The Ripple Effect of Obesity
With over one third of the U. S. Population clinically obese, increasing attention is
focused on the ripple effect this epidemic is having on our nation's health.
a condition that is characterized by excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body and that in an adult is typically indicated by a body mass index of 30 or greater
Obesity was officially declared a disease in June of 2013 by The American Medical Association – the largest organization of physicians in the United States. "The purpose of the policy is to advance obesity treatment and prevention," wrote AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven. "It issues a call for a paradigm shift in the way the medical community tackles this complicated issue so that we can reduce the number of Americans suffering from the effects of heart disease, diabetes, disability and other potentially life-changing health conditions."
A Big Concern and Getting Bigger
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Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A high BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness.
BMI Calculations are Based on A Mathematical Formula
Weight Divided by Height Squared
BMI = Weight in Pounds / (Height in inches x Height in inches) x 703
BMI = Weight in Kilograms / ( Height in Meters x Height in Meters )
Obesity-Related Health Issues
Type 2 Diabetes
Certain Types of Cancer
The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. ranges between $147 billion and $210 billion making obesity one of the biggest factors in preventable chronic diseases and healthcare costs.The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those
of normal weight.