What is Obesity?
Obesity: A Disease
Obesity is emerging as a health epidemic around the world. According to the Centres for Disease
Control and Prevention, obesity is rapidly spreading across all regions and demographic groups.
An estimated 97 million adults in the United States are overweight or obese. That figure represents
more than 50% of the American adult population. Of this
group, 11 million adults suffer from severe obesity.
Obesity is an excess of total body fat, which results from caloric intake that exceeds energy
usage. A measurement used to assess health risks of obesity is Body Mass Index (BMI).
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The American Obesity Association reports that obese individuals have a 50-100% increased
risk of death as compared to normal weight individuals, with 300,000 to 587,000 deaths each
year. This substantial increase in health risks has made obesity the second leading cause of
preventable death in the United States.