Obesity and health
I have not had such an experience before, since I choose to eat healthy food most of the time. I take fast food once in a while, but it does not affect my weight negatively. I move from one place to the other on foot, unless the distance is too long to cover by walking or might take long enough to cost me important issues. I also jog early in the morning as a form of my daily exercise to maintain good health. The calories I take in once in a while are bound to be burnt down with the walking and jogging.
Yes, a male friend of mine from childhood has suffered from diabetes at the age of twenty years. Due to the absence of parental guidance, stress, and unhealthy eating habits, my friend simply ate junk food most of the time. His parents were rarely at home, and when they were, they were still too busy to listen to his problems. My friend resorted to taking large amounts of junk food as a way of dealing with his problems. The feeling of loneliness would never stop since the taking of large amounts of junk only increased his weight and never solved any of his problems.
Being obese may cause diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and cancer, among others (Medvedyuk, Ali, & Raphael, 2018). With the necessary equipment and doctors, most of these diseases can be treated. Just like Bruce Howlett, in the documentary “Super Size Me” whereby he undergoes a gastric bypass operation, the patients that suffer from obesity tend to go through numerous medications. The diseases that result from obesity require medical attention, hence the patients require medication (Meijnikman et al., 2018). The patients may seek medical attention for various reasons. Some face social stigma, while others are unable to conduct their normal daily activities just like Morgan Spurlock going through the experiment in the documentary; after taking junk food for a while, he has a problem breathing. Others go through the signs and symptoms of the diseases that come with obesity (Spurlock, 2018). Obesity should not be taken lightly because of the impact that it potentially have on the quality of life of the affected individuals.
From the year 2005 to 2010, was an increase in the obese cost per adult from 3070 to 3508 U.S dollars, an increase of 14.3 percent (Fryar, Carroll, & Ogden, 2018). In the same period, there was an increase in population in the United States from 212.4 to 315.8 million people, an increase of 48.7 percent. The increase in the population of the US also comes with an increase in the number of people suffering from obesity (Gregg & Shaw, 2017). Under the assumption that only the individuals over the age of eighteen are used in the estimation of total medical costs, it is true to say that there is an increase of 93.6 percent of the medical expenditure due to obesity.
Obesity has often been linked to the increase in the cost of healthcare. Obesity increases the vulnerability of individual to certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, cancer, and kidney complications. In one year, hemodialysis can cost up to $72,000 while peritoneal dialysis can cost up to $53,000. The need for dialysis in a country can be reduced significantly with the reduction of the number of obese individuals.
Fryar, C. D., Carroll, M. D., & Ogden, C. L. (2018). Prevalence of overweight, obesity, and severe obesity among adults aged 20 and over: United States, 1960–1962 through 2015–2016.
Gregg, E. W., & Shaw, J. E. (2017). Global health effects of overweight and obesity. N Engl J Med, 377(1), 80-81.
Medvedyuk, S., Ali, A., & Raphael, D. (2018). Ideology, obesity and the social determinants of health: a critical analysis of the obesity and health relationship. Critical Public Health, 28(5), 573-585.
Meijnikman, A. S., Gerdes, V. E., Nieuwdorp, M., & Herrema, H. (2018). Evaluating causality of gut microbiota in obesity and diabetes in humans. Endocrine reviews, 39(2), 133-153.
Spurlock, M. (Director). (2018). Super Size Me [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFSjR83kR5s