Essay about Obesity : Obesity And How You Get Or Become Obese

1706 Words Nov 18th, 2015 7 Pages
There have been many misconceptions regarding what obesity is and how you get or become obese. This is because many people may not know what obesity really is. Just to clear it up, Merriam-Webster defines obesity “a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body”. This is basically saying that if you have accumulated more than the recommended amount of body fat, you are overweight. More than 68.8% of the American population is obese. Of that, about 22.9% are children, or anyone under 21. Of that, 17.9% are morbidly obese, meaning that you weigh about 3 or 4 times the recommended weight. It has been tested and studied, and some of the factors contributing to a child becoming obese are, particularly bad eating habits, not much physical education, low income homes, and of course, fast food restaurants. Not only do I believe that these factor contribute to becoming obese, I believe if they are not monitored the person affected will not be able to

According to the American Medical Association, obesity was not declared a disease, until June of 2013. Doctors and nurses believe that this will allow for obesity to be treated as a disease. Also, the obesity rates have skyrocketed; 5.6% in 1976-1980, and 10.3% in 200, and finally 17% in 2013. According to the American Obesity Association, 30% of American teens are overweight and 17% are obese. Considering there are almost 200 countries in the world, there were about 43 million children obese in…

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