Obesity Information and Resources
Obesity Information and Resources
Obesity is a serious health concern in the United States, as well as globally. Affecting over one third of the people in America, obesity is at the root of America’s health problems and puts unneeded strain on the health care system. In order to tame the growing problem, Americans should educate themselves about the reality of obesity and the toll it takes on not only their body and health, but the health of future generations. Obesity is described by the medical community as higher than recommended proportion of body fat for a person’s height and weight. To be medically classified as obese, a person must weigh at least 20% more than the average weight. A person’s body mass index (BMI) is also considered when classifying obesity. An obese person maintains a BMI of at least 30 within the index. The second form of obesity is referred to as “morbid obesity”. To be considered morbidly obese, a person typically weights between 50-100% more than the recommended weight. This condition brings struggles of its own, surpassing the complications of obesity. Severe medical complications often accompany morbid obesity, including complications in the circulatory system and the cardiovascular system. These complications often effect even the simplest of surgeries, making medical treatment extremely dangerous.
Causes of Obesity
There are a number of different factors that contribute to obesity. Resulting from the consumption of excess calories beyond what a person burns, obesity is also affected by age, gender, genetics, environment, physical activity, illness, and medication. A person’s lifestyle drastically impacts the risk of obesity. In order to tackle the growing obesity epidemic, people must educate themselves and look for warning signs early on to prevent complications. By understanding what causes obesity, in children and adults, the public will be more aware of their behaviors and how their choices affect their quality of life.
- Causes and Consequences– A look at the causes and effects of obesity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Understanding Adult Obesity– An in depth discussion about obesity by Weight-control Information Network (WIN)
- Women, Obesity, and Weight Loss– Get answers to your questions about women’s health and obesity
- Obesity in Seniors– Statistics and information about obesity in the elderly
- Morbid Obesity FAQs- Reporting death or complications from morbid obesity surgeries
The weight loss industry is a billion dollar moneymaker. From everything to plans, to meals, to pills, the diet industry provides many quick fixes for people looking to lose weight and improve their quality of life. The truth is that there is no easy fix for weight loss. The best tools are hard work, determination, and a willingness to change negative habits. More severe options are available for those who suffer with morbid obesity, but it is important to consult a physician before making any drastic changes to your lifestyle.
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans– 2005 dietary guidelines by the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
- Make Your Calories Count– Learn to make better choices with tools and step-by-step resources
- Nutrient Data Laboratory– a nutrient database with nutrition and calorie information
- MyFood-A-pedia– Use this handy tool to get the low down on the nutritional value of thousands of different foods
- The President’s Challenge– Who needs The Biggest Loser Challenge when you can be a part of The Presidents Challenge
- Weighing the Evidence in Dieting Ads– Federal Trade Commission critiques weight-loss ad jargon
- Popular Weight Loss Diets– Fact sheet for America’s most popular diet programs
- Gastric Bypass Surgery– The Mayo Clinic fact sheet about gastric bypass surgery
- Effects of Exenatide on Hypothalamic Obesity– Learn more about this new clinic trial and find out if you qualify for participation
- Healthy Weight– Learn what a healthy weight is and how to achieve it
- Healthy People 2010– Comprehensive report on healthy living
The Effects of Obesity
The effects of obesity and morbid obesity are widespread and disconcerting. Literally every aspect of ones life has the potential to be affected by obesity. From short-term health, to long term and everlasting medical complications, obesity can have a profound impact on people and the way they live. Some of the effects of obesity include high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Obesity is a costly disease. Morbidly obese people can accumulate outrageous medical bills, not to mention the costly “over the counter” diet plans that can easily add up over time.
- A Worldwide Health Threat– Educate yourself about the harmful and deadly effects of obesity
- Obesity and Cancer– Understanding the connection between obesity and cancer is key to making educated health choices, by the National Cancer Institute.
- The Price is Right– Health is not the only thing affected by obesity. Take a look at what it can do to your wallet
- Obesity Overview– Information on Obesity from the UK
- Obesity in Australia– Statistical information and prevalence in Australia
- Consumer Report: Obesity- How does obesity affect your life?
Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the United States and around the world. According to the CDC, at least 16% of children in the United States are classified as obese. This growing number is a testament to the fast food, sedentary lifestyle that is becoming increasingly prevalent around the world. The most effective way to combat childhood obesity is to reinforce positive lifestyle sources and improve the choices available to children and teens. For example, many schools have decided to forgo typical vending machine snacks and beverages to supply healthier options for their students. Educating children about the importance of nutrition is crucial for the development of healthy and well-informed future generations.
- The Obesity Crisis– A statement from the office of the surgeon general on childhood obesity and what parents can due to decrease their child’s risk.
- Childhood Obesity– Statistics and research on obesity in children by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- The First Lady Launches Let’s Move– First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to educate the public about childhood obesity and proper nutrition
- Successful Weight Management for Children– Great tips to addressing weight loss with children and teens
- Media & Childhood Obesity– Learn how the media can influence your child’s diet
- Family Guide to Obesity– A simple breakdown of obesity in children and teens
- Life Expectancy– Will rising childhood obesity decrease US. Life expectancy?