Essay on Obesity : The Prevalence Of Obesity

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The increasing prevalence of obesity is directly related in adverse health outcomes (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL cholesterol and endometrial cancer in women, and colorectal cancer in men) in American Indian/Alaskan Native communities.
According to the Centers for Disease Control in 2013, Diabetes was the 4th leading cause of death in American Indians/Alaskan Natives. Currently in the United States, 35.1% of adults 20 years and over are obese. In the American Indian population 69.0% of adults age 20 years and over are overweight. 20.5% of adolescent’s age 12-19 years are obese, 17.7% of children 6-11 years are obese, and 8.4% of children 2-5 are obese. Population affected by obesity and diabetes is American Indians/Alaskan Natives who have a higher risk.
According to the article, The epidemic of obesity in American Indian Communities and the need for childhood obesity-prevention programs 1’2’3, “Obesity has become a major health problem in American Indians only in the past 1-2 generations and is believed to be associated with the relative abundance of high-fat foods and the rapid change from active to sedentary lifestyles.”(Story) There has been a trend toward increasing obesity prevalence. Due to the increasing obesity outcome there is an increase in health risks including “type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hypertriglyceridemia, low HDL cholesterol and endometrial cancer in women, and colorectal…

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