According to federal centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they estimated that obesity is responsible for 365,000 deaths per year in the United States ("Statistics").
Diseases/ Sicknesses caused by Obesity:
- High blood pressure
- Coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure
- Low back pain
- Obstructive sleep apnea and other respiratory problems
- Some types of cancer, including endometrial, breast, prostate, and colon
- Poor female reproductive health such as menstrual irregularities, infertility
- Psychological disorders including depression, eating disorders, distorted body image and low self esteem
- Gallbladder disease
- Increased surgical risk
- Stress incontinence (urine leakage caused by weak pelvic-floor muscles)
- Hirsutism (presence of excess body and facial hair)
CDC has also estimated that obesity is the No. 7 most preventable cause of death ("Statistics").
Losing weight/ staying healthy:
- Eat your heaviest meal in the morning or at lunch
- Drink a glass of water before eating
- Eat more slowly
- Eat smaller portions
- Limit the number of meals eaten out, especially fast food
- Keep healthy snacks easily at hand around the house and at work
- Get social support from friends and relatives, or from established programs like Overeaters Anonymous or Wight Watchers (Howard)
- Reduce sedentary activities like TV, video games and computer use
- Manage your stress
- Instead of frying your foods, put them in the oven
- Use fewer cheeses that are high in grease, along with creams and butter, especially when cooking.
- When cooking use little aerosol, vegetable oil, or margarine ("US").
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body mass index, or BMI, is a new term to most people. However, it is the measurement of choice for many physicians and researchers studying obesity ("Pathogenesesis").