Obesity Epidemic

Obesity Epidemic
Tracey S. Thompson
November 2, 2014
Kimberly Fisher

Obesity Epidemic
Body composition consists of the body’s relative amount of fat to fat-free mass. People with
Optimal body composition are most likely to be healthier, move better and efficiently, and in general, feel better than people who have less-than-ideal body composition. To achieve a better body composition goes a long way toward improving your quality of life and overall wellness.
The composition of the body is divided into two separate types of mass: fat free mass, which has all the body’s non-fat tissues, and body fat. Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used method of measuring body fat. While BMI does not measure body fat directly, it helps to assess health risks related to body mass Having excess fat has been linked to numerous health problems such as increased cancer, diabetes and heart disease, fat specifically around the internal organs, can damage your health and can lead to serious medical conditions such liver disease.

The contributing factors of obesity is reduced physical activities in young adults and children, they are not as active as before. Most children just sit around and play videos games while the average teen just text on the phone, the most exercise that the get is using their thumbs versus using their whole bodies.   Marketing practices are also a contributing factor, which includes increased portion sizes in inexpensive food sources like fast food. Availability to vending machines with low energy food items, high use of fructose corn syrup and hardly any physical education in the school curriculum. The built environment lacks sidewalks, which promotes less walking which leads to obesity. High fructose consumption has become severe in the last couple of decades and maybe a serious contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. Changes is some school policies have been put into place to help kids choose healthier snacks

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