Obesity And Obesity

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An issue in America is obesity. This problem occurs in children and adults. Obesity is a growing problem throughout our country. A cure for this national problem is to begin a weight loss journey. Being overweight or obese does not come from only eating too much without moderate exercise, it can be hereditary. Overeating is not the only cause of weight gain. There are many factors that go into weight gain and being unhealthy. With small changes, that pesky number on the scale can decrease. Weight is a problem that needs to change in America. To begin, obesity can be psychological. In Exploring Psychology written by David G. Myers, says, “Obesity can be socially toxic, by affecting both how you are treated and how you feel about yourself.” The battle with being overweight or obese can be genetic. The varieties of foods and activity levels of individuals can also play a role in weight loss and gain. “A worldwide study of 188 countries (Ng et al., 2014) revealed that over the last 33 years, no country has reduced its obesity rates. Not one” (Myers, 382). America’s obesity rate alone is greater than twenty percent according to stateofobesity.org. “Nationally, …show more content…
This is calculated by using the Body Mass Index or BMI. The body weight index is configured using both height and weight. A person who is overweight will have a slightly lower BMI than someone who is obese. “A person is considered obese when BMI is over 30. A person is considered overweight when their BMI is between 25 and 29.9” (Sachdev). A BMI between 30 and 35 is considered class one obese or moderately obese. Class two obese or severely obese has a body mass index between 35 and 40. Class three is morbidly obese has a BMI greater than 40. The normal range of BMI is between 18.5 and 25. Many websites have body mass calculators to calculate BMI correctly if someone is concerned. This is an easy tool to aid in beginning a healthy

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