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Obesity in America

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Katie Best

on 28 April 2010

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What is Obesity? Obesity In America
And What College has to do with it Obesity is when a person is excessively overweight and has a BMI over 30.

What is BMI and how do I know what mine is? BMI stands Body Mass Index. To find your Body Mass Index follow these steps:
- Multiply your weight in pounds by 703.
- Divide that answer by your height in inches.
- Divide that answer by your height in inches again.

Compare your answer to the values below.

- Below 18.5 underweight
- 18.5-24.9 healthy
- 25.0-29.9 overweight
- 30.0-39.9 Obese
- 40 and up Morbidly Obese According to the BMI scale the guy in the
picture was indicated as over-weight. Muscle
weight tends to reduce the accuracy of the BMI
scale. So be careful of using the BMI scale. The Percentage of Obesity in America -34% of adults are obese and this is
more than double the obesity rate 30
years ago.
-17% of children are obese. This is three
times the amount of obese children since 1980. Complications Caused by Obesity -diabetes
-heart disease
-blood abnormalities
-skin disease
-gallbladder disease
-chronic muscularoskeletal problems
-gynecological problems (such as infertility and irregular periods)
-depression What causes obesity? Being seriously overweight is not caused by one single factor. There are a number of things that may interact and contribute to one becoming morbidly obese. These include:
-physical inactivity
-emotional or psychological factors
-high-fat/high calorie diet
-medical problems Legend of the Freshman Fifteen A study done at Rutgers' Cook College showed that out of 67 students three fourths of the students gained some weight. However the average weight gain was only 7 pounds. How can Colleges Help Prevent Obesity? A good example of a college that easily helps prevent obesity is Purdue University.
Purdue has many opportunites to prevent obesity. Health and Fitness Gymnasium Clubs and Intramural Sports Humans vs Zombies A large campus gives you an opportunity to walk to class Active philanthropies in the Greek Life Dorm activities Campus Social Life What about Anorexia? There are those critics that believe Anorexia is a growing problem in the western culture when the statistics say that
1-5% of all female adolescents and young women are anorexic.

Anorexia is a pyschiatric disorder which invloves the inability to eat due to the fear of excess weight gain. The average age of the onset of anorexia is 17, which is the time many teenagers are deciding where to pursue their collegiate careers.

The anorexic has a distorted image of themselves when even their thin, they see a heavy person in the mirror. Miami of Ohio University recently had a problem with students barely eating and working out repeatly during the week to get that "idealized model body".

The university instituted a plan that only allowed students to scan their ID's a certain number of times at the health and fitness center.

Since anorexia is just as dangerous as obesity, it is important for students to find a happy medium in their weight and be proud of who they are.
Obesity Rates are increasing through the years Obesity rates in 1990 Obesity rates in 1999 Obesity rates in 2008 Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution in America Jamie Oliver is a 34-year-old English chef,
restaurateur, and media personality that is
becoming more and more popular this year in
the U.S.for his new TV show called "Jamie's
Food Revolution." In this new series, Oliver is determined to take
on the high statistics of obesity, heart disease,
and diabetes in the U.S. The death toll rates
from these dieases are rapidly increasing each
year, now with the first generation of children
ever who are not expected to live as long as their
parents. Oliver's mission is to invite all viewers
to take a stand and change the way America eats,
in home kitchens, schools, and workplaces. How the Revolution Can Be Brought
Into Colleges In America Jamie Oliver has written over 7 best-sellers about how to eat
healthy and correctly. These books include easy recipes and "how-to's."

Each of these books could be used by college students to help them learn how to cook healthy and eat right.

Student governments could try to improve the way dining court meals are prepared.

Even parents could get involved by using Oliver's best-sellers and TV show as inspiration to cook better over breaks and holidays. Looking at the Future Because this is the first generation
that is expected to live a shorter
life than their parents, it is vital
that a change is made.

College campuses are a perfect place to
learn how to help save this generation
from diet related deaths.

It is important that we, as college students,
help stop this epidemic with our generation
and prevent it from continuing onto future
generations. Bibliography Anorexia statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.mirror-mirror.org/anorexia-statistics.htm

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Healthline, Initials. (2010). Body mass index. Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/adamcontent/body-mass-index?utm_medium=ask&utm_source=smart&utm_campaign=article&utm_term=BMI&ask_return=Body+Mass+Index

Obesity. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.girlscouts.org/research/facts_findings/obesity.asp

Oliver, J. (2010). My Biog. Retrieved from http://www.jamieoliver.com/about/jamie-oliver-biog

Scott, J.R. (2008, July 30). How Prevalent is being overweight in America. Retrieved from http://weightloss.about.com/od/obesityhealth/f/americastats.htm

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