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Rumore 1 Obesity: A Growing Concern of America James Rumore April 26, 2007 Sociology 2501 Hagi Bradley
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Rumore 2 Obesity: A Growing Concern of America College is a time where many students gain weight, especially the freshmen. Everyone has heard of the “Freshmen 15.” If one does not know, this saying means at the end of freshmen year in college, students tend to return home in the summer with some extra weight. I know that I have gained my fifteen pounds, plus more. Many college students view the “Freshmen 15” as a cosmetic alteration, but what some do not realize is that it can eventually become a major health concern. Obviously, this is becoming a problem everywhere in the world. Children and adolescents who cannot control the problem at their time in life will have hardships as an adult, facing obesity and disease. Obesity is generally someone who is overweight to a great extent. A body mass index, or BMI, is performed on a person to determine where he/she ranks among the average person in size. It is a very simple process that involves measuring height and weight to determine the outcome. However, there are few flaws to the system. A person who may have little body fat and lots of muscle could have a high BMI, even though that person is not obese. Muscle always weighs more than fat. Also, there is a difference between obesity and being overweight. Mainly, it is the distinction between gaining a few pounds, and gaining weight of double-digit proportions. (Hassink) Currently, America is ranked 9 th as one of the largest/fattest countries in the world. A few years ago, America was the largest nation in the world but recently, the country of Nauru was ranked #1 in the polls for 2007. Also, as of this year, 1.6 billion people are overweight in the world. If one thinks about how there is about 6 billion people in the world, then one-third of the population is overweight. An increase in this number is due to the many countries in the South Pacific and Pacific Ocean. The people that live on the islands have “ballooned” over the
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