What is Obesity?
Obesity, in the most simple of terms, is an excess proportion of total body fat. A person is considered to be obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight.
Science of Obesity
Obesity causes chronic inflammation as weight increases. Excess fat cells release biochemicals that lead to inflammation, which can result in heart disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Contributing factors to obesity include genetics, metabolism, behavior, environment, and economic status.
Obesity as a Growing Epidemic
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third (35.7%) of all U.S. adults are obese, and the rate of adult obesity in the U.S. nearly tripled from 1960-2010.
Risks of Obesity
People who are suffering from obesity or are overweight have an increased risk of developing more than 40 diseases and health conditions including: