Obesity: An Epidemic

analytical Essay
1526 words
1526 words

Obesity is a medical condition that affects children, teenagers and adults, and in recent years has caused many disorders that are potentially life-threating. All individuals consist of fat in their body, but sometimes body can store more fat than needed in the body due to a disorder or excessive eating, therefore they would be classified as obese. According to Professor Jane Wardle, obesity rates started to rise soon after 1984 and she explained that it steadily raised under one percentage a year. Furthermore, obesity is believed to be a started from America, as throughout WW2, the world witnessed America dominate with new powers and develop new technology. This technology started to replace physical effort in both work and leisure. This reduced the amount of energy that was spent and a prime contributor was the creation of fast foods, which increased the amount of energy intake creating an energy imbalance. Subsequently, the list of contributing factors grew larger, whether that was the mass production and use of cars, the introduction of microwaves or the birth of strategic advertisements. Not to mention, children born during the technological boom grew attached and adapted to technology. Today teens’ food choices are an outcome of social influences, which are leading to an escalation of obesity rates, thereby creating an unhealthy lifestyle. This paper will discuss the three main factors contributing to the epidemic obesity. The factors being the changed food eating ways over the years, advancements in technology and lastly strategic advertisements. Firstly, the food eating habits have evolved, fast foods have taken over fresh and healthy foods. Not to mention, fast food making processes are very unhealthy and the habit of... ... middle of paper ... ...usiness Education (2011): 1-25. Http:// American Journal of Business Education, Jan. 2011. Web. 29 Oct. 2013. "Sugar." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 20 Nov. 2013. . Thompson, Derek. "The Atlantic." The Atlantic. N.p., 8 Mar. 2013. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. . University, YALE, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Fast food FACTS. Fast Food Facts – Home. YALE Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, June-July 2012. Web. 29Oct. 2013. "What is Childhood Obesity?." What is Childhood Obesity ?. Child Obesity Foundation, n.d. Web. 4 Dec. 2013. .

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that obesity is a medical condition that affects children, teenagers and adults, and in recent years has caused many disorders that are potentially life-threatening.
  • Explains that fast food has taken over fresh and healthy foods, and microwaves contribute to unhealthy lifestyles. fast-food has caused many life-threatening and long-lasting disorders/diseases, such as type ii diabetes, alzheimer’s and the risk of cancer.
  • Explains that microwaves replaced physical effort and saved time, removing the need to stay fit in a fast-paced generation. fast-food is cheap, therefore, affordable by the majority.
  • Explains that technology has changed and affected teens' lives significantly through the lack of exercise and fitness due to ease of access to technology.
  • Argues that technology is replacing humans' physical requirement with leisure and entertainment, thus abolishing the necessity to stay fit.
  • Analyzes how fast food advertisements encourage unhealthy lifestyles by influencing teens' social experiences and lack of access to healthy foods. time magazine emphasized on the dangers of advertisements that manipulate children and teens with giveaways.
  • States silverstone, susan, and jim teatum, "technology: the problem or the solution to childhood obesity." american journal of business education.
  • Concludes that obesity is a human-made epidemic that has been fueled by human wants for an easier, work-free world.
  • Summarizes galea's article, "overweight and underactive." canadian reference centre. good vs. bad cholesterol. american heart association.
  • Cites thompson, derek, and robert wood johnson foundation. fast food facts – home. yale rudd center for food policy & obesity.
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