Book Report on Obesity

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obesity


Obesity has increased in North American society (especially in the states). The United
States has even been called an overweight nation. About 20% to 30% of American adults are
now considered obese. Even though some Americans are in the healthy category, others enter
the underweight, overweight, and even obese categories. Not only is obesity unhealthy, but
it is also considered unacceptable. People have been labeled and made fun of their entire
lives do to obesity. For some this is an uncontrollable way of life. An example of this
are shirts which say "No Fat Chicks", showing that overweight people are unacceptable and
undesirable. People are made fun of, often never to regain full acceptance.

Some people are to be blamed for their poor health status, while others blame their
heredity or ethnicity. Many place the blame on more environmental sources. These might
include, but are not limited to, education level and peer groups. The American Medical
Association identifies genetic, environmental, and psychological influences on obesity.

You are considered obese by the American Medical Association, if 30% of your body weight
is fat. . Obesity occurs when a person has a greater calorie intake than he or she burns
during that day. Dr. Mary Ferguson believes that "doctors need to encourage greater weight
loss in obese patients due to the fact that obese people are twice as likely to die from
such health conditions as heart disease, strokes, cancer, gallbladder disease and
diabetes. Dr. Ferguson also stated that the average number of deaths a year caused by
obesity is 324,940 in the USA.

There are many different type of treatments for this disorder including: diets,
medications, and in some cases, behavior modifications. It is important for these fat
people to receive the treatments available to them because obesity lowers the quality of
life and makes the person more socially unacceptable. As treatment options increase,
obesity also becomes less acceptable. Advances in technology have increased leading to the
discovery of liposuction, a medical procedure where the individual's body fat is literally
vacuumed out of their body.

Since people often socialize with people who are more similar to them. An obese person's
group of friends may also be obese. Since they are obese, overeating is a natural thing to
them and they may encourage the obese attitude and lifestyle. If two fat people are with
each other, the chances of them over eating and not exercising regularly are like finding
a needle in a haystack. The group makes each other feel better about their decisions and
decide to participate themselves. Outside of this group, the group members are seen as
deviant.

People are labeled deviant due to their attitudes, behaviors, or conditions. All of these
contribute to obesity. Some attitudes might obtain an acceptance within a peer group or
family for obesity. Behavior for obesity shouldn't be labeled deviant because its often
uncontrollable, but some obese people become obese due to overeating and lack of activity.
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