The Obesity Epidemic In The United_States

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The obesity epidemic has been an issue not only throughout the whole world but specifically in the United States for quite some time now. With that being said the overweight population has far more complex health issues as well as many difficult challenges involving the health care system. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that a person with obesity can face many health conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, death etc. Background In the article ?Obesity Prevalence in the United States“ Up, Down, or Sideways?’ by Susan Yanovski and Jack Yanovski, states that some investigators suggest that a large percentage of Americans if not 100% will be obese, meaning their BMI will be over 25, by the year 2050. Other investigators state that the United States obesity rates, even though they are high have become stabilized.

The Yanovski’s talk about which to believe since this information is coming from the same place. Government agencies have two different ways of collecting the United States population BMI scores, one through the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey (NHANES) and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for adults and the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance system (YRBS) for high school aged students. The differences between the two samplings is that the NHANES is an actual measure of the exact height and weight of the individual whereas the BRFSS and YRBS is self-reported height and weight. The results from the NHANES are much more reliable since people tend to say that their height is taller than they truly are and that they weigh less than they really do.

The Yanovski’s have found that data from either the NHANES or the BRFSS/YRBS is still too high and is causing diseases to also increase in children and adults.

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