Tipping the Scales:
Americas Civil War with Obesity
Phoenix University Online
These days it’s hard to turn on the television or surf the internet, and not be bombarded with a celebrity sponsored commercials, or the many pop up advertisement advertising how one can lose 20 – 30 pounds in a matter of weeks. The manufactures of these products would love for us to believe it’s as simple as taking a pill, or participating in one of the many new fad diets. But if it were as simple as swallowing pill or just dieting then why has the obesity rate in the United States almost quadrupled in the past quarter century (Meich, et al)? It’s because the main problems like poor family support and influence, and the living of sedentary lifestyle can’t be corrected by ingesting a pill. To determine if someone is overweight or obese we use the body mass index, or BMI. It is a simple, easy to apply, index of weight-for-height that is commonly used in the medical filed to determine styles of body mass. Believe it or not there is a category known as underweight, and it is when your BMI is less than 18.5. Normal is when someone is between 18.5 and 24.9 BMI. This is followed by overweight which is anything from 25.0 to 29.9 BMI. Then the last, but not least is obese, which is considered anything greater than 30.0 BMI (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). There are those that believe that this is not the best way to correctly measure body fat, and they would be correct. Surely a person who is a professional weight lifter can have the same BMI as someone who has always been a couch potato all their life, but the dramatic distinguishing characteristics between these two body styles should leave no doubt in their mind the difference between what would be physically fit and obese. The choices parents make about what and how much they feed their family plays a significant role in the obesity epidemic. It would be nice to have the same life as the old...
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