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Maintaining A Healthy Weight Data collected from more than 20000 people by the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reveal a distressing picture of excessive weight and obesity in American Society These increases have been caused by greater daily caloric consumption and a relatively low level of consistent physical activity Today the average American man consumes 2684 calories per day compared to 1531 calories in 1980 Additionally only 22 percent of adults engage in thirty minutes of moderately intense activity for the recommended number of days per week This increase in weight occurs however only when the body is supplied with more energy than it can use and the excess energy is stored in the form of adipose tissue or as we know it fat The continuos buildups off adipose tissue leads to excess weight and eventually turns into obesity Obesity is so closely associated with chronic conditions that medical experts now recommended that obesity itself be defined and treated as a Chronic disease The most prevalent forms of malnutrition in the more affluent countries of the world are overweight and obesity Most people think of malnourishment as a shortage of certain types of essential nutrients In developing countries food deprivation forms the basis of malnutrition However malnutrition can also be a disease of plenty Due to the fact that our food supply exceeds the needs of our population people are able to eat more than is required for healthy living They often consume more calories than they expend They can then become overweight and eventually may become obeseThere is one big question that people ask a lot and really do not understand when obesity and overweight are discussed That is How can people tell the difference between obesity and being overweight Nutritionist have said that obesity is apparent when fat accumulation produces a
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