Obesity is defined as being overweight by more than 20% or having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of over 30. Obesity is a disease that can kill. It causes many problems with both your mental and physical health.
I have created a list of obesity facts that may be a turning point in an obese person’s life. Hopefully you can learn the facts, understand what problems obesity can result in and how you can possibly prevent diseases or even death that may result from obesity issues.
- Morbidly obese people are more than 100 pounds over their normal weight or have a BMI of over 50. Morbid is a word that is synonymous with death so being morbidly obese is a life threatening issue.
- Obesity increases your risk of developing serious illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.
- People who are obese often suffer from job discrimination. Obesity prevents you from getting the job you want.
- According to the center for disease control and prevent about 33% of adults and 17% of children are obese.
- Obesity has increased dramatically in the past 20 years.
- The annual number of deaths in the United Sates that are a result of unhealthy diets and lack of activity is approximately 300,000.
- Compared to a normal weight person, an obese person has a 50-100% greater chance of contracting any disease.
- A moderately obese person will die 2 to 5 years earlier than a normal sized person.
- Obesity is a preventable disease.
- Obesity is the fifth leading risk of death across the globe.
- Childhood obesity is associated with premature death.
- Choosing to eat healthy food and to get moving with regular exercise has been found to prevent obesity.
- Eating fast food is a direct cause of increased numbers of obese people.
- Obesity is the number 2 cause of preventable deaths in the United States.
- Obesity has a significant impact on the economy in the United States. Obesity treatment has many costs associated with it. Additionally job are great affected by obesity problems because of lack of production, activity restrictions and an increase in days off.
- In 2008 approximately 147 billion dollars was spent on medical costs directly related to healthy issues resulting from obesity.
- A child who is obese is 70 % more like to become an obese adult.
- Negative social discrimination from being obese results in low self esteem and depression.
- Medical treatment for an obese person costs more than medical treatment for a normal sized person.
- Low income and minorities suffer from obesity at a higher rate.
- Approximately nine million children that are over six years old are considered to be obese.
- Having easy access to junk food sold in vending machines at schools is a contributing factor to childhood obesity.
- Obesity commonly occurs between the ages of 5 and 6 or during adolescence.
- Childhood obesity can be related to a family history of obesity, stressful life events, medical conditions, medical prescriptions and emotional problems.
- The causes of obesity are not cut and dry and can be related to genetics, behavior and culture.
I hope these facts about obesity can help you or someone you know deal with an obesity problem and enable the person to get help before it is too late. Understanding some of the obesity facts may help in decreasing the problem of obesity.