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United States Of Obesity

             Walter Hudson was discovered by his family when he became wedged in his bedroom and was lifted out with a crane through his roof. Wally once weight a whopping 1200 pounds (though the industrial scale broke as he was being weighed). As you may have seen or heard in the newspapers, television, Internet, and radio, the obesity rates are climbing at an alarming rate. A study conducted by the Center for Disease Control states that the obesity rate five years ago was approximately one person in eight and is now about one in five. According to the National Institutes of Health, over 100 million Americans " or about 60 percent of the adult population " are overweight. As many as a third are considered "obese," a term that in general is applied when a person is 20 percent or more above their ideal body weight. But how do we solve the problem of obesity in America? The answer lies in prevention, healthy eating habits, and progressive health education.
             Most think that overeating causes all cases of obesity, but it just isn't so. Here are some of the factors that contribute: fluid intake, competency of digestion and absorption, exercise quality, quality of the food ingested, times of day in which a person eats and drinks, level of exposure to allergens, Sugar intake, predisposition, tendency towards gas, burping, and bloating after eating. .
             Obesity is more than a cosmetic problem; it is a health hazard. Approximately 280,000 adult deaths in the United States each year are related to obesity. Walter Hudson died in 1991after numerous attempts to lose weight. Several serious medical conditions have been linked to obesity, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Obesity is also linked to higher rates of certain types of cancer. Obese men are more likely than non-obese men to die from cancer of the colon, rectum, or prostate. Obese women are more likely than non-obese women to die from cancer of the gallbladder, breast, uterus, cervix, or ovaries.

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