Monday, 25 July 2016

Obesity and America: Management of the Epidemic

The U.S is one of the countries that have the highest number of obese people. The population of the obese people in this country keeps increasing. Obesity is a high-risk disease condition associated with other complications such as cardiac arrest and hypertension. The resultant conditions are responsible for the high mortality associated with obesity. The increase in the obesity cases and the danger associated with the disease makes obesity an important case to study.

According to Bray, the obesity cases are reaching critical levels with 250 million people in the world being obese. It contributes to the acquisition of life-threatening diseases including diabetes mellitus, coronary thrombosis, gallbladder disease, hypertension, cancer and osteoarthritis. These diseases may in turn cause death progressively.

Another significance of the research study is the social impact the disease has on the victims. Being overweight is associated with being gluttonous and unattractive. Obese people, therefore, live a traumatized life due to lack of confidence and low self-esteem. This can also lead to depression in the affected people.

Obese people are also less productive due to the social discrimination, other limiting conditions such as diseases and the fact that they are overweight. Due to this reason, as the rates of obesity rise, the productivity of the society and the country at large will reduce. To prevent the country from getting to such extremities, the disease needs to be controlled.

Obesity has lots of negative impacts on the society today. The surprising thing is that cases of obesity are soaring to a whole new level such that, it has been termed as an epidemic. There have been campaigns and public awareness created to educate people on how to control the disease. However, as evidenced by the ever increasing cases of obesity, more need to be done regarding the condition management in the U.S.