Obesity : A Physical Image Issue Essay

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Being overweight or obese is a physical image issue. More importantly, it is a matter of health, raising an individual’s risk for serious health conditions. Obesity is a driver of several chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes (T2DM), hypertension (HTN), cardiovascular disease (CVD), chronic respiratory diseases, stroke, metabolic syndromes, and cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for nearly 70% of deaths globally (WHO, 2016).
In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced its new policy defining obesity as a disease (AMA, 2013). The obesity epidemic results in both health and financial hardship for many individuals. As of 2014, 32.8% of adults (≥ 20 years of age) were classified as overweight (up to 29 lbs over normal weight); another 37.9% of adults were classified as obese (CDC, 2014) (≥ 30 lbs overweight). Six percent of those adults in the obese category were technically classified as morbidly obese (The State of Obesity, 2015) (≥ 100 lbs overweight). That accounts for 78 million adults in the United States. Moreover, this does not account for the 14.8% of children and teenagers (2 to 19 years of age) that were classified as overweight, and the 17% of children and teenagers who were classified as obese (The State of Obesity, 2015). In addition, these obesity-related diseases are draining the U.S. government’s confers as well as each individual’s pocketbook. According to the American…

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