Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

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Living in the United States as an international student, one of the notable things for me was the remarkable number of obese people or I’d rather say people above average weight. Counted among the people above average weight back home, I was surprised when people considered me slim here. I came to a conclusion that the concept of relativity is to blame for this. This thing clearly suggests the growing problem of obesity in the United States which I have been able to observe first handedly for quite a long time now. Not only my personal observation and experience, but even the statistics show that the problem of obesity in the United States is at an alarming state. Among the respondents in Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) conducted by CDC, 28.1% were obese. State specific obesity ranged from 20.5% in Colorado to 34.7% in Louisiana. While some people might blame their genes for obesity, I believe that lifestyle is the main cause of obesity. With the advancement of technology, people have become far too sophisticated, mainly in the developed country. And that counts for the fact that obesity is prevalent mostly among the developed countries including the United States of course. For instance, most of the families including mine in Nepal do not own a washing machine. So, the effort that people put on washing their own clothes instead of just throwing them into a machine and pushing a button actually helps to burn some calories. Also, everyone does not
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