Obesity: Major Health Problem in the U.S.

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In the U.S. Obesity is a major health problem of children, teens, and adults, as well as in other countries. Obesity is defined as the point at which an adults BMIs >30.0, and/or WC> 40 inches for men, 35 inches for women, and/or WHR is > 1.0; and for children, weigh falls in the > 97percentile.(Hutchinson, 2007, p342)

Many people are obese because of their lack or inability to eat nutritious meals, frequent exercise, or even take nutrition supplement or vitamins. Many individuals rather, get on their computers, play video games, watch movies and tv than go outside like the modern times and enjoy taking a brief walk, or jog or play like we did when we were kids. Today in the U.S., 1 out of 3 people are obese, which is a rising trend that extends well beyond the U.S. border. In most newspaper and magazine articles there are topics, subjects and interventions on obesity. This is also for developing countries which high rates in this modern time (Mizuno, Shu, Makimura, & Mobbs, 2004)

The percentage of obese children in the U.S. has doubled within the last 20years (Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2003 National Library of Medicine [NLM], 2005)

Health disparities abound for those who are obese. In the U.S. especially people of the lower SES are more likely to experience or be obese. Facotors of Obese people is that they are less likely to have the economic means to do something about which could include paying for gym memberships, or going to a weight loss clinic, as well as education of learning the important things needed to change their health and food habits that leads to obesity to meet this challenge. (Hutchinson, 2007, p226)

Underdeveloped countries are reporting obesity and have an alarming increasing rate. Malnutrition is the growing evidence that play an important role in obesity especially for the poor people that are living in urban neighbor hoods with concentrated poverty, energy-dense diets are more...
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