Health Promotion Program

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Health Promotion Program

A person who is obese is a person whose weight is 20 percent or more above a normal weight. About 30 percent of people in the United States are obese. Obesity is when you are overweight. Some people are obese because of the genes that are carried on in the generations of families. Most people are obese because they are over eating and not being mindful of calorie intake. Some people take in a lot of food and do nothing to sweat out the fat in toxins that are built up. Severe obesity is a serious health condition that can lead to an earlier death.

Severe obesity, more than 100 pounds overweight, occurs when the body stores excess energy in the form of fat. It is a complex disorder that may be the result of biochemical, physiologic, genetic or inherited influences on weight maintenance. Environmental, cultural, socioeconomic and psychological influences may be contributing factors.

Obesity is the result of overeating and excess consumption of sweet and processed foods in combination with little or no activity. This means a person has too much body fat and that your health is in danger. Having too much body fat can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and even stroke (WebMD, 2010). Losing weight is very important because of all of the health risks involved with being obese. Although it will be hard to do because we have become accustomed to eating a certain way, if you add exercise and a healthy meal plan it can be done.

Obesity can occur at any age, even in young children. But as you age, hormonal changes and a less active lifestyle increase your risk of obesity. In addition, the amount of muscle in your...