October 17, 2011
Who to Blame?
Before discussing who is responsible for our obesity, let us have a look at the word OBESITY. What is obesity? What causes obesity? Afterwards, we will see who we should take the blame. According to WebMD.com, obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat. When a person's weight is 20% or more above normal weight, he or she is considered obese. A person is considered overweight if his or her body mass index, is the most common measure of obesity, is between 25 and 29; a person is considered obese if his body mass index is over 30 ("Healthy Eating & Diet-Obesity"). Since we now know what obesity means, let us have a look at the causes of obesity. In scientific terms, obesity occurs when a person's calorie intake exceeds the amount of energy he or she burns. What causes this imbalance between consuming and burning calories is unclear. Evidence suggests that obesity often has more than one cause. Psychological, genetic, environmental, and other factors all may play a part, according MetroHealth.org ("The Weight Loss Surgery Program"). People eat in response to negative emotions such as anger, boredom, or sadness and that’s how psychological factors influence eating habits. According to ClevelandClinic.org, "while most overweight people have no more psychological disturbance than normal weight people, about 30 percent of the people who seek treatment for serious weight problems have difficulties with binge eating"; furthermore, people eat large amounts of food while feeling they can't control how much they are eating during a binge eating episode. And according to the same website, those with binge eating disorder may have more difficulty losing weight and keeping the weight off than people without binge eating problems ("Overview of Obesity"). According to many researches, obesity tends to run in families suggesting that it may have a genetic cause and this information started to be a common sense. However, family members...
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