Health Risks and Obesity Essay

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Obesity has become the silent killer in American society. It is a risk factor for numerous chronic diseases including the four leading causes of death. Obesity can be linked to stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes, all serious health problems that can be fatal. Obesity is linked to 300,000 deaths annually in the industrial world (Flamholz, 2001). Often in society and in the medical community there exists a lack of understanding that obesity is in fact a disease and needs attention, otherwise the rates of many diseases will continue to climb.

Obesity has moved to almost epidemic status in America. There are an increased number of people in America that are obese. The percentage of people that can be defined as obese, those that are
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They pointed to a multiple list of reasons why they found the results that they did. All of their reasons talked about issues that cause people to become obese. They looked at access to healthy foods, job related issues of stress, access to recreational and fitness facilities, and most importantly access to medical facilities. All of these risk factors of cardiovascular disease are directly related to obesity.

The lack of adequate health care for those of lower socioeconomic status contributes to the problem of obesity. One study done in Europe found that obesity, which disproportionately affected people with lower social status, was not only linked to cardiovascular disease but also to mortality rate (Mackenbach et al 1997). These would seem obvious enough but the implications deal directly with the issue of health care availability. The higher rate of mortality cannot be explained by the increase in risk. The authors of this study concluded that lack of health care was the true determining factor for mortality. People don't necessarily die from cardiovascular disease especially if one has the money and opportunity to receive quality health care. It is much easier for those with money to receive quality treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease. In the US many poor families don't have access to regular
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