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Obesity in America – The Growing Epidemic!

Obesity is a disease that affects approximately 60 million people in the United States, where women are especially affected.

Over one-third of women between the ages of 20 and 74 are obese, the majority of them being African American or Mexican American.

With more and more pre-packaged food and less and less activity, the number of obese people in America has steadily increased since the 1960′s.

An overweight person has a surplus amount of weight that includes muscle, bone, fat, and water.

Most health professionals concur that a man is obese if he has over 25 percent body fat, and a woman is obese if she has over 30 percent.

The most commonly used method to determine if a person is obese is to look at his/her Body Mass Index (BMI).

With obesity, comes the increased risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, Type II Diabetes, heart disease, and breast, colon, and prostate cancer.

In addition, obesity has been linked to mental health conditions such as depression or feelings of shame and low self-esteem.

Health experts say that even losing 10 to 15 percent of your body weight can dramatically decrease the risk of developing these serious conditions.

In addition, many obese people are discriminated against and targets of insults and other verbal abuse.

A number of factors, such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, genetics, and certain medical disorders, cause obesity, but it can be conquered.