Obesity, And Addiction : Obesity

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Obesity, and Addiction There is a large portion of the world’s population that has progressed past the point of having to struggle for food on a day to day basis. The days of an obese person being a sign of wealth and power are relatively gone in our society, and now even the poorest of us can find ourselves over weight. A big part of this can be chalked up the amount of food we can produce and that junk food is cheaper and tastier then the healthy alternative. With this a lot of the time it is just as simple as we don’t get enough exercise for the amount of food we eat but “clinical practice and epidemiological data clearly show that weight control is more complex than expected” (Riva, Bacchetta, Cesa, Conti, Castelnuovo, Mantovani, Molinari, 2006, p. 457). We are starting to see that to some people, eating is perhaps an addiction that needs special attention. How can something so necessary such as eating become a problem and addiction to some? The trial performed by Riva (2006) is what I will be reviewing this paper. This trial was to measure the efficacy of different methods used to help treat patients with severe obesity, and repeated failures to lose weight. So I will summarize the process of the trial including how the patients were chosen, what methods were used to get them to lose the weight, and of course which of the methods provided the best and worst results. “Between 2000 and 2001, obesity prevalence climbed from 19.8% of American adults to 20.9% of

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