PUBH-100: Global Issues in Public Health

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Genetics | Human and Clinical Nutrition | Other Cell and Developmental Biology | Other Food Science | Other Nutrition | Public Health

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Obesity is a worldwide issue that can be defined as a non-communicable condition which means that it is non-infectious and non-transmissible and it is defined as having a BMI over 30 even though BMI doesn’t account for the person’s muscle mass which causes some athletes to be considered obese just because they weigh a lot for their height. Diagnosing obesity can be a long process which includes a health history being taken, a general physical exam, calculation of BMI, and measuring waist circumference. Diagnosis of obesity also involves checking for problems such as high blood pressure, variation of cholesterol levels and high levels of triglycerides because all of those things could have an impact on the risk of obesity. If it appears as though the person may have a high BMI, because there are a lot of tests that could be done in order to check if the person is at risk of being obese other than just the BMI. Being obese puts people at a higher risk for certain diseases that are listed in a graphic in the full article. There are 774,000,000 people who are obese in the world, in the article there is a graph that shows the demographics of the people who are obese around the world. There is also mention of a prevention program called ADOPT. ADOPT is for accumulating data in order to predict the obesity treatment that a specific person would need in order to reach their goal of not being obese. The objective of ADOPT is to better understand the factors that contribute to the individuality to the obesity treatment.

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