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Although it has nothing to do with international boundaries orpopulation size it is the people of America who are expanding at thewaistline In the United States thirty three percent of the adult population areobese One is considered obese if one is more then twenty percent over idealThe main cause of obesity in humans is the calorie A calorie is a unitused to measure the energy value of food and the energy used by the body tomaintain normal functions When the calories from food intake equal thecalories of energy the body uses weight remains constant When morecalories are eaten than the body needs the body stores the additional caloriesas fat which causes subsequent weight gain Consuming about thirty fivehundred calories more than what the body needs results in a weight gain ofBill Phillips a leading authority in health and nutrition states The bestway to not be obese is a healthy diet and lifestyle Your diet will greatlyimpact on the way you look the way you approach things and the amount youwill be able to do physically Phillips 135A good balanced diet consists of the five major food groups The fivemajor food groups are Bread and Cereal Fruit Vegetables Meat and MeatAlternatives and the Milk group The Bread and Cereal groups arerecommended for six to seven servings per day The Fruit group isrecommended for two or three servings per day The Vegetable group is recommended for four servings a day Meat and Meat Alternatives arerecommended one serving per day The Milk group for a young or stillgrowing person is of much greater importance then when the person hasstopped growing due to the amount of calcium one needs when he or she isgrowing The reason for this is while the body is growing your body needsfat and dairy products for energy and nutrients Phillips 258Some people who are obese cannot help it The Hypothalamus a partof the brain important because it regulates the internal activities of the
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