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Obesity In The United States

If you are overweight, this is extremely dangerous for your health.

Obesity is caused by an energy imbalance which results from consuming too many calories and not getting enough exercise.

Behavior and the environment are the biggest causes of people being overweight today.

Being overweight increases your risk for many health conditions and diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, stroke, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems and even some cancers.

There are several ways that doctors use to decide if a patient is obese.

The BMI takes into account a patient’s weight and height and comes up with their body mass.

For most people, this is an accurate way to get the amount of body fat in your body.

Other ways to estimate body fat include measuring skin fold thickness, waist circumference, ultrasounds, waist to hip circumference ratios, MRI and computed tomography.

In 1991, only four states had obesity rates of 15 to 19% and no states had obesity rates above 20%.

There are many reasons why obesity is so prevalent today which include behavioral reasons, environmental reasons and genetic reasons.

In the past 20 years, the environment and people’s behavior has drastically changed, causing this jump in obesity.

Fast food restaurants, soft drinks and pre-packaged foods are much more readily available than they were 20 years ago.

Everyone is taking larger portions and eating more snacks.

There are so many unhealthy snacks being sold and everyone buys them.

This is very unhealthy because people are consuming so many calories and not burning them off.

Something everyone can do to prevent becoming obese or to lose weight if you are already obese is physical activities.

Physical activity is good for your health; it not only controls your weight, buy it also decreases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and colon cancer.

Elevators, dishwashers, computers and televisions also are causes for our inactivity.

If you do not get to a normal weight, it is an enormous health risk for you.