Thursday, January 12, 2017

*Obesity Has Been Increasing

In the article “Obesity Rates Fall In Four States” by Maggie Fox she talks about obesity and how the percentage rates have somewhat decreased in the past years but have also risen among certain groups. In Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio, the rates of obesity have decreased in the last year but Maggie says in the age group of 12 to 19 year old, the rates have started increasing and they say that at least 40 percent of high school students drink soda everyday.

This has a huge impact on them because sodas are high in sugar. The states should start taxing sodas or raising the prices because this is making kids health go down. They should have more water around, so kids can drink water not soda. It's so bad that these people are gaining weight at such a young age because as they grow they will struggle more with losing weight and if they don't lose weight as they are older there will be a higher risk for them getting heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease. So by them drinking soda this early they are putting their life on the path of a miserable death.

Maggie found evidence that if a person weighs 149 and is 5’5 with BMI (body mass index) of 24 their health is perfect but as soon as their BMI hits 25 they are considered overweight and if they weigh 180 pounds with a BMI of 30 they are considered obese. The numbers are very close to one another so to stay in the “healthy zone” you would have to carefully watch what you eat on a daily basis. This would mean cutting off most if not all sugary and greasy foods that are your everyday meals to stay in the perfect healthy zone.



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