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Obesity in America

Obesity in America

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Obesity in America
It is clear to most all of us citizens of our great nation that we are weighing inhigher and higher these days. It is currently ranked by the U.S. Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention as the number one health threat facing America. Obesity causesan estimated 400,000 deaths every year. Our own state, Ohio, has the tenth highest levelof adult obesity in the nation, weighing in at 24.9 percent of the adults being obese andhas the fourth highest overweight high school students weighing in at 13.9 percent. Also,the state itself spent an estimated $289 per person in 2003 on medical costs related toobesity alone, which happens to be the eleventh highest in the nation. The heavyweightswhen it comes to obesity are Alabama and Mississippi, while the lightweight state isColorado, but no one state is doing that well. A hefty sum of about 65 percent of theAmerican population is either overweight or obese. Directly and indirectly the costs of obesity tip the scales at $117 BILLION per year.Endocrinologists or other healthcare professionals may measure the obesity of anindividual using the Body Mass Index or BMI and by measuring waist circumference for abdominal fat. Your Body Mass Index is found by multiplying your weight (in pounds) by 703 and dividing that by your height (in inches) squared. If the number you come upwith is below 18.5 then you are underweight, between 18.5 and 24.9 you are normal, between 25 and 29.9 you are overweight, and over 30 you are clinically obese.There aren’t many of causes of obesity, the biggest being overeating. Other factors are genetic traits, hormones that affect the way the body processes calories, behavioral issues, and an individual’s environment and culture. The effects of obesity can potentially be very deadly. Obesity can cause many different diseases that requirespecialized or long-term care. Some of these illnesses are: Type 2 (non-insulin dependent)diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, hypothyroidism, dyslipidemia,hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, glucose intolerance, congestive heart failure, angina pectoris, cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, osteoarthritis, gout, fatty liver disease, sleep apneaor other respiratory problems, polycystic ovary syndrome, fertility complications, pregnancy complications, psychological disorders, uric acid nephrolithiasis (also knownas kidney stones), stress urinary incontinence, cancer of the kidney, endometrium, breast,colon and rectum, esophagus, prostate and gall bladder, and of course, my personalfavorite, death.Knowing that obesity can cause all of these wonderful diseases, you may want toknow the benefits of losing weight. So I’ll tell you! Weight loss of five to fifteen percentwill result in lowering a person’s chances of developing heart disease or stroke. Losing

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