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Do You Know

December 11, 2007
By Anonymous

Do you know of anyone that suffers from obesity that may be risking their life, and you think they should do something about it? You should inform them on the dangers of obesity and that it risks their health. When someone eats more calories then their body can burn off, their bodies store the extra calories as fat and they consider these people obese. Obesity affects your health and emotions, therefore very dangerous.

First, obesity can cause many terrible diseases. For example, a few of these diseases that arise from obesity include Diabetes and Heart Disease. Fat stored in your body that causes someone to be overweight can affect your joints, breathing, sleeping, mood, and your energy levels. If you are obese, you may want to watch for signs of these problems and consider going to a doctor and make sure you are not developing any o these awful diseases.

Secondly, it may cause many health problems. For instance, Blount’s bone deformity on the lower legs arose by hauling around extra weight. Arthritis or tearing of the joints causes severe pain. Sleep apnea, which occurs when a person stops breathing while sleeping, causes heart problems. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and depression can also be caused by obesity or extra fat.

Lastly, countless Americans have become obese because of the numerous fast food chains we have developed. Also, as we all are familiar with, America tops the chart as the fattest country in the world. In my opinion, obesity continues to take over Americans and people need to help decrease this problem.

Some solutions to this problem might include diets or exercise. Certain diets that may help are the Jenny Craig diet, the South Beach diet, or body for life, and many others. Exercise varies in ways, and difficulties and does not take very long. To start off, do fifty sit-ups and 5 push-ups everyday, and maybe add in a light jog. A lot of people avoid exercise because they think that it takes too long and hard.

To conclude, obese people in America should pay attention and notice their obesity and do something about it. They need to notice obesity as a very dangerous health problem and deal with it right away. So, next time you think about eating a brownie or something fattening, think twice about what you ate that day and if you perform enough activity to burn it off. You do not want to become obese and risk your health or maybe even your life, do you?

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on Mar. 15 2010 at 5:57 pm
TheMaisinator BRONZE, Leeds, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
"Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination."
~Robert Fulghum

This is all very true, however I think if you were to do anything further with it, you might want to discuss genetics and other factors that may contribute to the disease like a thyroid problem or even an eating disorder. Sometimes exercise and dieting don't work because it's deeper than just eating a lot. Also you might want to put more emphasis on what you can do to avoid it too, it's touched upon but details in dieting and easy helpful exercises might make it seem less intimidating. You bring up a lot of good points though.

on Jan. 10 2010 at 3:01 pm
sillyaardvarkabc BRONZE, Riverside, Connecticut
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Good job, however, the word “fat” is an insult. People don’t want to hear that they are fat. Nor do they want to hear that they are hefty, bulky, weighty, or have an ample amount of fat, however, those words are more approved of in society.