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Obesity is seen everywhere around us. Obesity is more than just eating two Big Macs rather than one. Obesity is a lifestyle disease which is spreading rapidly worldwide. Individuals of all age, gender and ethnicity are affected by this disease. Still, a general trend has been observed that women are affected more than the men. The tendency to gain weight also increases with the growing age. However, an alarming trend of childhood obesity is being noticed in the recent years . In definition terms, obesity is where a person consumes more calories than he or she burns or having more fat then the normal person of your statue should have . Yes, there are some factors that cause obesity, but there are three big factors that are associated with obesity and how it affects someone’s weight. What are the health factors associated with obesity? (1)Genetic factors, (2)physical factors, and (3)social factors play a role in obesity. The genetic factor that causes obesity is really out of our hands and in certain cases a plateau phase has been noticed. This generally occurs due to hormonal imbalance mainly caused by disturbance in physiological system of our bodies. Genetic predisposition also plays a major role as a causative factor. If both your parents are overweight, then the odds of you being overweight or obese increase a lot. This factor plays a role in our weight because usually with heavier parents the more junk food and portion sizes are on the table. The next factor of physical activity also plays a role on how it affects our weight. Current research suggests that physical inactivity is inversely correlated with the risk of obesity. Many physicians and health care professionals are advised to encourage children and adolescents to increase the time that they spend on physical activities and sports by at least 30 min/day, with at least 10 min involving vigorous activities. Rather than going out and walking our dogs, we choose to sit and stare at the television. We eat such large meals and then sit and watch television rather then move around. People who watch a lot of television happens to be the ones who do the least amount of exercise. These people are called "couch potatoes". These factors contribute to weight gain. Without physical activity and more sitting around, we are allowing our bodies to gain weight. Physical activity is important and it will help us lose weight and help aid in obesity. Social factors are one of the biggest factors associated with obesity that affects our weight. Food is often used as a social affair in the world. Society doesn’t help one bit. There are those social functions that we attend every day or week that cause affects to our weight. We attend those diner parties, those birthday parties and work luncheons on a daily basis. Why do we do this? because we are part of a social group that includes eating, being overweight, and laziness. Our social status is what I think makes us more acceptable to obesity. All those factors can be prevented, but we just choose not to.

Another social factor is stress and eating which is very dangerous thing to practice. There have been those times when I’m guilty of doing this. I would be so mad or stress about something that food is the only thing to calm me down. Stress does influence our eating behaviors, from overeating to under-eating. When under stress, someone can both eat a lot and eat too little. If someone is stressed about their weight, they usually tend to eat less. However, if someone is stressed about school, they might eat a lot and not care about it. Stress eating disorders can lead or develop someone to become obese. There are stress hormones that do control our appetite and if we are stressed about something, this hormone can change. It is very common to see the relationships between stress and eating, but we need to deal with it in other ways. There are many ways to cope with stress and eating should not be one period.

Although obesity is an worldwide epidemiology, there are ways to prevent it. As a health promotion student I feel like obesity should be studied more in society. It is a need that needs to be assessed due to the growing rate of children being affected. Where do we turn to seek help for this epidemic? Some say the government should take charge of the situation like in the cases of seatbelt and smoking laws, while others say that it is the responsibility of the schools. I say it's us, because only we can seek change about our bodies and change our lifestyle ways that effect the obesity epidemic.

Works Cited
Nguyen, Thang, and David C.w. Lau. "The Obesity Epidemic and Its Impact on Hypertension." Canadian Journal of Cardiology 28.3 (2012): 326-33. Print. Pradinuk, Mia, Jean-Pierre Chanoine, and Ran D. Goldman. Obesity and Physical Activity in Children 57.7 (2011): 779-82. Web. Sothern, Melinda S. "Obesity Prevention in Children: Physical Activity and Nutrition." Nutrition 20.7-8 (2004): 704-08. Print.

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