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Today, more than 65 percent of adults in the United States are
overweight or obese. However, obesity puts people at increased risk
for chronic diseases such as heart disease,
Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and some forms of
Obesity and the serious health risks that come with it makes
understanding itís cause and treatment crucial. Obesity specifically
refers to an excessive amount of body fat. As a rule, women have
more body fat than men. Most Health Care Professionals agree that
men with more than 25 percent body fat and women with more than 30
percent fat are obese.
Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories from food than
he or she burns. Our bodies need calories to sustain life and be
physically active, but to maintain weight we need to balance the
energy we eat with the energy we use. This imbalance between
calories-in and calories-out may differ from one person to another.
Genetic, environmental, and other factors may all play a part.
Obesity tends to run if families, suggesting a genetic cause. The
fact that families also share diet and lifestyle habits may
contribute to obesity that tends to run in families.
Science does however, show a link between obesity and heredity.
factors from other influences is often difficult.
We know that environment strongly influences obesity. The fact that
many people that are alive today, that were alive in the 1980ís when
the obesity rates were much lower leads science to know that our
genetic make-up has not changed, but our environment has.
Environment changes include lifestyle behaviors such as what a
person eats and his or her level of physical activity. Too often
Americans eat out, consume large meals and high-fat foods, and put
taste and convenience ahead of nutrition. Also, most people in the
United States do not get enough physical activity.
Although you cannot change your genetic makeup, you can work on
changing your eating habits, levels of physical activity, and other
Are You Obese? What is you Body Mass Index?
A Body Mass Index (BMI) chart provides a useful guideline to check
FAT is an important, independent risk factor for disease. Research
has shown that waist circumference is directly associated with
abdominal fat and can be used in the assessment of the risks
associated with obesity.
Women with a waist measurement (abdominal circumference at the belly
button) of more than 35 inches and men of more that 40 inches may
have more health risks that people with lower waist measurements
because of body fat distribution.