Obesity : An Amount Of Body Fat Essay

744 Words Nov 25th, 2016 3 Pages
Obesity is referred to as an excess amount of body fat. Although rates of obesity have risen among all ethnic groups; African Americans are affected greatly by this epidemic. “Obesity prevalence in United States adults exceeds 30% with the highest prevalence being among blacks” (Mehari et al,2015, p. 1). Nonetheless, with the implementation of a healthier diet, obesity rates within the African American population can decrease drastically.
People are categorized by healthcare professionals as being either underweight, healthy weight, overweight, or obese. Each category is determined by an individuals’ body mass index (BMI), which is a measurement of body fat in relation to an individuals’ height and weight. According to The US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 76.2% of black adults over the age of 20 years old had BMI levels of 2.5 or higher when compared to 67.2% of whites. BMI values that are under 18.5 are classified as underweight, values that range from 18.5 to 24.9 are classified as normal weight, 25 to 30 are classified as overweight and 30 to 35 are classified as obese. In order for the body to function properly, it requires a certain amount of energy that is obtained from the food we eat. Obesity is a result of an imbalance between calorie consumption and what our bodies burn off. Weight remains constant when the amount of calories eaten is proportionate to the amount of fat our bodies burn. However, when an individual eats more calories than they…

Related Documents