LOSING is a WINNING GAME!!. By: Cathy Dedie Lisa Korb and Clarivyl Pena. INTRODUCTION:. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent
By: Cathy Dedie
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent
that it may lead to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems. Obesity is the culprit in many cases of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. These particular disorders cause nearly 300,00 deaths in the U.S. each year.
It is due to statistics such as these, that we decided to explore further the epidemic that is
There are many factors which are related to obesity. We will be discussing three of these factors…….
Modern medical science has gone a long way toward explaining the causes of obesity, and the bottom line is clear: Obesity is not a personal choice. The obese are primarily as a result of their genes.
Genetic studies have shown that the particular set of weight-regulating genes that a person has is by far most important factor in determining how much that person will weigh. The heritability of obesity--- a measure of how much obesity is due to genes versus other factors---is about the same as the heritability of height. Americans has gotten much taller on average, but it is still the genes that determine who is tall or short today. The same is true for weight. That’s because they have inherited genes that increase their predisposition for accumulating body fat.
The genes that control food intake and metabolism act to keep weight in a stable range by creating a biological force that resist weight change in either direction. When weight is gained, hunger is reduced. When weight is lost, the unconscious drive to eat is stimulated and acts to return weight to the starting point. Moreover, the greater the amount of weight by conscious effort, their bodies fight back even more strongly by increasing hunger and reducing energy expenditure.
Anyone who doubts the power of this biologic system should study the case of a young boy in England a few years back!
The obesity epidemic in America is caused by overeating. We would have to eat 500 fewer calories each day, or get an
These days, just about everyone knows someone with diabetes. What used to be something we occasionally saw in our Grandparents, has become a world-wide epidemic. An overwhelming portion of the responsibility for this lies on obesity.
While there is no doubt that the obesity- diabetes connection is still a very serious problem, all hope is not lost. With a proper diet and regular exercise, hearing a pre-diabetes diagnosis can be utilized as a wake-up call. Losing even small amounts of weight can make a difference. With a decrease of 3%-7% of body weight, the average person could decrease their risk of developing obesity induced type 2 diabetes by up to 58%. That doesn’t sound so bad, now does it?
While obesity is still a big concern in society, the world’s obesity rate does appear to be slowing. People are opening their eyes to the reality that staying healthy is their own responsibility.