One of the pressing problems of our society is the body weight. Not from a discriminatory point of view, but from a medical one. How do body weight problems affect our life and how has the matter developed over time?
Studies show that the average body weight of Americans has increased over time if comparing present times to what happened 20 or 30 years ago. What’s worse, children are not spared in the process: this affects them too. Fifth graders are heavier than they should be; on the one hand, girls are seven pounds heavier, and preserve the same height, while on the other hand, boys gained almost double the girls’ surplus (13.5 pounds), but they are also taller (by one inch).
With adults, women tend to gain more weight than men, but teenagers are the most exposed to the process.
The study was held by the Centers for Disease Control, and it involved 19,151 people who served as subjects for investigation and surveying. The recent results compared the 90’s situation to the one nowadays.
Only by looking at the statistics, one could easily conclude that the Americans are living the most unhealthy times in their history. Specialists claim that the situation should not be neglected by people. The process of gaining weight is determined by two factors, specialists say, environment and genetics. Lifestyle (healthy food, working out) is also important in determining the body weight of a person.
Anthony Comuzzie (Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio) is one of the authorities in the field. He shared his opinion on the matter:
“There are many active efforts to combat obesity, but our culture at large is in the business of propagating it for profit, from big food to big media to big pharma. It’s that simple. We do much more, across the expanse of our culture, to foster obesity than to defend against it”.
Obesity does not simply lead to discomfort, but to other serious diseases as well, among which: blood pressure, arthritis, it affects people’s social life, and also has psychological effects on them. Dr. Goutham Rao, another famous researcher, made some important declarations to ABC News:
“The prevalence of obesity in adults has increased since 2006, and this is true for kids as well. We are even seeing more children with adult problems, like high blood pressure.”
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