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The Obesity Health Crisis Obesity has been designated as a global epidemic by the World Health Organization since 1998 It is one of the most common chronic illnesses in North America and its frequency is steadily rising The American Obesity Association AOA defines obesity as a Body Mass Index BMI of 30 while a BMI of 25 is defined as overweight in adults The United States has become widely notorious for its high obesity rates The AOA states that currently 645 of adult Americans and 456 of American children are categorized as overweight or obese This alarming trend is also being observed in other westernized countries including Canada According to a National Population Health Survey by Statistics Canada 41 of Canadian adults and 37 of Canadian children currently fit into this category It is a startling fact that over the last 15 years the number of obese children in Canada has tripled Obesity is becoming a crisis in the North American society Obesity increases ones risk of many life threatening conditions Many social and economic factors have contributed to this increasing health problem There are many health concerns caused by this excess of body fat They include hypertension heart disease arthritis cancer and diabetes Obesity also often leads to psychological struggles with depression and low self-esteem Many of these medical conditions that were once almost exclusive to adults are now becoming increasingly common in children Both the Canadian and US governments spend billions of dollars each year to treat these ailments Individuals who are obese as children will likely be obese as adults therefore given this now recognized trend it is likely that we will only see an increase in the costs resulting from obesity What are some of the factors that caused this crisis to develop The Industrial Revolution marked the beginnings of civilizations reliance on mechanical devices The many inventions that were designed to make life easier were used in
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