According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH), “In 2014, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 71.0 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.9 percent reported that they drank in the past month” (1). The theory being the functionalist perspective, which is the way in which the parts of a society are structured to maintain its stability. Alcohol consumption is associated with it because it plays a role in obesity. Being obese can cause a variety of long-term deadly diseases which lead to very expensive hospital bills that many of us today can’t afford to pay them off, due to income inequality. To begin with, According to the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, adolescents are in a vulnerable period, where they try to do new things such as smoking and consuming alcohol.
Up to 40 percent of normal weight people have the same metabolic dysfunction as those who are obese. So, 51 percent of the U.S. population is sick with metabolic dysfunction,” (Fed Up). Obesity has become an epidemic in America over the past thirty years. This is largely due to over consumption of foods with added sugars. Sugary foods contain a large amount of calories in a small amount of food.
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Introduction: One hundred and forty-seven billion dollars. This is the estimated cost of obesity in the United States (CDC, 2013). Today, obesity is on trend to being one of the biggest public health challenges since tobacco (Perry & Creamer, 2013). In 2010 33.7% of US adults and 17% of children aged 2-19 were considered obese (CDC, 2013). While obesity is rising at an exponential rate, there is disconnect between how society views and defines obesity and the actual medical costs and future health risks the disease holds (ACSM, 2010).
When it comes to obesity, a major problem is figuring out who should be focused on. Should America focus on ending obesity within children, adults, or both? One thing that obese people must put up with is being unhealthy, not just physically unhealthy, but mentally unhealthy as well. This unfortunate reality is present in all ages. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute did research on the health risks of being overweight and obese.
If current trends in the growth of obesity continue, total healthcare costs attributable to obesity could reach $861 to $957 billion by 2030, which would account for 16% to 18% of US health expenditures. Education is the key to solving our health care crisis. Children who eat from the national school lunch program are not receiving healthy foods. “Worldwide there are now more than 40 million overweight or obese children below the age of five” (Lang pg. 64).