Sunday, July 7, 2013
Obesity in America
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that 35.7% of Americans are obese. Fast food restaurants, processed foods, sedentary lifestyles, and a reliance on quick-fix remedies are some of the main contributors to America's war on obesity. Thus, it should come as no surprise that over one-third of Americans are losing the 'battle of bulge'.
In an age of information at the click of a button, the perils of obesity should be obvious to all Americans regardless of educational background. Television shows, news reports, and pop culture magazines all warn of the health risks associated with obesity. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and mobility issues are primary risk factors associated with Body Mass Index (BMI) numbers exceeding 30.
Is obesity a lifestyle choice? Can a person combat fat by exercising more and making better nutritional choices? According to the American Medical Association (AMA) the answers may not be that simple. In June 2013, the AMA officially recognized obesity as a disease.
Classifying obesity as a disease will ultimately affect medical research, public policy, health care, and insurance rates. Will the new disease designation aid in the fight to get Americans fit and healthy? It's too early to tell, but we must be proactive in this war on obesity.
Take a stand --- let us know what you think about classifying obesity as a disease!