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Summary by Walter Sorochan
Post updated April 24, 2016. Disclaimer
The information herein has been updated by other articles in this website. Obesity is still a critical problem. What has changed is a causative link between obesity and bacteria in the large intestine.
Americans 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 perks that are made by many of us.
And yes, we 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.
What is obesity? [ National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases ]
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? [ CDC, Hellmich, USA Today ] 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.
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 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. Beck: obesity - vaccines
Overall, 31% of adults in the USA are obese. [ Hellmich ]
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.
Children, 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 [Kaiser Family Foundation, 2005]. [ National Media on Media and the Family ]
Where to go for help:
Beck Melinda, "Obesity is associated with impaired immune response to influenza vaccination in humans ," International Journal of Obesity, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, October 25, 2011. Beck: obesity - vaccines
Bloom Mark, "Teen Obesity Is a Ticking Time Bomb," HealthDay Reporte, Health News Daily articles from HealthDay News, January 2, 2005. Teen ticking bombCommunicable Disease Center: CDC info
Hellmich, Nanci, “ Obesity explodes from teens to 20s, “ USA TODAY, October 12, 2003. Obesity explodes teens
Natenshon Abigail, “ Childhood Obesity, “ Empowered Parents, Childhood Obesity
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases NIH problems
National Media on Media and the Family, “ Fact Sheet: Obesity Among Children ,” November, 2006. Fact sheet obesity
Poussaint Alvin, “ Obesity Among Children, “ Back to School. Obesity in Children
Reinberg, Steven, “U.S. Obesity Epidemic Continues to Grow,” Washington Post, July 17, 2008 Obesity epidemic
The Surgeon General's Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, Health & Human Services, January 11, 2007. Surgeon call to action