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obesity (1) - James Lee Professor Tomlin English 102 Add...

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James Lee Professor Tomlin English 102 10/5/10 Add Obesity to the List of Diseases If you look up the word “disease” in a dictionary, you may read something along the lines of this: A disease is a disordered or incorrectly functioning organ, part, structure, or system of the body resulting from the effect of genetic or developmental errors, infection, poisons, nutritional deficiency or imbalance, toxicity, or unfavorable environmental factors. Obesity fits the definition of disease yet millions of Americans refuse to say it does. It is however a disease that is affecting millions of Americans and sooner or later, it will be known as a disease in the medical world, as it should. A quick easy way to check if you are obese is to find out what your BMI (Body Mass Index) is. A number over 30 means you are obese, a number between 25-29 means you are overweight. Obesity is one of the most talked about topics in our nation today. And it is well deserved. Obesity not only is a disease but it has become an epidemic. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 67% of all adults are obese. In case your eyes aren’t wide open and your jaw
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isn’t touching the ground, let me put that into perspective. 67% of Americans drink alcohol and
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