Obesity and Overweight Essay

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Have you ever gone to the store and nothing you tried on fit you right? How would you feel if people made fun of you because you were overweight? Have you ever felt like you can’t do certain things because you are overweight? How would you feel if you looked at a fashion magazine and you know you could not wear the outfits advertised in them? Many people in our society feel this way every day! It is becoming a major problem for Americans, our life styles, the food we eat are all things are contributing to this problem. Restaurants such as McDonalds, Taco Bell and Burger King play a big role in this. Another factor that is contributing to obesity is our life styles. The problem is obesity plays a negative part in our society because it …show more content…
What is overweight? The definition of overweight is “An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9” (CDC.gov). What is obesity? The definition of obesity is “An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher” (CDC.gov). What is BMI you may ask? Well a BMI is short for Body Mass Index. To figure out what your BMI is you might want to see a doctor or they have many charts online. Focusing on the teenagers a bit, teenagers who have a higher body fat have a higher BMI. But if your muscular and have the same BMI as an overweight person it does not mean you are overweight. This is just for people who are overweight. But everyone is different. You could be 5’3 and 150 pounds and be considered overweight but someone who is 5’10 and 150 pounds could be considered healthy weight it all just depends on your height and bone structure.
Back to the BMI chart we just talked about if you think about it and feeling you are at risk of obesity you should visit your doctor. Being obese causes you to have a higher risk of health problems than people who are just overweight. How many people in the US are overweight or obese?
The total US is made up of more then 65% overweight people. That is more than half our country’s population! The highest amount of overweight people actually live in “Mississippi with “34.9%” (F: as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012) of the state’s population overweight. Coming in as a close second is Louisiana, with a percentage of

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