Essay Obesity And Type II Diabetes

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Obesity and Type II Diabetes

Obesity in the United States has now become the number one cause of preventable death in our county and for the first time in the history of the world, obesity has claimed more lives than malnutrition. Within the past 20 years we have witnessed a dramatic increase in obesity related diseases, however, the increase of obesity related Type II Diabetes in the adolescent population seems to be at the forefront of the obesity epidemic. Adolescent Type II Diabetes was unheard of before 1980, but from 1990 to 2010 our nation witnessed an unprecedented amount of new diagnosis in the adolescent population. Obesity defined is the state of being well above one’s normal weight. A condition that is characterized by excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body and is typically indicated by a body mass index of 30 or greater. Body Mass Index is a value derived from the mass and height of an individual. Obesity usually results from a combination of several factors: Genetics, family lifestyle, social economic class, inactivity, and unhealthy diet. Type II Diabetes is most associated with obesity. In Type II Diabetes the pancreas produces too much insulin, which is needed to move the glucose from the bloodstream into our cells for fuel. The difference between Type I and Type II Diabetes is that in Type I the pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin.
Within the past thirty years we have seen a dramatic increase in obesity and along with…

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