Obesity & Diabetes in America 3Are you obese? No?? Are you sure about that?? A lot of people are so close to or actually areobese that
they don’t even realize it. Obesity is a condition that easily sneaks up & makes a victim of all
of us. It commonly starts at a very young age. Children only want to eat sweets, cakes, chips, & frenchfries. Their parents will usually give in to their incessant crying & begging for the unhealthy choices thatcan ultimately hurt them later in life. Once they start to gain the weight at a very young age, by the time
they’re teenagers, their weight is already & out of hand & practically uncontrollable.
According todonnorschoose.org, the percentage of overweight children and adolescents in the US has nearly tripled
since the early 1970’s.
More than one in five children between the ages of 6 and 17 are now consideredoverweight. During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase of obesity in children,adolescents & adults in the United States. In 2009, only Colorado and the District of Columbia had aprevalence of obesity less than 20 percent. Thirty-three states had a prevalence of obesity equal to orgreater than 25 percent; nine of these states (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi,Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia) had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than30 percent.What is obesity? Obesity is a state of excessive body fat accumulation that is associated withnegative health consequences. Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. BMI iscalculated by dividing the weight of the patient (in kilograms) by the squared height of the patient (inmeters). Nearly 30 percent of the population in all industrialized countries is either overweight orobese, and obesity has now surpassed malnutrition and infectious disease as the most prevalent causeof health-related problems in industrialized and developing countries. So what causes obesity? Obesityresearchers have discovered a complicated picture of the underlying causes of the condition. Thesimple cause is ingestion of more calories than are needed for the energy
used in a person’s daily
routine, the extra calories being stored in the body as fat. Inactivity and lack of exercise can becontributing factors; the less active the person, the fewer calories are needed to maintain normal body