Childhood Obesity In Adults

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Obesity in adults has been an increasing problem over the last three decades. In the Unites States, obesity in adults increased from 13% in the 1960s to 32% in 2004 (Wang & Beydoun, 2007). It is estimated that 42-51% of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030 (Pruchno, PhD, Wilson-Genderson, PhD, & Gupta, DO, 2014). The current national statistics are that more than one-third (35.7%) of adults are considered obese and more than 1 in 20 (6.3%) are extremely obese (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 2012). The city of Las Cruces is located in Dona Ana county, which currently has an adult obesity rate of 28.2%, while the obesity rate of the entire state of New Mexico is 26.6% (New Mexico Department of Health, 2014). While the diagnosis of obesity is specific to determining whether or not someone is overweight, there is more to obesity than just excessive…show more content…
Obesity has many causative factors that can either be medical (hypothyroidism, genetics, Cushing’s syndrome, or polycystic ovarian syndrome) or can be linked to environmental issues, such as a lack of places for people to be physically active, long work hours, oversized food portions, commercial fast food products, processed meals, lack of access to healthy foods, and advertising of high-calorie, high-fat, sugary foods and beverages (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute,

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