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                                                       Obesity


Obesity affects nearly one-third of the adult American population and is on the increase world-wide
even in countries like china and India.

Major reason for the rise in obesity is due to - lack of exercise and diets containing increased sugars,
fats and processed foods. This is an issue that is only going to get worse.

The problem is almost as serious for British women. Again more than one in five women (22.8%) are
obese, a rise of nearly  40% since 1993, whereas 42% more girls, just under 17% in all, are obese
compared with nine years ago.

Obesity is an excess of body fat resulting in a significant impairment of health. Obesity results when
the size or number  of fat cells in a person's body increases.

A normal-sized person has between 30 and 35 billion fat cells. When a person gains weight, these fat
cells first increase in size and later in number. One pound of body fat represent about 3500 stored
calories.

Obesity can be linked to a lack of physical activity and high calorie foods. Fast food is a major
contributor of obesity in our present society.  


An individual can be considered obese if they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30.

Bad Effects Of Obesity On Health
Obesity increases one's risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart
disease, stroke etc.