obesity case in America is approaching 40 percent after holding around 34–35 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to data in The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2018.
We are living in this age where everything is easy to access. Order something online, and it will be delivered right in front of your doorstep.
For busy individuals, it is now easy to take away food or have it delivered too. Sad to say, most of this convenient easy to grab foods are unhealthy. No wonder obesity case in America is approaching 40 percent after holding around 34–35 percent between 2005 and 2012, according to data in The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America 2018.
Without thinking about it and continuously choosing something that harms the body, it can lead to cancer and various chronic health problems.
Obesity is a condition that can become a widespread condition. Obesity can be defined as “condition in which a person has an abnormally high and unhealthy proportion of body fat.” It is easy to evaluate the body mass thanks to the special body mass index (BMI).
BMI CAlculation using formula
Using the BMI formula (metric units)
- Multiply your height in meters (m) by itself
- Divide your weight in kilograms (kg) by your step 1 result
If your height is 180 cm and weight of 75 kg, first step needs to convert the height into meters. As there are 100cm in a meter, we divide our figure by 100. This gives us 1.8m.
BMI = 75 ÷ (1.8 × 1.8)
BMI = 75 ÷ 3.24
This gives us a BMI figure of 23.15.
Using the imperial BMI formula
- Multiply your height in inches (in) by itself
- Divide your weight in pounds (lbs) by your step 1 result
- Multiply the result from step 2 by 703.
If your height is 5ft 11 inches and weight of 155 pounds (lbs). Step one, convert the height into inches only. There are 12 inches in a foot, so we simply multiply the 5ft by 12 and then add the 11 inches. This gives us a total of 71 inches.
BMI = 703 × (155 ÷ (71 × 71))
We do the multiplication inside the brackets first:
BMI = 703 × (155 ÷ 5041)
BMI = 703 × 0.030747867
This gives us a BMI figure of 21.62.
This is a more precise measurement than just looking at the weight. The BMI guidelines are established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in categories such as:
|18.5 to 24.9||Normal|
|25.0 to 29.9||Overweight|
|30.0 and above||Obese1|
This refers to people who are at least 20 years old and older. Numerous researches and estimations prove that additional weight is linked to a higher possibility of having further health problems like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, etc. as well as more severe like stroke or cancer. It has also become a sad fact that obesity has increased the same as it increases within age.
It is also well estimated that obesity leads to increased risks of different cancer types:
- Endometrium (in the lining of the uterus)
Also, other types are possible and occur occasionally. With the rate of increased obesity, it is also estimated that by 2030 there will occur about 500,000 new cancer cases1 in the United States, only not even talking about other states. The research about obesity also found out that if BMI would be reduced by at least 1%, that is about 1 kg, it could prevent an increase of cancer and lower for about 100,000 cases.
It is not easy to explain the connection between obesity and cancer. Numerous findings are viewed as triggers, but at the same time, each case is different. Some of the reasons lead to the fact that fat comes with excessive estrogen level that is part of the risk of cancer. People with additional weight in many cases also have insulin resistance or hyperinsulinemia, and this is an environment that tumors like. Furthermore, fat cells also produce hormones called adipokines. They can lead to inhibiting the growth of the cells. Perhaps more complicated is the proved tumor growth due to the “mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and AMP-activated protein kinase.” Protein kinase happens when this particular kinase enzyme modifies other proteins. Obese people are also proved to have increased inflammation possibility, and that is associated with higher cancer risk too.
Obesity is easy to detach even without additional examination. We should all watch our weight. Numerous studies and tests have proved its link to cancer and other health problems.
 Obesity and Cancer Risk. Accessed from: http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/obesity/obesity-fact-sheetrel=” nofollow”