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Obesity: A problem Increasing By The pound

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No one should be surprised by the large percentage of Americans over weight these days. With faster than ever growing food chains and the way our money and appetites respond to walking past endless, mouthwatering posters in restaurant windows, there's no wonder why diet has become the talk of the century. As many have learned, accomplishing "weight loss" as not nearly as easy as it is to say it.

The facts are that 7.1% of children and adolescents 2-19 years of age are overweight. That is over 12 and a half million children. Of the adult population, 32.2% which is over 66 million are obese; and almost 5% are extremely obese. Significant differences in obesity between race and ethnic groups have also been observed. Mexican-American and Afro-American girls were found to be more overweight than non-Hispanic white girls. Where boys are concerned, the prevalence of overweight was considerably higher among Mexican-Americans than among both non-Hispanic black and Non-Hispanic white boys. Approximately 30% of non-Hispanic white adults, 45% of non-Hispanic Afro-American adults, and 36.8% of Mexican-American adults were found to be obese.

A significant difference in age seemed to play a huge part as well. Younger children are less likely to be overweight than adolescents, and older adults are more likely to be obese than younger adults. The weights of adults 80 and over tend to fall into the same category of adults 20-39 years of age.

Overweight issues are the result of an imbalance between the amount of food consumed and the amount of physical activity a person gets. Factors that are considered linked to obesity include increased potion sizes, eating out often, large consumptions of sugar-sweetened drinks, excessive television, computer and video gaming, a change in careers, stress, and fear of crime; which lessens outdoor activity. Overweight adolescents usually grow up to become obese adults. People gain weight when the body takes in more calories than it burns off. The extra calories are stored as fat. People who are obese are more than just a few pounds overweight, which means that their calorie intake has been more than I should have been for years.

A person's gene can play an important role in being obese, for example, some people burn calories faster or slower than others. It is odd how obesity works in families; members of a family can eat the same foods, share the same bad habits and have a similar mind frame when it comes to weight gain; however, only a few may have weight problems. In most cases, weight problems come from a combination of habits and genetic factors. Obesity can seriously affect a person's health in more ways than a little bit. Of course it can make a person feel tired and uncomfortable, as well as wear down joints and put extra strain on other parts of the body; but there are more serious consequences that come from carrying extra weight.

Obesity in young children can cause illnesses that usually affect the adult population, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver disease, and type2 diabetes. As they get older, they are subjected to even more problems such as the heart disease, congestive heart failure, bladder problems, strokes, breast or colon cancer, reproductive problems in women, and even death.

In addition to these things, small tasks such as walking, keeping up, playing sports, and even breathing can become extremely difficult. Depression is also very likely among people who are over weight. They may often feel sad or angry and many people eat to make themselves feel better, only to feel worse about eating again.

There is some good news, however; it is never too late for a person to make changes in their eating and exercising habits. Powerful health benefits can come from exercising as little as 30 minutes a day, everyday and paying close attention to what we put into our bodies. Staying away from sugary soft drinks such as sodas, and juice, and eating more fruits and vegetables can help significantly. Also, keeping a food diary and developing a better understanding of the nutritional value and fat contents of food, changing grocery shopping habits, timing meals, running, and walking is proven to do wonders for the body. Pills, and programs that promise instant weight loss or feature severely restricted diets are usually not effective and can be very dangerous.

A recent study has found that a key ingredient in over the counter diet pills can increase the risk of stroke in women. Diet pills are not a permanent solution to losing weight; in fact, studies prove that almost all consumers regain that were shed. Many people are initially discouraged during weight loss, especially if they have put on excessive weight during the years; but the sooner the change is started, the closer a person will get to living a happier, healthier life.


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