Why Are Obesity Rates Climbing? What are the Negative Effects of Obesity? How Can Obesity Be Prevented? What is Obesity? PREVIEW
What is Obesity? Obesity is a chronic condition defined by a significantly higher amount of body fat than is healthy or desirable; and can affect persons across gender and ethnic backgrounds.
How is Obesity Measured? <ul><li>Obesity is mainly measured by the BMI (Body Mass Index) scale. </li></ul><ul><li>The World Health Organization (WHO) defines "overweight" as a BMI equal to or more than 25, and "obesity" as a BMI equal to or more than 30. </li></ul><ul><li>Other methods of estimating body fat and body fat distribution include measurements of skinfold thickness and waist circumference, calculation of waist-to-hip circumference ratios, and techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). </li></ul>
Obesity affects males and females and all ethnicities
What Causes Obesity? <ul><li>Metabolism or unused calories Consuming more calories than you burn leads to weight gain. </li></ul><ul><li>Inactive Lifestyle </li></ul>
How Does Obesity Affect Us? Physical Effects Psychosocial Effects High Blood Pressure Sleep Apnea Diabetes Respiratory Problems Heart Disease Cancer Joint Problems Metabolic Syndrome Osteoarthritis Many more... Discrimination Bias Isolation Torment Lower Income Many more... Bias
What Can We Do? <ul><li>Contact Congress about issues concerning health and weight (http://obesity1.tempdomainname.com/subs/advocacy/) </li></ul><ul><li>Join or start a community program </li></ul>Spread Awareness!
Take Action! <ul><li>Focus on portion size </li></ul>The National Heart Blood and Lung Institute's guideline is to: <ul><li>Be active </li></ul><ul><li>Follow a healthy eating plan </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce screen time </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track of weight and other measurements </li></ul>
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