And, in a separate study of more than 300,000 adults over a 12-year period, reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, twice as many people died of physical inactivity versus obesity.
Another effect is obesity, which is widely observed in people who like watching TV and eating snacks everyday (there is even a term “TV snacks” to refer to fast food that is suitable for eating in front of the TV).
Obesity puts extra pressure on the heart in order to draw enough oxygen for the tissues and cells in the body. As a result, the blood pressure increases and hence the individual suffers from high blood pressure. In an effort to supply enough oxygen to all tissues and organs in the body, heart makes blood to flow through additional blood vessels and hence is a big threat to the patient’s life.
Consequently sabotaging the health of our children and our future as a nation, obesity once thought only to be common to the fully grown adult, has now plunged its way belly first into America's freshest gene pool.
The epidemic of obesity among children has its roots in consumer culture and in contemporary American society all a part of the environment that accommodates the modern-day American family....
Obesity is a condition in which the subject in question has excessive body fat which may pose negative effects on his/her health, and thus reducing the life expectancy of the subject and/or additionally increasing the health problems that the subject may encounter. Obesity is measured using the body mass index (BMI). The BMI is a measure that compares the height and weight of an individual to determine whether s/he is obese or pre-obese. Pre-obese people have a BMI which ranges between 25 to 30 kg/m2 and obese people are people with a BMI above 30 kg/m2. Obesity predisposes individuals to various health conditions, including type II diabetes, osteoarthritis, cardiovascular diseases, obstructive sleep apnea and various types of cancer. Currently, obesity is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States of America and many other developed nations round the globe. A number of European and American studies have shown that mortality risks are very low at a BMI of between 20 to 25 kg/m2 in people that do not smoke and at 24–27 kg/m2in people that smoke. The risk increases along with shifts in either direction. The same research has shown that a BMI above 32 doubles the rate of mortality among females aged above 16 years.
Very well written essay. Obesity is very dangerous, especially in children. I believe junk food is the main reason for obesity today. Parents need to keep an eye on the eating habits of kids.
Thanks for pointing out that obesity could be because of genetics too. I hate when people make fun of fat people without knowing facts. Some people could be obese because of some other reasons and not because they eat a lot or don’t workout. So stop judging us.
Not only this, insomnia is also very common in obese people. Leading a healthy lifestyle is the only way of preventing as well as getting rid of obesity.
Excessive caloric intake coupled with a sedentary life is the most common cause of obesity among most obese people. A part from these common causes there a few cases of genetically caused obesity. Genetically obese people are predisposed to the condition due to their genetic make up. Other conditions may also be responsible for obesity, and these may include psychiatric illnesses, medications and endocrine disorders. Despite the genetic pre-disposure, the view that some people gain a lot of weight even with little caloric intake because of a slow metabolism is greatly limited; on average non-obese people have less energy expenditure compared to their fat counterparts because the fat people require more energy to maintain the bigger body mass. Reviews in 2006 identified another 10 potential contributors to the current rise in obesity. The causes include: (1) endocrine disruptors which influence lipid metabolism, (2) less sleep, (3) a high use of medications that increase the likelihood of being obese such as atypical antipsychotics, (4) the increase in close lineage individuals that tend to the condition, (5) pregnancy at a later age, higher BMI natural selection (6) reduced levels of smoking which is responsible for food intake suppression, (7) reduced variability of ambient temperature and (8) genetics. The research on these is inconclusive, but there is an established connection, though not as strong as the earlier stated causes.
Hardening of the arteries, also known as Atherosclerosis, is common in people suffering from obesity. This is because of the deposition of fat along the walls of arteries and blood vessels.
Osteoarthritis is also a common problem faced by obese people. Because of the stress on the legs and hip due to being overweight, an individual can suffer from joint pain.
The mind over matter principle some how also reaches out to obesity and there is certainly some interactive or causal relation between a person’s emotions and mental state and his weight. The link is however complicated and not easy to explain. For example being in a state of stressful life or occupation may result in obesity. In conducted researches people that reported a single incident of job stress were at a 17% increased risk of being obese, and this rate increased with the reported cases of increased stress.