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Obesity - Cause & Solutions

By ponyraper Mar 15, 2013 1053 Words

Obesity is the mother of all diseases and,
I chose the subject partly due to a personal interest, and due to that it is a big problem for society. Obesity is a growing issue, not only in the USA, but in our own back yard. - Obese people would most likely end up having a stroke, or he or she will suffer from a heart disease – so he or she needs to be operated on, which costs a lot of money, thus making it a problem for society.

There is no benefit in being obese. Not only will you be more reliable on transportation, but you will also increase the chances of getting diabetes, stroke and numerous other diseases. You could also end up suffering from sleep apnoea (interrupted breathing during sleep). So the more obese you are, the greater the chances of you getting these health problems

I’ve picked three diseases, which is the most common in the western world: heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Coronary heart disease is when your heart accumulates fat so it builds up in the body’s arteries, so the blood can’t reach the heart. Coronary heart disease and stroke are very much alike, but when it’s a stroke, then blood can’t be transferred to the brain. Type 2 diabetes (noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus) is the most common type of diabetes in the states. It reduces ones body to control the blood sugar, and it is a major cause of early death, heart disease, stroke and so forth.

Kids and obesity.
5-25% of children in the US are obese.
But it’s not like all obese infants and children, grow up to be obese adults, however the prevalence of obesity increases with age among both males and females, and there is a greater chance for the obesity to become “solid” throughout the life of the obese person.

The causes of childhood obesity are mostly when the parents themselves are obese. This sends a negative signal between the child and the parents, because the parents transfer their eating habits on to the child’s. Obesity is greater among children and adolescents (puberty hit child, 18year-olds) who often watch television, not only because there is a minimal of burned calories, but also the consumption (what you eat) of high-calorie snacks.

Childhood obesity also can also lead to psychological aggression, such as peer aggression. Obese boys and girls are two times more likely to get mugged or bullied, than normal-weight youngsters. And obese girls were twice as likely to be physically bullied on a weekly basis, than normal-weight girls. Even though they seem innocent, the obese children can also lead the harm over to another crowd. Obese girls were more than five times more likely than normal-weight girls to physically bully other youngsters at least once weekly. – The same for boys

Obese teenagers also find it difficult to socialise because of their insecurities. They live in constant fear of not knowing what people think of them, if they look chubby or not?

The obese children also find it hard to do exorcise with the other children, because they tire often, so they are to no “use” on the normal-weight children’s team.

School food.
I’ve talked about childhood obesity, obesity in general, and what kind of illnesses can occur on an obese person. And when we talk about childhood obesity, then who is to blame? Who can we blame? And what can we do better? We know that the obese child’s parents are to blame here, but the school cafeterias are also part to blame.

The kids in school think that fast food is the idea of what’s fit to eat, so many of the school cafeterias bears a close resemblance to that kind of food. So the cafeteria sells franchises like pizza, hamburgers or other fast foods on the menu. But because of the growing obesity issue, school cafeterias have started to put salad-bars into the cafeteria, making it healthier. But, this is not what the children want to eat, a test shows that 8 out of 10 children in a random cafeteria chose the salad-bar and only 1 out of 10 chose the salad-bar by own choice. – 1 was persuaded by parent, or teachers etc. So my suggestion would be, to cut down on the fast food by for example, making one fast food week, and 3 “salad/fruit/rice/protein weeks.”

One of the most frequent used surgeries to cure obesity is the well-known gastric bypass, where you suture the stomach together, so it’s the size of an apple. This limits what the obese man can eat, and therefore loses weight rather quickly.

This is not a risky procedure, but there can be complications for example: gastrointestinal leaking.

Another form for surgery could be liposuction, where you remove the fat from your chosen part of the body. But these liposuctions can be much more dangerous, actually life-threatening. – Because after the fat has been removed from the body, it can have a hard time finding out where it should place itself later on, so in some cases the fat actually places itself on the heart, which leads to heart disease.


The classical fight against obesity is a low-calorie diet, which is still the core of treatment of obesity. These diets have the best short-term result and can be distinguished in three types of low-calorie diets:

Personalized and moderately restricted diet: This is a diet which expenditure is 1200 to 2000 calories pr. Day

Low-Calorie diet: 800-1200 calories, which represents a considerable reduction of normal daily intake. This is a most ambitious treatment which the human body cannot afford to follow for a long period of time, because it weakens your physical activity.

Very low-calorie diet: Less than 800 calories – This is what we call a protein diet.

I had a plan while I wrote this disposition, and that was to create a nationwide diet program, where everyone followed the personalized and moderately restricted diet, and exercised. This could either be done at home, or done at a gym. There would be sent a television-program every day with the multiple choices exercise you could make, or multiple healthy diet tips.

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