A Critical Study of Health and Society: Obesity

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No matter how you look at it or reduce it, there is nothing healthy about being obese. Obesity means having too much body fat. Unlike being overweight, it simply means weighing too much. The weight may appear from muscle, bone structure, water composition in the body and fat. Obesity takes place over time when you eat more calories than you use. Depending on how fast or slow our metabolisms convert the fuel in the food we eat into the energy that we use up for power in everything we do, we always have the left over calories that are stored as fat. . Factors that lead to obesity include your genetic makeup, overeating, eating high-fat foods and not being physically active. Being obese increases the risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and some cancers. This paper will analyze three scholarly articles: Prevention of weight gain in young adults through a seminar-based intervention program by M-F Hivert, et al.,

Community Influence on Adolescent Obesity: Race/Ethnic Differences by K.A. Thulitha Wickrama, et al. and Is Glutamate Decarboxylase 2 (GAD2) a Genetic Link between Low Birth Weight and Subsequent Development of Obesity in Children?" By David Meyre et al. in respect represent a particular health model.

Looking at the first model which is called the Health Promotion Model, the individual is not just a body, but is considered in the context of his/her life. In the article called, "Prevention of weight gain in young adults through a seminar-based intervention program" the objective of this study was a randomized-controlled trial over a period of two years that encouraged university students treated as subjects to attain both education and behavioural intervention seminars. This in turn was to help maintain a healthy lifestyle during the course of this study and the rest of...