-4-50 paperLack of exercise is a key contributor to disease and death among many people in the United States, regardless of age. It is a well-known fact that exercise results in a healthier lifestyle. Along with tobacco use and poor nutrition, lack of exercise is one of the main issues that people have which leads to high blood pressure, obesity, and other serious health problems.
According to a study by UCSD School of Medicine and SDSU researchers, lack of physical activity is the main contributor to obesity in children from age 11 to 15 (10 News, 2004). That study showed that 45 percent of 878 children were either at risk for becoming overweight or were already classified as overweight by the body mass index of the age group. The lack of exercise can also be a result of more time in front of the television instead of ...view middle of the document...
7 years longer.
This selected behavior is difficult to change because most people do not have the determination and will power to push their selves to make the lifestyle change. Some people were raised in a society in which heavier people are what are normal and there is not a need felt to lose weight or strive for a healthier lifestyle. Others do not have the time nor energy to exercise regularly enough to stay healthy. And there are people who do not put forth the effort to get in shape, stay in shape, and live longer.
* OBESITY STATS
Obesity is a disease that affects 34 percent of adults age 20 and over in the United States, which amounts to more than 72 million people. About 32.2 percent of American men and about 35.5 percent of American women are obese.
The number of overweight and obese Americans has increased almost continuously since 1960. About 68 percent of U.S. adults were estimated to be either overweight or obese by the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
If you are obese, you may have inherited it, because it has a strong genetic component. Your environment is another contributor. Our culture fosters the tendency toward obesity: physical activity isn't often required in our society, and the foods that cost the least often contain the most calories and the fewest nutrients.
A person is considered obese when his or her body mass index (BMI) is over 30 or weight is 20 percent or more above normal weight. "Morbid obesity" refers to being more than 100 pounds over normal weight or having a BMI of 40 or greater
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