Week Two: Dr Jones Speaks on Obesity –Why are we obese and what can we do about it?

Summer fun continues with the Summer Service Partnership! The theme of week two was obesity. Here’s my post from http://www.summerservicepartnership.com, summarizing the lecture I gave to the students. My “how to stay healthy” summary? Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink water, and move!!!

Summer Service Partnership

This is obesity week for the Summer Service Partnership. This post summarizes the lecture I gave on obesity at the start of the day.

We began by learning about the body mass index, or BMI. It shows how big you are compared to how tall you are.

Healthy is a ratio of weight over square root of height of 18-24. Overweight is 25-29. Obese is a BMI over 30.

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Students had a chance to find their own BMI on a chart, matching their height (in the left column) with their weight (in the top row) and mapping it onto their BMI.

Sadly, more and more Americans are obese.

Over the past three decades, America has faced an obesity epidemic. Today, there is not a single state in which less than one in five people are obese. To rephrase–every single state now has at least one in five of its citizens obese…

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