Obesity

Obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat in the body. Having too much fat is not the same as being overweight.  When the total percent of body fat exceeds what is considered average or optimal, the amount of fat begins to have delirious effect on health. Today many individual paying thousands of dollars on products for weight lost and the United states paying billion of dollars to reduce obesity as the CDC-funded study published in the journal Health Affairs said  “without a strong and sustained reduction in obesity prevalence, obesity will continue to impose major costs on the health system for the foreseeable future. And although health reform may be necessary to address health inequities and rein in rising health spending, real savings are more likely to be achieved through reforms that reduce the prevalence of obesity and related risk factors, including poor diet and inactivity.”Today obesity is an epidemic in America. It’s killing us and costing us more. Year after year Americans still continue to become more obese which is costing us more and most important killing us.  I believe that it’s necessary to address health inequities by educating American about how to be health, this might cost us less money, and  it might save as a lot of money in the future.

 

What Causes Obesity?

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Environmental Factor
  • Physical Activity
  • Psychologist Factor
  • Illness
  • Medication

How my body fat is not over weight but Obesity?

  • Mirror test
  • Skin fold Measurement
  • Hydrostatic weighing
  • Body Mass Index
  • Ultrasound, Light wave impedance

How much Body fat

Men: 15% to 20 % of total body weight

Women: 25% to 30% of total body weight

For men anything above 20% is Obesity, For women anything about 30% is obesity

Consequences of Obesity:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Surgical risk
  • Pregnancy problems

Picture: http://obesityinamerica.org/

CDC-funded study, Health Affairs.2012,  Weight of the Nation conference

http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/31/10/2183.full?sid=d5d4581a-2ba5-4b38-890e-004e042f09bd

 

8 thoughts on “Obesity

  1. As someone who is extremely dedicated to consistent excersize, I enjoy reading your blog posts. I think it’s great that you not only bring awareness to the problem, but also provide valuable information and good work out tips. Keep up the good work!

  2. I think it is very important that you are discussing the causes of obesity. A lot of people just think its because lack of exercise and bad hygiene, but it also includes like you have stated, enviromental factors, and genetics. I thought that was a great way to open people’s eyes to other reasons other than getting bad food to becoming obese.

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