Obesity : The Threat Of Obesity

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Over the past few decades, the threat of obesity has escalated from being a minor issue to a pervading epidemic. Ironically, while people in third world countries struggle with malnutrition and starvation, Americans have to face the consequences of excessive consumption and accumulation of body fat. Researchers have recently found that as one’s weight increases to obese levels, the individual is susceptible to developing all sorts of detrimental health conditions such as thoracic heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension, and cancer (Bray, 2004). However, despite having exposed the numerous threats of obesity, further research indicates that there is still a conspicuous trend in the exponential increase of obese Americans. Putting it into quantitative perspective, obesity in children between ages nine and eleven increased from 7 percent in 1980 to almost 18 percent in 2012 (Ogden et al., 2012). Similarly, obesity in adolescents between the ages twelve and nineteen exacerbated from 5 percent to 21 percent, and between 2009 and 2010, approximately one-thirds of American adults were considered obese. These statistics reveal a potential health disaster that could ensue if the problem is continued to be left unaddressed. Thus, it is imperative to identify the combination of various risk factors that continue to facilitate this spread of the obesity epidemic among American children and adults. By accomplishing this, effective solutions to reverse and prevent obesity…

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