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Ugly Obesity

What is obesity and how do you know if you are classified as obese? According to Dictionary.com obese is an adjective meaning very fat, overweight or corpulent. If you look up the word corpulent it makes reference to portly which I don’t think is how any of us want to be described. Obese is measured by your body mass index or BMI. Your BMI score is found by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. Sounds complicated huh? You will find a much easier way of getting your BMI score by using the BMI calculator below. If you find you are not happy with the results don’t worry because there is a solution.

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If you are one of the unfortunate people that is classified as obese you are not alone. Obesity is on the rise in our country. My home state, Georgia, is listed seventeenth worst with Mississippi being the absolute worst. The fit people of Colorado are listed as the leanest in the country. If you wish to see where your state is ranked, visit the list here. The most concerning part about these numbers is that the country as a whole is getting worse. There are an alarming number of overweight people living in the United States. We need to put an end to this trend.

Obesity has some serious health risks not to mention it’s affect on your self esteem. Research has shown that if your body weight reaches levels to be considered obese or overweight you have an increased risk of coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension, stroke and respiratory problems to name a few. The effects of being overweight could have deadly consequences.

The list of diets introduced to the public grows everyday with some being way out in left field. The one smart way is not a diet at all but a lifestyle of exercise and eating properly. To lose weight you must burn more calories than you take in but it’s a little more complicated than that. You must feed the body in order to fuel your metabolism. The wonderful people at Beachbody have put together several exercise and nutrition programs to make it simple for you. You don’t have to do it alone. The Beachbody community of coaches is there to encourage and assist you along the way. If you find yourself unhappy with your weight or just want to reach the next level in your fitness, Beachbody has a program for you.

You can learn more about all the Beachbody fitness programs, supplements and fitness gear here.

Related link: http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2010/

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Reference: NIH, NHLBI Obesity Education Initiative. Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/ob_gdlns.pdf(PDF-1.25Mb)

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5 Comments

  1. I teach Phys. Ed. in Central PA. Our state currently has about 30% obesity rate. Sometimes I feel like I am fighting an uphill battle, but I refuse to give up!

    • What part of PA Sue? My wife is from Canton, PA. Middle North PA. Keep up the good fight. End the trend!

  2. I think obesity is so overlooked. Nobody jokes about cancer or diabetes, but it’s almost socially acceptable to be obese and unhealthy? We have a huge and important task ahead of us in changing the mindset of this country. Keep up the good work!

  3. Curious that Obesity varies so much from state to state and country to country. Just proves that it is lifestyle and not genes in most cases. Up here in Wisconsin, we probably aren’t doing ourselves any favors by eating so much dairy. Makes me wonder what bad habits I’m passing on to my kids without even knowing.

  4. While I’m changing my habits and getting to “the other side”, I do worry about others in my family who just don’t seem to be worried about it. Thanks for posting this! Definitely an eye opener.

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