“Every time someone sees a slimmed-down picture of me, it’s not because I felt the pressure of the girl next to me being size 2. It’s just making the choice for myself to be healthier, because I know that I’m less sick when I’m more active; I have more energy when I’m more active.”
This was the statement of American Idol alumnae Jordin Sparks when she talked about how her 30-pound weight loss was not just about fitting in Hollywood’s image for celebrities, but her health.
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From her statement alone, it is evident that Hollywood has its fair share of obese personalities and that even celebrities are not exempted from this sad fact plaguing countries all across the globe. In fact, everywhere you look nowadays, you will surely hear about famous personalities and their stories about being overweight or obese. And, majority of them think it’s bad. But, what does this word really mean?
The Definition of Obesity
When medical professionals tell you that you are obese, they are not trying to put you down. They are actually using a medical term to describe your weight. So, do not be offended.
Obesity is a medical condition, wherein too much body fat has been accumulated to the point that it brings negative effects to your health. For the Western people, you will be considered obese when your body mass index or BMI, a measurement taken by dividing the weight of a person by the square of his height, exceeds 30 kg/m2.
Over the past 25 years, the rate of people with obesity has been climbing steadily. According to the most recent survey conducted by the National Health and Nutrition Examination, 33 percent of men and 35 percent of women are classified as obese. Also, 16 percent of children and adolescents were found to be obese.
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