Obesity: The Plague of the 21st century

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Obesity is skyrocketing to epic proportions. It’s the black death of the 21st century.

Obesity affects over 1/3 of the US population. That’s over a billion people. Due to the growing chain of fast food restaurants, the US Obesity Rates have been steadily climbing since the mid 20th century.

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As of September 2016, every single state has an obesity rate of over 20%, while rates exceed 30% in 25 states and 35% in 4 states.

 

This is dangerous. Real dangerous.

What is Obesity?

Contrary to popular belief, Overweight and obese are two different things.

  • Overweight refers to an excess amount of body weight. That can come from fat, water, muscle, or just bone mass.
  • Obese refers to an unhealthy excess amount of body fat.

Most people use their BMI to estimate overweight/obesity:

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However, this is not always a good representation of their classification because BMI uses your height and your weight. Those with heavy bones/muscles will generally have a larger BMI than those who don’t.

Here is an online BMI calculator for adults: BMI Calculator

A study has shown that if current worldwide trends continue, 1 in 5 people will be obese by 2025.


Sources:

❤️️ “Health News: 1 in 5 people will be obese by 2025, study says.” // CNN

❤️️ “Obesity in the US: Fast Facts” // CNN

❤️️ “Overweight and Obesity” // CDC 

❤️️ “What does your BMI mean? // Weight Watchers

 

 

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