Andres Acevedo Ms. Su Ying Yang ESOL-101 8 March 2013 Effects of Obesity Obesity is defined as an abnormally high and unhealthy proportion of body fat in the body; this is detected and measured with a formula based on weight and height known as the body mass index (BMI). Obesity one of the most common health problems in the United States. According to results from the 1999–2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) show that an estimated 64% of U.S. adults suffer from obesity (Stern and Kazaks 198). Obesity has different types of consequences such as social effect that mainly focusses the discrimination; health effects which are associated to many illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and cancer. And psychological effects of obesity that include mental illnesses like eating disorders, mainly anorexia and bulimia. The principal social effect of obesity is discrimination, and the consequences of this social disassociation vary greatly. Individuals with obesity find issues arising from weight, including rejection from their partners, problems getting good jobs, and becoming involved in love relationship. Rejection from society because of obesity is best known in environments such as schools and sports clubs; both are due to the discrimination against obese people especially in schools where bullying is currently increasing. Discrimination in the workplace is due to the myths that obese people tend to be lazy, weak, unambitious, and failure-prone. Some people may also believe that society will associate them with those problems if their partner is an obese person. (Stern, Kazaks 110). Getting a stable job as a person suffering with obesity is difficult. People often underestimate obese people because they believe that they would not be able to work well or they would not be useful. One study found that 16% of employers reported they would never hire an obese individual, and 44% said they would hire the obese only in the rarest circumstances. This prejudgment prevents overweight people from being frequently employed and leaves them more susceptible to become employed with lower salaries. Obesity is especially detrimental to females; those who were overweight as adolescents completed fewer years of high school, had lower household incomes, and higher levels of poverty. Studies indicate women may experience more discrimination than men. (Evelyn 48). Due to the current standards of beauty in the United States it is very difficult for obese women and men to find partners. Wadden and Stunkard’s research conclude that “Students revealed that they would rather marry embezzlers, cocaine users, shoplifters, and blind persons than obese individuals. And other people preferred to have handicaps, including missing hands or facial disfigurements, than to be obese” (Qtd in Evelyn 46). Beyond the social effect, there are other types of effects of obesity such as health effects. The health effects of obesity are probably the most important and dangerous of all the effects of obesity, are principally diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart problems and cancer. Type 2 diabetes is defined as a progressive metabolic disorder characterized by insulin resistance, insulin deficiency, and hyperglycemia. This is related to obesity since excess weight can cause resistance to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood sugar. When obesity causes insulin resistance, the blood sugar becomes elevated. Even moderate obesity could dramatically increase the risk of diabetes (Keller 79). Another health effect of obesity is that the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women are heart problems, particularly the coronary artery disease (CAD). Is defined as when the small blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle become hardened, and eventually may become blocked and lead to a coronary event, for example a heart attack. The relationship between this disease and obesity, is that the…
populated area like the San Francisco Bay Area, and with children, who don’t have much money, sometimes are limited to resort to fast food or other unhealthy meals. Obesity refers to the condition of having excessive body fat. Obesity presents a huge problem both physically, mentally, as well as emotionally. People dealing with obesity have to face with humiliation, depression, and sometimes even discrimination. Who is there to blame for this issue? It isn’t likely to find kids exercising like children…
Obesity In America |
CEDRIC HATHAWAY |
Obesity is the excess proportion of total body fat. A person is considered obese when his or her body weight is 20% or more above the normal body weight. The CDC says that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last thirty years. Some people think that they are not obese or just that they are unaware of the fact that they are obese. I also chose to write about obesity because once upon a time obesity was a factor…
19 November 2012
Obesity in the United States
According to Morgan Spurlock from the movie Super-Size Me, he says that “America has become the fattest nation in the world.” Obesity has become a major issue in the United States. When you hear the term Obesity, it means having too much body fat (A.D.A.M editorial ,2000). Obesity is not the same as being overweight. A person can be over-weight from extra muscle, bone or water (A.D.A.M editorial, 2000).
There are many causes as to why a person…
In the beginning they look terribly cute then grow and grow to become terribly obese. There is nothing cute about being obese. In fact, it is life-threatening. Children are called children for a reason, they still need the guidance and care of their parents or adults. Becoming obese takes time and it is incumbent upon the parents or the adults to make sure that their children grow up to be healthy individuals and not suffer the health and social consequences of obesity as adults…
Obesity: an Environmental Epidemic/Disease
Obesity: an Environmental Epidemic/Disease
Lack of control and others are the many factors that have led to obesity in America. Swine flu, small pox and yellow fever were a couple of epidemics that struck America. Obesity has now been associated with that category. Diseases that wiped out mass populations, a condition related to grossly being fat or plumpness is now a new terror for the United States.…
Childhood Obesity in the United Stat
December 03, 2011
There is an alarming rise in childhood obesity throughout the United States, making an epidemic in our country. Over the past thirty years obesity has continued to increase and become a threat to the health of many children. Since the 1970s, obesity has doubled in children from the ages of 2-5, and young adults between the ages of 12 and 19. The most significant increase is seen in children between the ages of 6-11.…
their figure and what others may think about them. Even though many don’t realize that it may be a genetic thing or a personal problem that the person might be going through. Obesity is caused by what people choose to eat, family habits, and the environment they live in have a lot to do with obesity around the world. However, obesity is not an epidemic!
Having a choice in what we eat and don’t eat has been a problem to humans through out history. Our world offers us a low price on unhealthy foods…
Obesity Has A Cure
Obesity, a medical condition where excess body fat has been stored to the extent that it may have a detrimental effect on one’s health. Today in North America there has been a dramatic increase in unhealthy weight in children, little do we know that it is more so the government, parents and schools that are at fault. We need to teach children about food and making healthy choices, they are the source we need to get across to in order to fight obesity for the future generations…
This course project is being submitted on May 13, 2012 for Dr. Nicole Runyon B271/COM1007 Section 08 Professional Communication.
According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States which is three times the rate from one generation ago (Childhood Overwieght and Obesity, 2012). This issue causes many problems with the health of American…