Obesity:
An Epidemic and a Health Issue
Kara Schoenhofer
Definition
 Obesity is defined by a person having too much body fat.
This is different from being overweight which is a p...
An Epidemic?
 About 30% of the U.S. population
 In 20 years, obesity rates have almost doubled
 Can lead to other healt...
The Problem
 Lack of care and preventative actions
 The need-it-now attitude
 Ease and convenience of unhealthy eating ...
What Happened?
 Hunters and Gatherers vs. Couch Potatoes andTake Out Food
 Higher Calories
Less Exercise
 High Price fo...
This effects everyone?
 More and more Americans, and people
worldwide, are becoming obese.
 Rising costs in health care ...
The Solution
 Prevention
 Nutrition Facts
 Physical Activity
 BMI Charts
 Once obesity has set in, it is difficult to...
Sources
 http://www.cdc.gov/pdf/facts_about_obesity_in_the_unit
ed_states.pdf
 http://www.health.state.mn.us/obesity/
 ...
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  1. 1. Obesity: An Epidemic and a Health Issue Kara Schoenhofer
  2. 2. Definition  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 life expectancy.
  3. 3. An Epidemic?  About 30% of the U.S. population  In 20 years, obesity rates have almost doubled  Can lead to other health risks  Heart disease  Diabetes  Hypertension  Many more  Soaring costs in health care due to obesity Minnesota Department of Health
  4. 4. The Problem  Lack of care and preventative actions  The need-it-now attitude  Ease and convenience of unhealthy eating choices and habits  Absence of exercise and other physical activity in a daily routine
  5. 5. What Happened?  Hunters and Gatherers vs. Couch Potatoes andTake Out Food  Higher Calories Less Exercise  High Price for healthy options  Artificial enhancements to food. Minnesota Department of Health
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. The Solution  Prevention  Nutrition Facts  Physical Activity  BMI Charts  Once obesity has set in, it is difficult to treat effectively.
  8. 8. Sources  http://www.cdc.gov/pdf/facts_about_obesity_in_the_unit ed_states.pdf  http://www.health.state.mn.us/obesity/  Allport, Susan. "The Obesity Epidemic." Gastronomics:The Journal of Food and Culture  " IdealWeight: Americans WantTo Weigh 162 Pounds, On Average, Report Finds ." HuffPost Healthy Living
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