Being overweight, an horrible behavior or a health issue?

Health Problems of Being Overweight 

There are lots of people that are battling the problem of being overweight


Obesity is bad news for both body and mind. Not only can it make someone feel tired and uncomfortable, but carrying extra weight puts added stress on the body, especially the bones and joints of the legs. Kids and teens who are overweight are more likely to develop diabetes and other health problems. And overweight adults have a higher chance of getting heart disease.

Being overweight


The problem of childhood obesity in the United States has grown considerably in recent years. Approximately 12.7 million, or 17 percent, of children and adolescents, are obese. Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year. 

The annual cost to society for obesity is estimated at nearly $100 billion. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise.

What is obesity?

Obesity is a condition marked by excess accumulation of body fat. Genetic factors play a key role in obesity, but so do behavioral factors — especially eating too much and exercising too little.

Obesity can lead to diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and other problems. In fact, some researchers believe that obesity is second only to smoking as a preventable cause of death.

A few extra pounds does not suggest obesity. However, they may indicate a tendency to gain weight easily and a need for changes in diet and/or exercise. 

Generally, a child is not considered obese until the weight is at least 10 percent higher than what is recommended for their height and body type. 

Obesity most commonly begins between the ages of 5 and 6, or during adolescence. Studies have shown that a child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80 percent chance of becoming an obese adult.

Weight-related health problems include:

High blood pressure. When blood pressure is high, the heart has to work harder. If the problem continues for a long time, high blood pressure can damage the heart and arteries. 

High cholesterol. Abnormal blood lipid levels, including high cholesterol, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels, increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke when a person gets older.

Fatty liver. If fat builds up in the liver, it can cause inflammation, scarring, and permanent liver damage.

Asthma. Obesity increases the chance of having asthma. Breathing problems related to weight can make it harder to keep up with friends, play sports, or just walk from class to class.

Sleep apnea. This condition (where a person temporarily stops breathing during sleep) is a serious problem for many overweight kids and adults. Sleep apnea can leave people feeling tired and affect their ability to concentrate and learn. It also may lead to heart problems.

Joint and muscle pain. Wear and tear on the joints from carrying extra weight may lead to arthritis in adulthood.

Insulin resistance and diabetes. Insulin is a hormone that lowers the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood. When there is too must body fat, insulin is less effective at getting glucose, the body's main source of energy, into cells. 

Depression. People who are obese are more likely to be depressed and have lower self-esteemStress, sadness, anxiety, and other emotions can lead people to eat too much.

Obesity is also frequently accompanied by depression and the two can trigger and influence each other. Depression can both cause and result from stress, which, in turn, may cause you to change your eating and activity habits. 
Binge eating, a behavior associated with both obesity and other conditions such as anorexia nervosa, is also a symptom of depression.

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  • There are lots of people that are battling the problem of being overweight.
  • It is a worrying factor and can cause lots of health complications to the individual.
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