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Obesity in America

By:  Kenya Williams

One third of our country's adults are obese. Photo courtesy of Google images

     Did you know that the unhealthiest country in the world is the United States of America? One third of our country’s adults are obese, and 64.5% are overweight.  Obesity is a medical condition in which the body has so much body fat that it negatively affects your health.  65 million women and 68.3 men are obese.  Some consequences of obesity include stroke, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other severe health risks.

Obesity is not only what the human race sees as physically unattractive but it’s important to lose weight to live healthy lifestyle.  The majority of the people who reach obesity find it very hard to lose weight and dieting usually has no affect.  Obesity is excessive weight that comes from overeating combined with a lack of activity.  The only way to lose weight when you’re obese is to drink plenty of water and to reduce the size of your meals when eating. Drinking cold water speeds up your metabolism.  When you’re overweight, there’s not much you can do as far as working out so water plays a big part in getting down to a healthy size. 

            You are considered obese when your body mass index (BMI) is over 30.  Obesity is a severe weight abnormality.  Recent studies showed that teens who are obese have a smaller brain size than the more healthy ones.  Dr. Antonio Convit, a professor in New York said that their brains could have been damaged in a way that leads them to gain weight from overeating. Overeating eventually leads to obesity.  Overeaters are sometimes easily persuaded by food commercials and the scent of nearby food, these individuals are often prone to staying up late as well.  When you don’t acquire a decent amount of sleep, you tend to eat more than you should because you’re bored.  To avoid gaining too much weight, try not to skip any meals and maintain a steady routine of eating healthy.

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