Obesity : A Serious Health Condition

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Obesity is a serious health condition that, if left untreated, causes serious health conditions. Contrary to popular belief, obesity is more than a condition caused by overeating and lack of exercise (Vallor 2013). Obesity is a disease (Callahan 2013); a disease that Americans are spending about $150 billion on annually (Zamosky 2013). Additionally, changing a person’s diet and exercise regimen may not be effective in some cases of obesity (Vallor 2013). Obesity is not like most well-known diseases; it is not caused by viruses or bacteria (Callahan 2013). However, “on an individual level, obesity is directly and indirectly associated with a plethora of other health risks” (Vallor 2013). Obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and kidney failure (Callahan 2013). While obesity is treated by the medical community with surgical options, therapy, and nutritional guidance, current obesity treatment is not adequate enough to help control the obesity epidemic because obesity treatment is not thorough or readily available. Because obesity can result in a myriad of health issues, a variety of methods should be explored to prevent and reverse obesity.
Obesity is widespread, as there are more obese people in the world than there are malnourished people (Phillips 2011). What is obesity? Energy is stored as fat, and obesity is caused by excess energy intake as compared to the daily energy requirement (Pipe-Thomas & Storey, 2013, p. 276). In summary, obesity is the…
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