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Obesity in America Michaela Schwartz Com 150 3/28/10 Sheila Rogers Obesity in America “Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems” (Wikipedia, 2010). In 2008 the government completed a census to put a number on the obesity problem in the United States. The results found that 32 states in our country “had prevalence equal to or greater than a 25 percent” body mass index, or BMI (CDC, 2008). BMI is a measurement which compares a person’s height and weight in to determine the amount of fat on a person’s body. If someone’s BMI is greater than or equal to 25, then they are considered overweight. The obesity rates in our country are soaring higher each year and the risks to those who are overweight are growing also; therefore, it is extremely fundamental that people learn now how to be healthy and teach the next generation to do the same. Although it may take some time, it is possible to be healthy while having fun and without changing too much of your daily lifestyle. “Since 1980, overweight rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents – increasing the number of years they are exposed to the health risks of obesity” (CDC, 2003). A condition once thought to only affect adults is now being found in younger generations. Though the disease is still rare, childhood-onset type two diabetes is causing the same symptoms for children as in adults; symptoms such as, blindness, kidney disease, and amputations. “Sixty-one percent of overweight five to ten-year-olds already have at least one risk factor for heart disease, and twenty-six percent have two or more risk factors” (CDC, 2003). It is more imperative, now than ever that parents start exercising and eating correctly to show our next generations how to be healthy and live longer.
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One way for people to eat healthier is to be more aware of the calorie intake they are putting into their bodies. According to Clyde Yancy, President of the American Heart Association, “with the number of meals Americans consume outside of the home reaching an all- time high, it [is] more important than ever for consumers to have calorie information on menus and menu boards to make informed and healthy food choices in restaurants.” In his speech about
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