The Behaviors of Eating Disorders
October 24, 2011
There are many different psychological, biological and cultural factors that contribute to the way we eat. Overeating and obesity is on the rise in the United States leading to different devastating disease which can in turn lead bodily injury and death. Factors such as genetics, cultural beliefs and socioeconomic status play a major role in the obesity epidemic plaguing our country today.
The United States today is largely affected by the rise in obesity in all age groups, nearly two-thirds of adults and one-third of children over eat and or obese (Caple, 2010). “Currently it is estimated that thirty four percent of Americans are obese, including roughly twenty five percent of Whites, thirty six percent of Blacks, thirty three percent of Native Americans, twenty eight percent of Hispanics and eight percent of Asians” (Caple, 2010). It is not surprising with these numbers why overeating and obesity is considered a rising problem for many people today. Obesity also leads to different health problems categorized by nonfatal or life threating by the World Health Organization examples are but not limited to: respiratory problems, arthritis, osteoarthritis, skin conditions, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and gallbladder disease (Newman, 2009). Considering how obesity relates to so many various illnesses’ it needs to be taking as a serious health condition in and of itself. Many experts find calculating a person’s body mass index or BMI is a reliable way to determine whether or not a person falls into an overweight category (Moisse, 2010). When looking at the adult population a BMI of 25kg/m2 is labeled overweight and a BMI of 30kg/m2 is considered obese, if your BMI is greater than 25kg/m2 you become at risk for problems such as elevated blood pressure,...