Obesity in America
Obesity is rapidly becoming the nation’s No. 1 health concern. Of the 97 million Americans who suffer from obesity, 5 to 10 million Americans are considered morbidly obese. Obesity is considered “morbid” when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of obesity-related conditions or serious diseases that can cause death or disability.
Obesity is typically defined as being at least 100 pounds over ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher. Morbid obesity is a chronic disease whose symptoms build slowly over time.
What seems to cause obesity in our population? It is obvious that there is more than one contributing factor so we will take a quick look at some of them.