OBESITY...

 

A Chronic Disease

 

“Obesity is a chronic disease in the same sense as hypertension and

atherosclerosis ….. The excess energy is stored in fat cells that

enlarge and/or increase in number. Enlarged fat cells produce the

clinical problems associated with obesity either because of the

weight or mass of the extra fat or because of the increased secretion

of free fatty acids and numerous peptides from enlarged fat cells. The

consequence of these two mechanisms is other diseases, such as

diabetes mellitus, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, heart disease,

and some forms of cancer. The spectrum of  medical, social, and

psychological disabilities includes a range of medical and behavioral

problems.   

http://academic.research.microsoft.com/Paper/6628118.aspx

 

This chronic disease has been around for a very long time. The Latin
 
word obesus was first used by Randle Cotgrave in A Dictionarie of the
 
French and English Tongues in 1611. Obesus comes from ob, meaning,
 
“over”, and esus the past participle of edere, meaning “to eat”, and it
 
describes a condition related to the behavior of overeating where one
 
has eaten himself stout, plump, or fat.”
 
  
The progression of obesity is often slow, and develops over a long period 
 
of time, as in many chronic diseases. Curing chronic diseases, such as
 
obesity, may be difficult, but controlling and preventing them is where
 
the effort is most warranted and should be focused. This is where the
 
CUPS diet®’s Control Using PortionS model will prove invaluable. 

  

 

Epidemic Proportions
 
 
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. The number of
 
individuals that are considered overweight (with a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9)
 
or obese (BMI of 30 and over) has increased rapidly in recent decades.
 
1 in every 6 adults worldwide meets the criteria for obesity (WHO’s
 
World Health Statistics 2012 report). This trend has been recognized by
 
government health agencies globally.
 
 
The obesity epidemic is extremely troublesome with regard to increased
 
weight associated health risks and higher financial outlay by both the
 
dieter and society at large.  
  

 

“Overweight and obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the
 
U.S. and worldwide.”
http://www.examiner.com/article/obesity-is-reaching-epidemic-proportions

 

 
“The prevalence of obesity in the United States has doubled in
 
the past two decades."
www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/chapter3.htm
 
 
“An estimated 129.6 million Americans … are overweight or
 
obese.”

www.usgovinfo.about.com/cs/healthmedical/a/hhsobesity.htm 

 
 
 “The number of overweight and obese Americans has increased
 
since 1960, a trend that shows no signs of slowing down.” 
www.obesity.org/resources-for/what-is-obesity.htm
 
 
 
“… among the group of individuals with a BMI over 30, their 
 
average weight continues to increase.”  
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2012/t0507_weight_nation.html

 

 

Weight Associated Health Risks

 

Many now realize that being overweight or obese often leads to very

serious health consequences. These health related problems are quite 

numerous and include such conditions as diabetes, hypertension,

stroke, various types of cancer, heart problems, etc. Knowledge of these

facts almost invariably results in a genuine desire to lose weight. 

 

 

Obesity increases the risk of developing: 

 

Coronary heart disease  

 

Type 2 Diabetes   

 

Cancer – endometrial   

 

Cancer – breast and colon   

 

Hypertension (high blood pressure)   

 

Dyslipidemia   

 

Liver and Gallbladder Disease  

 

Respiratory Problems   

 

Sleep Apnea  

 

Osteoarthritis

 

Gynecological problems     

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/effects/index.html
     
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