Like any disease, obesity is a cause for concern throughout the United States. And like any disease that’s growing by the year, expanding rapidly, and defying statistics, it’s even a bigger cause for concern. Despite increased awareness, laws that are implementing healthier diets, and an expansion in nationwide exercise rates, obesity still remains to be an unstoppable train that is moving across the nation.
First off, let’s define obesity. While someone may be overweight or even out of shape, it does not necessarily classify them as being obese. In order to define one’s weight status, their BMI, or body mass index, must be determined. This number is calculated by comparing a person’s height and weight. With a BMI of more than 30, obesity has been reached, with varying levels that further outline the disease, including classes 1, 2, and 3. In comparison, a person with a BMI of less than 18.5 is considered to be underweight. It is considered to be most healthy in the 19-24.9 range.
-The South has the highest percentage of obese citizens at 29.4 percent. The Midwest comes in second at 28.7 percent, followed by the Northeast (24.9 percent) and the West (24.1 percent).
-Just two years ago, obesity ranged between 21 percent in Colorado, to a whopping 34 percent in Mississippi. At this time 36 states’ percentages were sitting at more than 25, with 12 states’ being more than 30.
-In 1960, the highest obesity level was at 10.7 percent.
-Now in 2012, obesity percentages are entering into the 40s, with its highest numbers (43.7 percent) most heavily located in the South, Alaska, and other sporadic locations.
-These numbers are affecting children as well as adults.
With all of the present statistics, it’s hard to argue that obesity isn’t steadily gaining ground. Even with awareness spreading (such as this blog), the numbers are taking an even steeper incline on the charts. And it’s not just weight and quality of life that can be affected. Those with obesity are more likely to become diabetic, develop heart disease, have problems sleeping, specifically through sleep apnea, develop cancer, and finally, become diagnosed with osteoarthritis. All of these complications are dangerous, especially considering they can be prevented by weight loss or exercise.
Who is susceptible to becoming obese can depend on a variety of factors, including those with predetermined genetic traits, or those who follow unhealthy eating habits. Children can also vary in diagnosis depending on age and rate of growth.
But no matter your background or habits, if diagnosed with obesity, it is something to seriously consider before additional side effects can take place. If you’re worried about obesity, talk with your doctor about implementing a new set of exercises or eating habits. Just by making a few, simple adjustments, you can help lower the statistics and enjoy a healthier, longer life.
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