The Effects Of Obesity On The United States Of America Essay

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Imaging studies have transcended the historically common musculoskeletal use becoming a crucial tool in most health care fields providing valuable information in the diagnosis and management of many conditions and diseases. One of those conditions is the continuing growing epidemic of obesity in the United States of America becoming one of the major causes of mortality in our country. Obesity is not an isolated cosmetic element (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 2012); it is a serious health factor with very noteworthy implications. Obesity increases the risk of diabetes, cerebrovascular illnesses, cardiac problems, gout, osteoarthritis, gallbladder and kidney diseases, abnormal blood fats, some type of cancers such as colon, breast and endometrial cancer, respiratory problems including sleep apnea, reproductive problems, and general quality of life (Mokhad, 2001). All these conditions resulted from obesity are sadly seeing in both adults and children. Currently the cost of obesity related problems in U.S. accounts for $190 billion of the healthcare costs of our nation per year; $14.3 billion of those are spent on childhood obesity costs (Speights, 2013). Child obesity has become a large public health concern. According to the National Institute of Health, an obese person is considered “obese” if he/she weights at least 20% higher of his/her recommended body weight and/or the person’s body mass index (BMI) is 30 or over. As physical therapists we face a great gamut…

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