Obesity; Opposing viewpoints mentions that the rates of obesity are skyrocketing every year the prevalence of women are 50% more then they are in men. For the world to stop obesity they would have to know the causes and factors of obesity, the negative effects, and how to prevent obesity. There are many reasons why obesity is such a big problem in the world today. Even though food looks good and tastes good, does not mean it is healthy for you. The book Overweight America concludes that obesity wouldn’t be such a problem if people would burn off the calories that they ate.
For example, 50% of non-Hispanic black women are obese. Many researchers believe that the trend in obesity as a lot to do with cultural, economic, and environmental factors. Simply stated I think it can be attributed to genetics, portion size as well as food available and cost, and laziness. Obesity can run in your family. For instance, if one of your parents is obese you are three times more likely to become obese than if you had parents of a healthy weight.
Obesity also has an impact on the economy, the nation's productivity and even the national defense. It is estimated that one hundred ninety billion dollars was spent on health services for the obese in the year 2005, and is expected to double each year. Loss of work days, high... ... middle of paper ... ...g, biking, and sports are ways to get moving while having fun. It is suggested to get at least twenty to thirty minutes of exercise a day, followed by five to ten minutes of stretching. By being physically fit, it helps maintain a healthy weight, build strong bones, and prevent health problems.
The government can also stop the world from being obese by closing all fast food restaurants. Globally , there are more than 1 billion overweight adults , at least 300 million of them are obese. Obesity can be prevented by less calorie intake and more physical activity.Obesity is a complex condition , with serious social and psychological dimensions affecting all ages. Besides getting fatter we are also developing more metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes , This is marked by hormonal abnormalities in the processing and storage of nutrients. Type two diabetes is now commonly found in more children as young as eight.
Ten (10%) of weight lost can... ... middle of paper ... ... obesity also causes unhealthy eating habits and death. Many people in the United States don’t know that obesity is on the rise and that weight gain comes from eating too much fast food. Fast food may taste but they are bad for you. The reason I chose obesity is that obesity runs in my family and just recently my cousin died from obesity which caused other health problems. I look at myself and wonder what’s going to happen to me if I don’t get the weight off.
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.
It was stated in one article that a healthy diet is “also a real barrier for some low-income families, for whom it would translate to about an extra $550 a year” (1:/mkq4fuv). There are so many problems today with obesity rates rising, food insecure college students, and the lack of support from the government to help achieve lowering the cost of health foods that something needs to be done. This country is not going to get any healthier, or happier, if things do not change soon. DATA SECTION OBESITY RATES ARE RISING As seen from day to day, obesity is quickly becoming a normal part of society instead of a concern. Children today are considerably getting unhealthier with every day that passes by.
Millions of Americans and people worldwide are overweight or obese. Obesity develops when “calories consumed exceeds calories expended” (“Obesity and Genetics”). “Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970’s,” and in the present day it is estimated that “two – thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese” (Ogden). Being overweight or obese highly increases the risk of deadly health problems, therefore this statistic states that the majority of the United States population is at risk of obtaining life–threatening diseases. Around forty years ago obesity would not effect this abundant number of people; however today’s society consumes more fast food in addition to spending most of their hours doing sedentary activities (Green).
The realization of this important link is the first step in finding a solution to the growing epidemic of child obesity. A person is considered obese or suffering from obesity when their weight is 20 percent (25 % in women) or more over the maximum desirable weight for their height. When a person is more than 100 pounds overweight, it is considered to be a potentially fatal condition, also known as morbid obesity. Rates of obesity are climbing, the percentage of children and young adolescents who are obese have doubled in the last twenty years. Obesity increases a person’s risk of numerous illnesses and death due to diabetes, stroke, coronary artery disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, and kidney and gallbladder disorders.
Obese individuals constitute nearly thirty percent of the population. They are more susceptible to disease and death than those of normal weight. Obesity can be considered deviant due to its societal reaction. Obesity is visibly deviant, therefore, making it easier for the labeling process to occur. Once the obese person has been labeled, he or she is deviant.