Essay about Obesity And Its Effects On The Human Body

1061 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
According to the Australia Bureau of Statistics, approximately sixty-five percent of Australians are overweight or obese. Over nutrition and obesity are becoming an epidemic in Australia, triggering many, otherwise preventable, diseases and other health issues, as well as shortening the lifespan of this generation. This disease affects and is affected by diet, lifestyle and nutrition, and implicates every aspect of life.

Obesity and over nutrition have large, and sometimes fatal, consequences on the human physiology, lifestyle, diet and nutrition intake. The excess weight an obese person carries can cause a wide range of diseases and other health issues, including the well-known issues such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, as well as some less known ones, such as dehydration, infertility and gallstones (Peete. C 2014, pg. 2). The most common nutrients that are over-consumed are carbohydrates, proteins and fats, each having different effects on the human body. Carbohydrates, including sugars, starches and indigestible fibre, are broken down into glucose and travel in your blood. However, an excess in the blood can raise a person’s triglyceride (a type of unhealthy fat) levels and lower their levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol). These can contribute to a higher risk of heart-diseases, such as atherosclerosis, where cholesterol accumulates in artery walls and subsequently narrows the arteries, coronary disease, heart-attack or angina (Marie. J…

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