An Epidemic and a Health Issue
Obesity is defined by a person having too much body fat.
This is different from being overweight which is a person
weighing too much. Weight is based not only on fat, but
muscle, bone density and water weight to name a few.
Obesity is just based on fat and having too much of it.
Obesity is often based on a BMI (Body Mass Index)
measurement. If a person exceeds a measurement of 30 on
the BMI chart, they are considered obese. Obesity can also
lead to other health related issues such as diabetes, heart
disease, and hypertension to name a few, and it can lower
About 30% of the U.S. population
In 20 years, obesity rates have almost doubled
Can lead to other health risks
Soaring costs in health care due to obesity Minnesota Department of Health
Lack of care and preventative actions
The need-it-now attitude
Ease and convenience of unhealthy eating choices and
Absence of exercise and other physical activity in a daily
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High Price for
to food. Minnesota Department of Health
This effects everyone?
More and more Americans, and people
worldwide, are becoming obese.
Rising costs in health care and health
issues are becoming more prevalent.
Anyone can become obese, though
some more easily than others.
Once obesity has set in, it is difficult to treat effectively.
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