Impact of Obesity

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The Impact of Obesity
By C Simms
HCA/240
February, 13 2011

Obesity is a major health hazard all over the world. Although, smoking is the number one cause of death in America, obesity is rapidly catching up. More than thirty percent of Americans suffer from obesity. Today I am going to explain the major effects of obesity, discuss the risk factors that can be controlled and not controlled, and the treatment options that you have.

Anyone can suffer from obesity. It can come from the type of lifestyle you live and it also can be genetic. There are many diseases caused by obesity such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, and breathing problems such as sleep apnea.

When a person does not eat healthy this can cause someone to become obese. Many people have busy lives so this can make it hard for someone to eat healthy. For many of us, it's easier to reach for prepared foods, go out to eat, or go to the drive-through. But these foods are often high in fat and calories. Portions are usually too large. Our work schedules, long commutes, and other commitments also cut into the time we have for physical activity.
Family history or genetics can cause a person to be overweight. If your parents are obese you have three times likely to be obese as to someone that has healthy parents. Your family's and friends' lifestyles can also affect your weight. If your family or friends eat a lot of high-fat or snack foods, eat at irregular times, and skip meals, you probably will too. And if they are not physically active, you may not be either.

Sometimes someone may have low self-esteem because of their weight. This may lead them to eating for comfort. Many times people will try diets that fail and can affect their self-esteem as well and keep them from being physical active making it harder for them to lose weight. Some people may suffer from depression, stress or anxiety and this can cause them to overeat. Eating...
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