Obesity USA
Summary by Walter Sorochan Emeritus Professor San Diego State University

Posted 2015; Updated June 5, 2019. Disclaimer

To view obesity by state, click on: Childhood Obesity trends by state

fat USAAmericans have a weight problem! Do you? Those of us who do deny it! Its someone else who is fat! My weight is okay for me! Stop embarrassing me. You know, I’ve tried to loose weight and I can’t! These are some of the defense mechanisms that are made by many of us.

And yes, most persons all appear to have a weight problem. Doctors don’t help us to loose weight; instead they push drugs on us! The grocery super markets just keep on displaying all kind of food on their shelves. TV adds encourage us to try weight loss programs that don’t work. The government Center for Disease Control says that obesity is now an epidemic disease; but don’t really help me loose fat! Its business as usual! We are stuck not knowing what to do, much less how to loose the extra fat. So what’s are girl supposed to do?

The obesity problem in the United States is beyond control, and we are clearly in a crisis. Fat is not just making America look big, it is making America ill, very ill.

fat lady What is obesity? Wiki: Obesity

Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for his or her height.

Obesity occurs over time when you eat more calories than you use. The balance between calories-in and calories-out differs for each person. Factors that might tip the balance include your genetic makeup, overeating, eating high-fat foods and not being physically active.

The CDC defines obesity as a body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height) of 30 or above. An adult who is 5-feet, 9-inches tall is considered obese if he or she weighs 203 pounds.“ [ CDC ]

Why worry being obese? Experts are worried because they say this sudden weight gain sets the stage for serious health problems linked to obesity, including diabetes, heart disease and most types of cancer.

Obese and overweight children and teenagers are a ticking time bomb! While very young and obese, these children are silently incubating chronic diseases.  Scott: Obesity ticking time bomb 2018 Their obesity is out of control.

Recent 2010 research findings indicate that obesity might impair the human body's ability to fight flu viruses. "These new findings seem to give us a reason why obese people were more susceptible to influenza illness during the H1N1 flu' pandemic compared to healthy weight people." The study reports for the first time that influenza vaccine antibody levels decline significantly in obese people compared to healthy weight individuals. What's more, responses of CD8+ T cells (a type of white blood cell that plays a key role in the body's immune system) are defective in heavier people.

Over 60% of adults in the USA are obese.

What causes obesity?

1. Parents are less at home these days, leaving kids to fend for themselves for snacks and meals. Only 50% of American families eat dinners together anymore.
2. We are a nation of convenience eaters, with fast foods becoming increasingly available and affordable.
3. Extreme and imbalanced eating has become the norm; restaurant portion sizes are increasing in size.
4. Too many of us have forgotten what truly healthy eating is. Many believe that its okay to skip meals, that nobody eats breakfast and that fat-free eating is the healthiest way to eat.
5. We have become a dieting nation. Fifty percent of kids, by the time they are in the fifth grade, have been on diets. In actual fact, diets are the worst way to lose weight. Children who diet are more likely to become obese adults.
6. Many of our schools feature not only candy and soda vending machines, but on-site outlets for fast food chains.

child obeseChildren, ages 8 to 18, spend more time (44.5 hours per week) in front of computer, television, and game screens than any other activity in their lives except sleeping.  Watching TV is inactivity that is needed!

The above are minor causes that contribute to obesity.The real problems are being addicted to junk foods. Junk and processed foods are empty calorie foods that lack the special and esential special wave light photons. Sunlight as photons enter through the eyes and into the pineal gland that regulate sleep and many other functions that we are unaware of. Photons are stored in the body DNA as energy light. We need a minimum of at least a half- hour of sunshine each day. A half-hour of sunshine photons as light waves synthesize hormone D [vitamin  D-3]. Photons also enter into the eyes, allowing communication between cells and manage all body functions. This special photon light wave is also found in all plants and raw fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts. Eating fresh raw vegetables and fruits is the essential light that prevents diseases and fosters optimal wellbeing.

But processed foods, sugar sweets and junk foods do not have essential nutrients and photons. These are empty calorie foods that obese persons become addicted to as comfort foods. When photons in the body, now referred to as biophotons, are in short supply, the body becomes disorriented and slows down.  This slowing down makes for diseases and illness. 

Eating junk and processed foods are the key reasons that cause obesity.

Where to go for help:
Government CDC

References:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases  NIH problems

NHANES, "Childhood Obesity Trends," 2016-2017.  NHANES: Childhood obesity trends 2017

Poussaint Alvin, “Obesity Among Children,“ Back to School.  Poussaint: Obesity in Children

Reinberg, Steven, “U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Grow,” Washington Post, July 17, 2008.  Reinberg: Obesity epidemic 2008

Scott Melissa, "Obesity In Children Is A Ticking Time Bomb, Experts Say," Newswire, August 31, 2018.  Scott: Obesity ticking time bomb 2018

Obesity Fact Sheet, "Obesity and oveerweight." 2018.  Obesity Fact Sheet 2018

The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, Health & Human Services, January 11, 2007.  Surgeon call to action 2007

Obesity Adult trends USA 2018. CDC: Adult obesity Trends 2018

Wikipedia, "Obesity." Wiki: Obesity