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A review of the literature on the impact of obesity on physical, mental and emotional health.
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The paper reviews the literature to highlight the negative effects of obesity on an individual's physical, mental and emotional health. The paper examines a cross-sectional postal survey conducted by the Oxford Regional Health Authority
in England that found that obesity is related to poor health-related quality of life and aggravated by chronic illness. The paper concludes that professional and personal experiences reveal the seriousness of obesity on a person's body, mind and relationships with the outside world; a person's size has become the measure of his capability, dependability and personal worth, justly or not. The paper maintains that for its extensive effects, all legitimate measures must be taken to prevent or minimize it.

Review of Literature
Case Study and Observations

From the Paper:

"Findings of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System revealed that obese persons suffer from poorer quality of life than those with normal weight (Marcus, 2002). An obese person has a body mass index of 30 or more. The connection between obesity and poorer quality of life was found in all age group, both sexes and among Caucasians, African Americans and Hispanics. Other studies showed that quality of life was poorer among these individuals because of chronic health conditions. These health conditions include hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction and depression. Women are a higher risk than men. The more obese the person, the greater is the risk. And an obese woman with waist circumference greater than 40 inches or a man with 35 is at a high risk of developing the health conditions. Losing weight was also associated with improved vitality and physical functioning, according to a recent prospective study. Studies also found that women, who were 65 years old and older, who gained weight, had poorer physical functioning (Marcus). A postal survey conducted by the old Oxford Regional Health of England among almost 14,000 select obese adults 18-64 years old correlated obesity with lower general health status than those who were not obese (Doll et al, 2000)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Doll, H. a., et al (2000). Obesity and physical and emotional well-being. 8: 160-170 Obesity Research: The Obesity Society. Retrieved on April 11, 2010 fromhttp://www.nature.com/oby/journal/v8/n2/full/oby2
  • Marcus, M. D. (2002). Effects of obesity on the quality of life. Chapter 14, CME Directory: Continuing Medical Education. Retrieved on April 11, 2010 on http://www.endotext.org/obesity/obesity14/obesity14.htm
  • Pawlik-Kienlen, L. (2007). How obesity affects mental and emotional health. Suite 101.com. Retrieved on April 14, 2010 from http://psychology.suite101.com/article.cfm/mental_health_effects_of_obesity
  • Telford, R. D. (2007). Low physical activity and obesity: causes of chronic disease orsimply predictors? 39 (8): 1233-1240 Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise:American College of Sports Medicine. Retrieved on April 11, 2010 fromhttp://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/561334
  • Wille, N., et al (2008). The impact of overweight and obesity on health-related qualityof life in childhood. 8: 421 BMC Public Health: BioMed Central, Ltd. Retrievedon April 11, 2010 from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/8/421

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