Essay on Obesity : A Growing Problem

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Obesity has become a growing problematic health concern in America over the years. High blood pressure, diabetes, stokes, heart attacks, coronary artery and vascular disease, and cancer are just some of the side effects obesity causes. Although obesity has been at the forefront of news articles and politics, this problem is nothing new for America. The 1980’s brought on a new phase in the U.S.; working out and crazed dieting. However, while all of this was happening the number of obese Americans began to increase. From 1991 to 2001 there was nearly a 75 percent increase in obese Americans. Since this data was self-reported, the actual numbers may be much greater. (SOURCE #2) Currently more than two-thirds of Americans are either over-weight or obese (FRAC.org). Americans have become overweight or obese due to, poor nutrition choices, inactive lifestyles, and/or inherited traits. Even though there are numerous corresponding elements to the epidemic of American obesity, the fundamental problem is an energy imbalance within the individual (SOURCE).
Overweight and obesity are words used to describe a person’s weight that is heavier than what would be considered a “healthy” weight. According to the CDC, an overweight adult is defined as having a BMI (body mass index) of 25-29.9, while an obese adult has a BMI of 30 or higher. BMI is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by their height in meters squared (FRAC.org). This is now the standard measurement that defines an…

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