posted on Jul, 28 2010 @ 07:52 AM
reply to post by endisnighe
Interesting take on it - Soylent Green - that thought disturbs me a little..
Back to the Term Obese or Obesity
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced
life expectancy and/or increased health problems. Body mass index (BMI), a measurement which compares weight and height, defines people as
overweight (pre-obese) when their BMI is between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2, and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m2.
Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types
of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories, lack of physical activity, and
genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or psychiatric illness. Evidence to
support the view that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is limited; on average obese people have a greater energy
expenditure than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.
The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise. To supplement this, or in case of failure, anti-obesity drugs may be taken to
reduce appetite or inhibit fat absorption. In severe cases, surgery is performed or an intragastric balloon is placed to reduce stomach volume and/or
bowel length, leading to earlier satiation and reduced ability to absorb nutrients from food.
Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing prevalence in adults and children, and authorities view it as one of the
most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Obesity is stigmatized in much of the the modern world (particularly in the Western
world), though it was widely perceived as a symbol of wealth and fertility at other times in history, and still is in some parts of the