Obesity : The American Heart Association Essay

976 Words Dec 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Obesity is a condition that has no respect for persons, age, race or status. Obesity is described by the American Heart Association [AHA] (2016) as a condition in which an individual’s body weight is markedly higher than the ideal healthy weight. It is a prevailing public health and medical challenge in our society today and over 33% of all Americans are struggling with this condition. In 2013, a decision was made by the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and The Obesity Society to classify obesity as a disease (AHA, 2016). This decision raised some questions. With obesity being referred to as a disease, and playing a major role in the incidence of diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, many Americans do not consider it a disease since they are healthy and live disease-free lives.
Should obesity be considered a disease in our society today or not? Body Mass Index (BMI) is the widely accepted standard for measuring body mass. Body Mass Index (BMI) measures obesity using an individual’s height and weight as the basis of measurement (AHA, 2016). People with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are considered obese (AHA, 2016). Cohen (2016) supports the argument that Obesity is not a disease by declaring that the use of BMI as a measure of classification of obesity is wrong and over 19 million people have been wrongly diagnosed.
One-third of the American population, which implies, one in every three American, is obese. Both children and…

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