Obesity Is More Common Than One May Expect

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In America obesity is more common than one may expect. In America more than 78.6 million of adults are obese. The conditions of obesity include heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes and certain types of cancer. In America the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the was $147 billion; the medical costs for people who are obese were $ 1,429 higher than those of normal weight. Throughout the United States, the nationality with the highest rate of obesity is African Americans at 47.8%, then followed by Hispanics at 42.5%, then Caucasians or Whites with 32..6%, and finally Asians with 10.8%. Obesity is higher among middle age adults than younger adults and adults over 60 and above. Those who have higher incomes are more likely to have obesity than those with low income (cdc.org). The reason why people are actually obese is by having too much body fat. To measure if a person is obese or not is by the most commonly used measure of weight status today the body mass index, or BMI. As in adults, obesity is a growing problem for children and adolescents. The reason why is that children grow at different rates depending on their age and gender. As well obesity in children and adolescents is defined differently from the obesity in adults. In the United States, also obesity is based on the standard growth charts developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another type of obesity is Abdominal Obesity, which is the excess fat around the middle and is measured…
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