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There is no doubt that obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. By most research, 60% of adults in the United States are overweight and over 30% of adults are obese. Obesity can be classified as being over 100 pounds over ideal weight and generally comes with a host of other health problems that may include:
- Type-2 diabetes
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Sleep Apnea
- Heart Diseases
- Certain forms of Cancer
- Other possible dangerous or life-threatening conditions
The Cost of Obesity
More than the skyrocketing yearly direct cost (over $60 billion) and indirect cost (estimated at over $100 billion) of obesity, it has cost thousands of people their lives. Those who suffer from obesity are usually plagued by health conditions, often from an early age. Diseases that we rarely saw in teenagers and adolescents are now becoming more and more common.
Causes of Obesity
There are three main causes of obesity: genetic, environmental and medical.
Genetic Factors: Generally, children of those who are obese tend to be obese themselves. The genetic link to obesity is difficult to establish since it could also be environmental, however there is a growing consensus that, in some cases, obesity may indeed be genetic.
Environmental Factors: Obesity can also result from environmental and social factors as lifestyles and behaviors have changed over generations. A decrease in physical activity, combined with an increase in caloric intake, has caused Americans to gain more weight than ever. The world around us can be hectic, and oftentimes we don't realize how much we are consuming to the detriment of our health.
Medical Factors: There are medical causes of obesity that can stem from treatable diseases or from the side effects of certain drugs and medicines. Any of these may cause significant weight gain.
How do I know if I am At Risk?
A Body Mass Index, or BMI calculator can help you determine if you are overweight or obese. You should also factor in your body shape which can be a predictor of health problems. Recent research has proven that waist circumference and abdominal fat are linked to serious obesity-related health problems. If your body stores its fat mainly in the waist/abdominal area, you will be more susceptible to health issues. Women whose waist measurement is over 35 inches and men whose waist measurement is over 40 inches are at the highest risk.