Thesis Statement – Modern Medicine is not the answer to the obesity problem
Your genetic makeup can be partially blamed for being over weight or obese. Excessive consumption of food high in saturated fat and high in sugar with no or minimal amount of exercise will see your BMI (Body Mass Index) rise to the level of 25 kg/m2 for overweight or over 30 kg/m2 for obese. BMI is measured by your weight divided by your height. In New Zealand according to Ministry of Health (MOH) there’s approximately 500,000 adults who are obese and 900,000 overweight. Maori and Pacific Islanders being the main contributors. According to the 2002/03 New Zealand Health survey 27 percent of Maori men and women and 36 percent of Pacific men and 47 percent of Pacific women were obese This is an astounding percentage for a small country like ours.
World Health Organization (2003) study shows:
“Fact: Globally, there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, at least 300 million of them obese. Fact: Obesity and over weight pose a major risk for chronic diseases, including Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke and certain forms of cancer. Fact: The key causes are increased consumption of energy dense foods high in saturated fats and sugars and reduced physical activity.” The possibility of developing Type 2 diabetes escalates when body fat increases. Approximately 85% of people with diabetes are Type 2 and of these, 90% are obese
or overweight (WHO, 2003)”. A physical examination and a measure of your BMI will determine if you’re overweight or obese. Medical and family history, inception of increased weight, smoking and alcohol consumption, the periods of loss and gain of weight are an important factor of what course your doctor will choose for you. Dieting and weight loss programmes under the guidance of your doctor are normally what you would begin with. Exercising for 30 minutes a day with a low fat high...
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