For the past thirty years or so, Americans have had less and less time in their lives to exercise and have had more and more things added to their lives to keep them more and more sedentary. When a lack of exercise is combined with the massive portions commonly found at all restaurants, it is no surprise that the girths of Americans on average have expanded considering.
In more recent years, the obesity rate has exploded just as much as American's girth. On time sensitive maps of the United States, over the years they have had to create new colors to display the rates of obesity present in the population. The obesity rate has reached the point now that it is being called an epidemic.
Obesity, including morbid obesity, is proliferating rapidly in the United States. There were over 3.8 million people in the United States that tipped the scales over 300 pounds. In addition, more than 400,000 people who are mostly males tip the scales over 400 pounds. Now, the weight of an average adult female is an unprecedented, and somewhat appalling, 163 pounds.
Until recent years, the most critical and also powerful statistics on obesity have been kicked out of publication by the most faithful keepers of the public health record, the Centers for Disease Control or CDC. Recently, the numbers and statistics released by the CDC, even the more polite Body Mass Index (BMI), have shown an appalling level of obesity in the country.
While the causes of obesity are various, the effects are much more restricted. On top of leading to heart problems later in life, obesity can result in worn out joints resulting in surgery at a much younger age. In addition, diabetes can also result from obesity.
A wide variety of the health effects from obesity can contribute to disabilities. Diabetes can result in amputations of limbs and blindness. In addition, being obese can lead to disability all on its own. The disease, when one reaches a certain threshold, can make even the most simple tasks too difficult or even impossible. Walking can become impossible and confine a person to a wheelchair. In addition, some people can not even get out of their homes due to the doors not being wide enough.
When the most simple of things in life become a chore that makes working outside of the home far too difficult or impossible, a person may be eligible for disability payments.