Obesity, overweight

Obesity is an excess of body fat. Overweight is a condition when weight accumulation are greater than a healty level for a given height, but body fat accumulation is not so great as to be classified as obesity. Frequently, both conditions result in significant declining of health.

People with excess weight accumulation are assumed to be at greater risk of heart diseases, diabetes and cancer. Excess body fat can also overload the joints.


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Why concerns related to obesity?

Because the obesity figures are frightening

Obesity kills 300,000 American people every year and many adult Americans are in danger of suffering heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and gallbladder disease because of this.

excess body fat Additionally, obese and overweight people are 10 to 50 percent more likely to die from the above diseases. Obesity and overweight could account for 14 percent of cancer deaths among men and they obviously are associated with higher death rates from cancers of the esophagus, stomach, rectum and colon, prostate, gallbladder, liver, pancreas and kidney.

This data was revealed by the US Surgeon General and the Weight Control Information Network of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases.

Obesity and overweight is going on alarming trend

The rates of adult obesity in the United States increased in 23 states during the past year (2008) and did not decrease in any state.

And the number of obese and overweight children has now climbed to 30 percent in 30 states, a troubling trend that could signal decades of weight-related health problems such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease as these children become adults.

Those are just some of the worrisome findings in an annual report on obesity in America, released Wednesday by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Very alarming are the situation among teens and children. According to recent estimation of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services one in six U.S. children between the ages of two and 19 is overweight. In less than 30 years, obesity has more than doubled among children ages 2-5 and more than tripled among children ages 6-12 and adolescents ages 13-19.

130 million American adults are in danger because of excess weight

According to The US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, about 64 million American adults aged 20 and older are obese and another 68 million are overweight.

According to a recent study conducted by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH), and considering data related to 2006 year adult obesity rose 31% in the U.S.

The report named Mississippi as the worst state for adult excess body fat, while D.C. is top of the list the list for youths. Colorado has the last position with only 17.6 percent, but did report an increase from 16.9% last year.

Looking at U.S. regions, the south is by far the heaviest having ten of the fifteen states in the top of the list. Overall 19 states have considered that at least 25% of their population are obese, compared to 14% in 2006 and only 9% in 2005. Regarding childhood obesity south region also has 8 of the top 10 states.

Total cost of excess weight and body fat accumulation

There are direct and indirect costs.

  • direct obesity costs refer to preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services such as medications, physician visits, weight loss clinical program, hospital and nursing home care.
  • indirect costs are the value of wages lost by people unable to work because of illness or disability, as well as the value of future earnings lost by premature death.

    As the prevalence of excess body weight has increased in America, the total cost of overweight and obesity is staggering. It amounts to over $117 billion while the cost of lost productivity due to these problems is almost $4 billion with $239 million in restricted - activity days, $89.5 million in bed days, $62.7 million in physician office visits, and $39.3 million in workdays lost.

    NOTE: For this article we used statistics and data provided by US Surgeon General, Weight Control Information Network of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, American Sports Data (ASD) Inc., The US National Health, Nutrition Examination Survey and Trust for America's Health.

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    Question: Is obesity rate equal among rural and urban residents? by Thoman Elber September 14, 2012

    Answer: No, a new study finds that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to be obese than city dwellers.

    Question: We find everyday about diseases linked to obesity. All obese people have same prognosis? by Bruce Linnfield September 05, 2012

    Answer: No, recent studies show that not all obese people have the same prognosis and it's possible to be obese but metabolically healthy and with the same prognosis as normal-weight, healthy people; and (on the other hand) once a patient has developed heart disease, they have a reduced risk of dying if they are overweight or obese compared to normal or underweight patients.




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