They are not the same and usually common misconception. A person is consider overweight when they have an excessive amount of body weight, this includes muscle, bone, fat and water. However, obesity is the accumulation of excessive body fat. Being overweight does not necessarily mean that one is obese. A body builder for instance, would be consider overweight by all practical standards due to the amount of muscle mass, but not obese. In most cases, those that are overweight are consider obese!
The Domestic Impact While obesity rates have increased in adults nationwide, the obesity epidemic has increased more dramatically in specific areas of the country. The following chart depicts a regional breakdown of the obesity epidemic among people in the U.S. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is highest overall in the Southern region of the country.
America’s Obesity Epidemic In 1991, only four of 45 states participating in the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System had obesity prevalence rates of 15 to 19 percent and none had obesity prevalence rates greater than 20 percent. By the year 2000, all of the 50 states had obesity prevalence rates of 15 percent or greater, with 35 of the 50 states having obesity prevalence rates as high as 20 percent or greater.
- 20 states had obesity prevalence rates of 15–19 percent
- 29 states had obesity prevalence rates of 20–24 percent
- One state had an obesity prevalence rate of more than 25 percent
The prevalence of obese individuals in the U.S. increased to 20.9 percent in 2001, a 5.6 percent increase in one year and a 74 percent increase since 1991. The following chart outlines the growing obesity epidemic by state.
*Based on age-adjusted prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults, age 20 years or over.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking kills approximately 442,000 Americans each year, while obesity kills 300,000. Although the food industry and some doctors have challenged the estimate of 300,000 deaths from obesity as unreliable, the surgeon general and numerous experts have adopted it _ and some even suggest the toll is higher.
Those that are obese live a desperate life trapped in a shell that is not reflective of the person within. Sadly, some are lonely from within filled with depression and a host of illnesses just waiting to die. In most cases, they can not be reached by love ones that try to encourage them to lose weight. Surgeries in my opinion, not only does more harm then good but also removes the essence of what was given at birth. Unfortunately for many, exercise is not always possible and may lead to heart failure for those who are morbidly obese.
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