What is Obesity?

 

You may have heard that a certain amount of Americans and a certain amount of the world are obese, but what is obesity?

We may know that obese people are overweight, but what classifies people as obese?

In this article we are going to answer the question, “What is obesity?”

Simply put, obesity is additional body fat that is not needed for operation. Obesity is one of the most common problems when it comes to health. This is very true in America.

One third of Americans adults are considered to be obese. These measurements are done by the BMI or body mass index scale. Your weight and height are used to calculate your body mass index. If you have a BMI that is over 30 this is then classified as a high BMI.

Adults aren’t the only ones that are affected by obesity. There are around nine million American children which range from ages 6 to 17 that are obese. This number has gone up about double since the sixties.

Obesity causes many problems for adults and for children. When obesity is very severe it could even result in death. This is usually because obesity causes many other problems in the body to be aggravated and worsened.

Obesity can be caused by many different things. You could not just look at a person and assume that they were overweight because of one thing or anyone.

Your genetics are one of the things that can play a factor in whether you are overweight or not. Even if your genetics say you are more likely to be overweight, that does not mean that you can not maintain a healthy weight, it just means that you are going to have to work a little harder. There are some rare cases that a genetic disease could make it near impossible to keep from being obese.

Some of the other reasons for obesity are physiological influences, eating disorders, lifestyle, carrying children, etc. There are other things that could have to do with weight gain or maintaining weight, but those are the most common ones.

Once you know what obesity is, what it can cause and how many people are affected, you can begin to help with the weight gain epidemic. Changing your life and your lifestyle is the best way to keep from being obese. Sometimes people need some help jumpstarting the process however.


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