Today, as values of living continue to boost, weight increase and obesity are posing a rising threat to certain well-beings in countries all over the world. Obesity, now confirmed as a nationwide endemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is likely to get worse and amplify over time. “The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese” (Obesity: in Statistics, 2008, 2nd Statement). It is definite that most kids are inclined to eat junk food, and it is certain that most kids will become overweight as adults. About 15% of children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years are overweight, which is an increase of 4% from the 1988-1994 NHANES study” (Chatterjee, Blakely, & Barton, 2005, p. 24).
Have you ever been called fat or obese? If not, chances are you are not one of the 12.5 million children who are labeled as obese in the United States of America (CDC.gov, Overweight and Obesity). Over the past few decades, obesity and unhealthy living habits have increased, creating a nationwide epidemic of disease (such as diabetes and heart problems) and extremely high medical costs. Obesity is defined as having too much body fat ( nlm.nih.gov, MedlinePlus, Obesity). Over time, as people eat more calories than they use, the unnecessary calories build up the fat in your body.
Children who are overweight are 10x more likely to become overweight adults unless they change their eating habits and exercise. (“Childhood Obesity. Pg 1). 30% of adult obesity begins in childhood, it is also said obesity is the cause of 300,000 deaths a year and cost society an estimated $100 billion a year. Today, about one third of American’s children and teens are considered to be overweight or obese, it has nearly tripled in size since 1963 (“Childhood Obesity”.
Due to the epidemic rise in obesity among Americans, the NEH needs to fund education regarding portion sizes and obesity. Obesity is defined by the World Book as the condition of having an excessive amount of body fat. It results from an energy imbalance in which an individual consumes more calories in food and drinks than they can burn. Obesity is a widespread concern that affects the vast majority of Americans. People are considered to be overweight if their body-mass index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9 and obese if their BMI is higher than 30 (Reinberg).
“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little” ― John Kenneth Galbraith Why are Americans getting bigger by the day? And what's so bad about that anyway? Studies have shown that there are many negative effects associated with obesity. Obesity has been accused of contributing to many long-term conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, diabetes and cancer (Pennybacker 15). Along with the fact that obesity is the most common form of malnutrition in the Western world, it also affects sixty-four percent of Americans (Pennybacker 15; Brownell 1).
Obesity is becoming more prevalent in our youth. Among six to eleven year olds the obesity rate rose from seven percent to eighteen percent between 1980 and 2013. Among twelve to nineteen year olds the obesity rate rose from five to almost twenty one percent in the same time period ("Childhood Obesity Facts") The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended ("Obesity and Overweight” World Health Organization). There has been a marked increase in sugar content in the average American diet. Most processed foods are high in sugar con... ... middle of paper ... ...nization, n.d.
Obesity in America America is one of the most obese countries in the world and the reasons are quite obvious. Just take a look around you. There is a fast food chain restaurant at every block. Obesity continues to be a major problem. Between the years 1980 and 2000, the obesity rate nearly doubled among the adults in the United States.
For most people, the phrase , “you are what you eat”, rings more than just a few bells. In a growing visually appeasing society it may come as a surprise however that most Americans are overweight and that poor diet/obesity is a leading cause of death in our country. There are many ways that Americans try and attack this problem, the most common being dieting and exercise. Yet with all the money spent yearly on diet programs and personalized fitness regimens, Americans still top off the list in percentage of adults that are overweight. As of 2010, more than one third of all Americans were overweight and that number continues to climb at an alarming rate.
There is an alarming rise in childhood obesity throughout the United States, making it an epidemic in our country. Obesity has become a threat to the health of many children. Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to nearly 21% over the same period.
If the problem is not tackled appropriately this will rob many nations of a generation of potentially intelligent, talented citizens and future leaders. Obesity is defined as “the accumulation of abnormal or excessive fat that will later on present risks in the child’s adult life.” Childhood obesity is one of the major lifestyle issues in modern society. It has tripled since the 1980s due to the increasingly sedentary lifestyle of children. According to a research study carried out by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2010 a third of the worlds’ children and adolescents are overweight. A staggering 42 million adolescents are obese, 35 million of which are found in developed countries.