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Nowadays, obesity is a major health crisis American that people have issues with. There are some factors cause obesity such as consuming too much junk food and having bigger portions than their body needs “American adults eat an average of 500-800 calories per day more than their body needed” (Marks). Genetics has a role and can cause some people to be obese but environment and behavior have influence also. For instance sleep deprivation, and lack of physical activity. People choose spending spare time in front of a television or a computer and do not use their time to exercise.
Food advertisements, soft drinks, the growth of fast food restaurants, and the increase in portion sizes at cheaper prices are the changes that negatively influence the United States in term of health problems. Over the past few decades, obesity has been the main nutritional problem and has become one of the most critical health concerns in America. According to recent statistics, approximately one third of American adults are obese in which they have a body mass index (BMI which can be calculated as an individual’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters) of 30 or higher. Obesity does not only shorten people’s life expectancy in the future, but also burdens the national medical spending which is nearly $147 billion every year. Around the world, over one billion adults and more than 10% of children are considered to obese.
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Modern families are always on the go, so they are stuck eating unhealthy fast food. Overweight children are much more likely to become overweight adults, unless they adopt and maintain healthier patterns of eating and exercise. But unlike other public health challenges such as tobacco use and seatbelts, there is no single cause or solution to turn to. There are many individual, environmental, and community factors, as well as state and federal policies that contribute to obesity. Many people do not believe there is a problem with be... ... middle of paper ... ... K. Matyka.
In 1990 only 20-30% of Americans are classified obese, in the 2000 that rate increased up to 30%, by 2009 it passed up to 30-40% of the population. (e.g figure 1) This actually raise the question of “what factor causes it” that make America this way and how it impact the world; the consequences of having heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. In Fast Food Nation, “ In the United States people have become increasingly sedentary- driving to work instead of walking, performi... ... middle of paper ... ... people in America. Food play a big role as well, it can help prevent illness as well as stop the spread of obesity. Works Cited "Health Effects of Obesity."
In the United States, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable deaths and is viewed as one of the most serious health problems facing children today (Staff). It is up for debate about who is to blame for this issue.Throughout the years, obesity has become an epidemic, and something needs to be done to change this. Attitudes towards those who are overweight have changed dramatically throughout the years. When food was scarce, having a bit of extra meat on one’s bones showed wealth and good health. On the other hand, when food was abundant, being slim was generally favored by fashion.
Compared to other countries in the world the United States is far behind in terms of a the healthiness of its diet, it is ranked number thirty-three, which is terrible for U.S. standards (Bloomberg.com). The world renowned "you are what you eat", has been thrown around from generation to generation. If that saying is truly the case, then Americans would appear to be unhealthy, considering we consume a higher amount of artificial sweeteners, processed foods, and fast foods than any other country. Americans may believe that they are engaging in a nutritiously sufficient diet, however they are sadly mistaken. “Today, there are more overweight Americans than ever,” according to the National Institutes of Health one in every three Americans is obese.