Obesity - America has become a society obsessed with...

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America has become a society obsessed with appearance, especially weight. We are conditioned a at a young age to believe the only way to be normal is to be thin. This norm is projected to millions of p Americans each day through television, magazines, billboards and every other form of media and o advertising. How are people to know acceptance and happiness with themselves and others when o our culture propagates what the perfect body should be. o It is the search for the elusive, perfect body that has created a thirty-three billion dollars a year b weight loss industry. Yet few reduce their body fat and even fewer maintain their weight loss beyond w two to three years. This leads to yo-yo dieting and increased low self-esteem of people constantly p struggling to become what they see as a normal member of society. s A problem that lies within this problem, is the chronically obese person. Obesity is when one's body O wieght is 25-30% above normal. While overweight is 20-30 pounds over normal. Most people, M including health care providers see the problem with obesity as eating too much and exercising too e little. But in truth, for many obese people the problem lies with genetic predisposition, metabolic p problems, binge eating or sometimes all. These factors make dieting virtually impossible because i these problems are not ones that can be solved by simply cutting calories. Especially the problem of E binge eating. b Compulsive "binge" eating in the obese is not caused by just wanting to eat. The want to eat is T caused by looking for a sense of security. A sense of security wanted because there are poor or no t coping skills for stress or depression and low self-esteem. Therefore, when a compulsive overeater c or binge eater diet, the diet is doomed to fail because the weight returns when the person resumes p
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normal eating. Thus creating an even greater depression. n Now many obese people have medical research to turn to as to why the weight they lost usually t comes back. Recent research has strongly backed the set-point theory, which says
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2011 for the course ACCT 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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