Obesity Is A Form Of Addictive Behavior Essay

1623 Words Feb 10th, 2016 7 Pages
Two of the most challenging health problems in the United States today are drug abuse and obesity. Obesity is a major public health problem that has been notoriously difficult to treat. Overeating has long been likened to drug and alcohol addictions in the media mainstream. (Holden, 2001) As new technologies for studying brain activity have emerged, scientists have recently begun to seriously investigate the theory that overeating can be a form of addictive behavior. (Volkow & Wise, 2005)
Recently, the occurrence of obesity and concern about its impacts on public health has grown dramatically. In our world of increasingly cheap, high calorie food; prepared foods that are high in things like salt, sugars or fats; combined with our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, increasing urbanization, and changing modes of transportation, it is no wonder that obesity has rapidly increased in the last few decades. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 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 reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems.(“Obesity,” 2011) Body Mass Index (BMI), a measurement which compares weight and height, defines people as overweight (pre-obese) if their BMI is between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2, and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m2. (“Overweight and Obesity,” 2010) Two reports, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention…

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