How Obesity Affects Health and Body Mass Index

Obesity is a disease that affects the health of many people. Some people feel being overweight is just the way their bodies were meant to be. Obesity, or being extremely fat, is extremely unhealthy and being overweight is not too healthy either. Maintaining a normal body weight can prolong dementia. Studies show that carrying extra weight leads to high blood pressure and may cause heart disease as well. Heart disease may damage some blood vessel that lead to the brain, which can lead to more problems and even death. In some people obesity can also lead to diabetes.

The possibility of getting hypertension increases about forty two percent in the obese. Being underweight carries a risk of thirty six 36% causing memory impairment and increase inflammation from poor nutrition habits. According to the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 17% of people ages 2 – 19years old are overweight. Although some people may live healthier lives than other by eating well balanced meals, practicing stress reducing techniques, and exercising often, their metabolism could still be slow (sometimes due to family history) making them overweight or obese according to their body mass index (BMI).

According to a 2007 national report on the existence of obesity in adults in the United States, adult obesity went up in thirty seven states. A few extra pounds may be dangerous to one’s health. Staying healthy is important and that should be everyone’s goal. The unfortunate social issue taking place in the American school system is that physical education classes are either being minimized or cut out completely due to budget cuts. Not only does this reduce the amount of physical activity children receive, but it has also been found to leads to obesity and lowered academic achievements.