Body Fat and Eating Disorders

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Body fat and eating disorders|
Marissa Amarillas|
University of Phoenix|
Sci 241
Ose Martinez|
January 20, 2013|

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Exercising daily and eating well balanced meals is ideal for people who want to keep a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, that is not the case today in America. Obesity has had a dramatic increase over the past 20 years; adults “(35.7%) and approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years” in the past 20 years (CDC, 2012).

Weight loss is a difficult journey and you sometimes hear stories of people reaching their ideal goals. Weight loss takes time and effort but what if that is not the case? One key understanding to reach your goals may be learning about body composition. Why is it so important? To help you understand your body is made up of fat mass or fat-free mass. “Fat-free mass includes lean muscle, bones, organs, tissue and water. When people refer to body composition, they are generally talking about body fat percent, or the percentage of your body mass that is fat” (Frey, 2012). There are several risks from having too much body fat. Normally, ones self- image is enough to make you think twice about eating that pizza, but we also need to be aware of what’s going on inside our bodies. “There are currently 18 million people living with type 2 diabetes, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist” (Campbell, 2011). There are also risks of cancer and stroke when having too much body fat. “Approximately 137,000 people die of a stroke every year. Being overweight can lead to higher cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes” (Campbell, 2011). These diseases can be maintained and even prevented by regular exercise and good nutrition.

Obesity has become such a problem in youth today that other diseases have arisen because of the fear of being different is so high. Anorexia, Bulimia and Binge eating are taking over teen and adult lives. “There are two...
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