Many People In America Are Obese
is a concern in the nation about how many people in America are
obese. You may ask why is this a concern; well this article is
going to explain why you as well as the nation should be concerned
with this topic.
A new study by the Department of Health and Human Resources revealed
that 64% of people in America are overweight or obese. Being overweight
is defined as being 20% to 30% of the body mass index. Being obese
is defined as being 31% or more of the body mass index. The body
mass index is based on calculating a person's height to weight
ratio to calculate how much fat a person is carrying on their
body. If this is true, then it means more than half of Americans
are carrying around too much weight on their bodies and are at
risk for long term disease effects.
Have you ever tried to get health insurance when you are sick?
Well it's very hard to do and sometimes impossible. Individuals
who are sick drive up costs of medical care for the rest of individuals
on the plan. This affects both fit individuals and those with
less than stellar health statistics. For the good of the many,
weight loss is encouraged for all applying for and obtaining health
benefit plans. Life insurance is the same issue. Getting coverage
with risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and heart risk factors
is next to impossible due to the risk that having to cash out
those policies is much greater in individuals with greater risks.
Next, let's talk about national security. If you were in the trenches
with a soldier who was not fit as well as one who was fit, who
would you like to carry you over his back if you were shot in
the leg? Your answer would probably be the fit guy. The likelihood
of being qualified for the armed forces decreases with each pound
over the BMI a person goes. The military requires fit individuals
for service and it is becoming harder every year to find young
men and women who fit the bill. Our school systems have in some
cases cut physical education programs from their curriculums and
are focused on just reading, writing and arithmetic.
It is crucial that America gets back to exercise and healthy eating
if it is to compete with other developed nations of the world.
It is a shame to see just how many people in America are obese,
but there is hope if we put in hard work and change our habits.