Obesity And The Health Disparity Essay

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According to Defining (2012), obesity is defined as weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height. Obesity is diagnosed when an individual’s estimated body mass index (BMI) is greater than thirty. Obesity can be caused by genetics, inactivity, social or economic issues, unhealthy diet, certain medications, lack of sleep, etc., (Obesity, 2015). When individuals are obese, it puts them at a higher risk of certain disease processes. Obesity (2015), explains a few examples include but are not limited to heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, cancer, erectile dysfunction, infertility, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and depression. The Kaiser Family Foundation (2016) defines health disparity as a higher burden of illness, injury, disability or mortality is more relevant to one population group over another. Obesity certainly meets the qualifications of a health disparity because with each of these disease processes, the mortality rate increases as the life expectancy of obese patients decrease. It is important to educate individuals in our society about the risks of being obese and methods of preventing this health diagnosis because a majority of the causes of obesity are modifiable factors.
It can be implied that every individual in our society knows a “fat person” or we as nurses have taken care of a morbidly obese patient. Think about your personal beliefs and prejudices about obese people? Do they differ in your regular…

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