The Weight of Traumatic Events

Many people will go through traumatic events in their life which will lead to stress and other mental illnesses which can cause the persons weight to fluctuate greatly. This could mean gaining or losing large amounts of weight in a short period of time which is unhealthy for most people to do.

As a child and young adults both Robert and Alleshia were very active. They both lived on farms and would have to pull their weight everyday to help. Robert also played hockey for years and would go fishing, hunting and other activities when he could before joining the military at nineteen. Alleshia was also a gymnast from a very young age and was very active with her sisters before becoming pregnant at the age of seventeen.

On average, every six out of ten men will go through a traumatic event and every five out of ten women will, but this doesn’t always lead to having PTSD, according to the national center for PTSD. About seven to eight percent of Americans will have PTSD at some point in their life.

In 2002, Robert had many family members pass away in a short amount of time, including his father, and this is around the time that he started to gain most of the weight going from around 260 to 360. In 2010, Alleshia lost custody of her two children suddenly and went through depression and lost around seventy pounds in a few, short months going from 175 to 110.

There are many scenarios when someone would be going through something traumatic and lose or gain large amounts of weight in a short amount of time. They may have lost a loved one or their home, anything that would lead to stress or other mental illnesses could affect weight gain or loss.

A healthy BMI is from 18.5 to 24.9 on average, overweight is 25 to 29.9, obese is anything above 30 and underweight is anything less than 18.4. About 33 percent of American adults are obese while only 2 percent are underweight. The number of Americans, adults and child, who are obese or overweight is increasing while ether number of people who are underweight is decreasing.

The number of Americans, adults and child, who are obese or overweight is increasing while ether number of people who are underweight is decreasing.

Both of these adults have worked on getting back to healthy weights in the right ways, but it can be very difficult sometimes. Alleshia also just had a surgery that ended up going wrong and she gained weight while being laid up and is now working on losing it. Robert has lost large amounts of the weight many times but ends up gaining it back eventually. Weight is a big problem in America even if the amount of people who are underweight is decreasing, the number of people who are overweight is increasing at a faster rate. Americans needs to find a healthy middle and have people keep up healthy life styles and working out. This isn’t so Americans can look great, but more so for the fact that many problems come from being over or underweight.

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