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Obesity: An Epidemic in The Rio Grande Valley
Transcript of Obesity: An Epidemic in The Rio Grande Valley
Beating out Binghamton, New York: No. 2 with a 37.6% obesity rate.
Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index estimates that obesity-related medical expenses cost the city $410.9 million each year.
Mcallen along with most of the Rio Grande Valley is predominantly Hispanic with half the population not having health insurance.
Hispanics are nation's largest and fastest growing ethnic minority. The Most Obese City In America POOR NUTRITION - Poor nutrition is a huge precursor to obesity. If your body isn't getting the proper nutrients that it needs, it's going to begin to slow down, making it even harder to lose weight.
CULTURAL QUISINE - Mexican food is some of the tastiest food that exist, but it also is one the unhealthiest; enchiladas, tamales, menudo, flour tortillas, re-fried beans and fried rice . Most of our food is fried and saturated with fat. In the valley we not only face the fast food that plagues the entire nation, but also our own cultural cuisine. DOUBLE WHAMMY!!
LACK OF EXCERSISE - Lack of exercise is another contributing factor to the obesity epidemic. Without a balance or deficit in the number of calories consumed, and the number of calories burned, weight gain will occur.
HEALTH LITERACY -According to the Surgeon General, low health literacy contributes to our nation's epidemic of obesity. In other words, our country isn't educated in health. Even an inability to translate nutrition labels on foods decreases health literacy. You may know how to read them, but they mean nothing when you don't know how many grams of something you should consume in a meal, or in a day. Side Effects of Obesity /www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=Obesity%20Hispanics
http://www.livestrong.com/article/262489-the-leading-causes-of-obesity-in-america/ Reyes Garza Jr.
Dr. Melvin Clark Heller
English II - Rhetoric Sources Diabetes
high blood pressure
Joint problems, back, knee, and ankle pain
Mental stress Proposed Solution to Obesity Create and offer programs to low income families.
Programs based on nutrition education.
Programs based on fitness exercise education.
Dieticians to be included under private insurance and government provided healthcare. Side Note These diseases treated with pharmecutical medication.
They treat, but do not cure the disease.
Come with there own side effects. Nutrition therapy often can be a helpful component in medical therapy, but often it is not covered by insurance. It cannot only improve an individual's health, but it also can save money on health-care costs. According to a report by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM), getting nutritional therapy is cost effective. Dietitians can help people manage conditions such as high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney and heart problems and diabetes. A study by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif., showed that more than half the people who saw a dietitian only a few times lowered their cholesterol so much that they no longer needed cholesterol medication. Nutrition therapy saved the health-care system about $60,000 per year in prescription drug costs. According to the IOM report, nutrition therapy can mean a savings of millions of dollars. For example, if Medicare beneficiaries with high-blood pressure received nutrition therapy, health-care costs over a five-year period could be cut by an estimated $52 million dollars. These cost savings could be increased for every disease nutrition therapy was applied to. The IOM report's authors concluded that Medicare should cover nutrition counseling (http://www.ehow.com). Obesity Trends and Statistics in Texas vs. the U.S . By Education and Income
Socioeconomic factors such as lower educational attainment and income can be correlated to obesity in adults, and to some extent in children as well.25
Studies have found that obesity is less common among people with more education, and Texas is no exception. In 2009, Texas’ college graduates were the least likely to be obese, at 22.2 percent. Texans without a high school diploma were the most likely to be obese, at 37.4 percent (Exhibit 6).26
The relationship between income and obesity in adults is well-established.27 In 2009, Texans earning between $15,000 and $24,999 annually were the most likely to be obese (38.1 percent); those earning $50,000 or more per year were least likely, at 26.3 percent.28 The Demographics of Obesity The Leading Causes of Obesity in Hispanics