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Click to edit Master subtitle style  5/12/09 America’s Obesity and The Fast Food  Industry Charlie Domnisch
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 5/12/09 The Growth of a Nation Between the 1960’s and today, obesity rates have  nearly tripled At the present rate it is estimated that by 2015, 75%  of America will be overweight  41% will be obese Obesity is quickly becoming the number one health  threat facing Americans Obesity is only second to smoking when it comes to  preventable deaths
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 5/12/09 Why is Obesity Growing? There are several factors which contribute to this  growing epidemic One that stands out is the fast food industry As the obesity epidemic has risen so has the growth  of the fast food industry Fast food is a cheap, quick alternative to cooking a  healthy meal
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 5/12/09 Obesity in America About half of American adults are obese or  overweight About one quarter of American children are obese or  overweight America has the highest obesity rate of any  industrialized nation in the world Obesity currently results in about 400,000 deaths  annually
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 5/12/09 Health Risks Associated With Obesity Cardiovascular disease Hypertension (high blood pressure) Type 2 diabetes risk is 3 times higher Cancer (breast, uterine, prostate) Osteoarthritis (weakening of joints) Increased risks during surgery                             ie: more anesthetic is needed, there is  a greater chance of infection 
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 5/12/09 Measuring Obesity A person is classified as overweight or obese based on  their BMI BMI refers to the Body Mass Index and is a measure  of a person’s weight relative to their height BMI is the most commonly used measurement when  trying to asses if a person is overweight Other methods include skinfold measurements,       hydrostatic, and air displacement
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 5/12/09 BMI Readings BMI= (weight(lbs)/ height^2 (in x in)) x 703 For example: person weighs 132 lbs and is 5’8”     [132lbs/(70”)^2] x 703= [132/4900] x 703=18.9     This person would be considered of normal weight BMI under 18.5 means you are underweight BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered normal weight To be classified as overweight, your BMI would be in  the range of 25 to 29.5
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 5/12/09 Flaws With BMI BMI measurements can be misleading BMI calculations do not take into effect whether a 
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