abstained from talking about the dreaded ‘O’ word so far. And we have a feeling
it does not apply to most of you. However, it still pays to be reminded about
it. And if anything, you can use it to help your loved ones who might be moving
down this path. Thanks to one of our loyal fans for sharing this with us. This
article has an “American flavour”.
“Obesity is a disease that affects approximately 60 million people in the United States, and women are especially affected. Over one-third of women between the ages of 20 and 74 are obese, the majority of them being African American or Mexican American. With more and more pre-packaged food and less and less activity, the number of obese people in America has steadily increased since the 1960’s.
But what is
obesity? Many people think obesity means that a person is overweight, but that’s
not exactly true. An overweight person has a surplus amount of weight that
includes muscle, bone, fat, and water.
person has a surplus of body fat. Most health professionals concur that a man
is obese if he has over 25 percent body fat, and a woman is obese if she has
over 30 percent. Women physiologically have more body fat than men, so that why
there’s a difference in percentage.
difficult to determine the exact percentage of body fat a person has, but
estimates can be made in a number of ways. First, using a tweezer-like tool
called a caliper, you can measure the thickness of skin folds on different
points of your body and compare the results with standardized numbers. You can
also use a small device that sends a harmless electrical current through your
body and measures your body fat percentage. The most commonly used method to
determine if a person is obese is to look at his/her Body Mass Index (BMI).
A person with a BMI over 30 is considered to be obese, and a BMI over 40 is considered to be severely obese. It’s important to remember though that BMI could be misleading in pregnant or lactating women and in muscular individuals.
obesity, comes the increased risk of diseases such as high blood pressure, Type
II Diabetes, heart disease, and breast, colon, and prostate cancer. In
addition, obesity has been linked to mental health conditions such as
depression or feelings of shame and low self-esteem.
experts say that even losing 10 to 15 percent of your body weight can
dramatically decrease the risk of developing these serious conditions. In
addition, many obese people are discriminated against and targets of insults
and other verbal abuse.
A number of
factors, such as poor diet, lack of physical activity, genetics, and certain
medical disorders, cause obesity, but it can be conquered. The following
information seeks to educate about obesity and the methods used to treat it. It
does not take the place of a physician.”
As you know, we republished this article not to shame people, because we don’t believe in that brand of “tough love”. However, facts remain facts, and our hope is that everyone, regardless of size, can be healthy. That is why we publish articles like these, as well as share products that have helped lots of people, such as these:
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