Obesity And Health Issues Caused By Obesity Essay

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Obesity is an epidemic in the United States today. Being overweight is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 25 and obesity as a BMI greater than 30. Being overweight is more than just a cosmetic problem, it is a chronic condition that leads to many health issues. Health issues caused by obesity have a huge effect on the cost of healthcare. In 2008, the cost of obesity related health care was $147 billion dollars. An obese person will spend almost $1,500 more a year on healthcare than a person of a healthy weight (CDC.gov, 2015).

More than 35% of American adults and 17% of children are overweight or obese. Non-hispanic blacks have the highest percentage of obesity at 47.8% followed by non-hispanic whites at 32.6%. Middle age people have the highest rate of obesity (39.5%) closely followed by adults over 60 (35.4%), with young adults making up the smallest group (30.3%). Rates also vary among socioeconomic groups and interestingly differ according to race and sex within those groups. Non-hispanic blacks and Mexican American men are more likely to be obese if they have a higher income. However, women are more likely to be obese if they have a lower socioeconomic status (CDC.gov, 2015).

Obesity is not just its own disease, there is a link between being overweight and the development of many other chronic conditions. It has been directly linked to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke,

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