Obesity : Becoming A Public Concern

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Executive Summary Obesity has become an epidemic in American societies that has become a public concern. According to the American Obesity Association (AOA), overweight and obesity rates are higher than ever in America’s youth. Obesity is the fastest growing cause of disease in American society today. Some of the major health concerns for today’s youth with obesity include severe asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, orthopedic complications and sleep apnea. Researchers have come up with many different causes of obesity including biological cause, psychological causes, and sociological causes. Although they have been able to come up with these causes one of the most blamed causes of obesity is the food industry. Medical researchers and other professionals have been able to produce a variety of solutions to treat and prevent obesity including Gastric bypass surgery that is available at the age of eighteen. With all the solutions present, without changing the attitudes and lifestyles of the parents who are buying the food for the children the epidemic will continue. Obesity is a complex health issue that has become a dangerous problem in today’s youth. According to the American Obesity Association (AOA), overweight and obesity rates are higher than ever in America’s youth. Obesity is defined as the presence of excess adipose tissue. To be considered obese, professionals use the Body Mass index (BMI) as the main source of measurement and other measurements to see
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