Obesity in America Essay

3307 Words Sep 21st, 2013 14 Pages
Obesity is defined as a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduce life expectancy and/or increased health problems. “The problem of obesity is increasing in the United States. Understanding the impact of social inequalities on health has become a public health priority in the new millennium. Social, political, and economic factors now are acknowledged to be "fundamental" causes of disease that affect behavior, beliefs, and biology.” (Goodman, 2003) In the United States today, obesity has become an enormous problem. In the last 3 decades, the number of people overweight has increased dramatically. Obesity has not always been seen as a medical …show more content…
Anonymity was guaranteed by ensuring strict confidentiality of any material related to the study. Thorough simple reading of the data (transcripts and field notes) produced several interesting impressions related to the adolescent's obesity. The data revealed that habits relating to food and exercise were of particular interest. The data showed that both adolescents and parents were occupied by thoughts of responsibility; i.e., the adolescents blamed themselves for being obese and the parents blamed their child for not being motivated and determined to lose weight. These thoughts influenced the adolescents’ ability to reduce weight through behavioral modifications. Obesity is believed to be caused by too much caloric intake accompanied while those calories are not worked off. Factors that may contribute to this imbalance include: Limited exercise and inactive lifestyle, Genetic predisposition, a high fat diet, weight cycling, caused by repeated attempts to lose weight by dieting, underlying illness (e.g. hypothyroidism), an eating disorder (such as binge eating disorder), stressful mentality insufficient sleeping, Psychotropic medication. (Murtagh, Dixey, & Rudolf, 2006)
A Harvard Health Report, “Weight Less, Light Longer,” discusses how many children do not realize that there appetite and diet can be closely related to many psychological factors. Any child who has ever binged on chips or cookies when they feel upset can understand this. Several

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