A man suffering with obesity.
- Population is eating more calories than used by the body because of eating high fat foods and reduced physical activity
- Widespread availability of processed foods with minimal nutritional value
- Decreased emphasis placed on daily physical activity
- Medications, such as antidepressants, contraceptives, diabetes drugs, and substances used to control blood pressure, often cause weight gain as an unintended side effect.
- Environmental groups hypothesize that the pollutants in our environment are impacting the hormones which control body weight.
- Studies have shown people who regularly get less than eight hours of sleep each night are more likely to be obese.
- American women are generally waiting longer to begin having children, and older mothers are more likely to give birth to children with weight problems.
- Middle aged people and those of Hispanic descent are statistically more likely to struggle to maintain a healthy body weight. The United States is becoming older and more ethnically diverse.
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Prostate cancer
- Colon cancer
Obesity is defined as being overweight, having too much fat on your body and a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30.
Reasons for Obesity in America
Medical Risks of Obesity
An example of obesity is a person with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30.
The condition of being obese; increased body weight caused by excessive accumulation of fat.
- The state of being obese due to an excess of body fat.