Obesity Is The Second Leading Cause Of Preventable Deaths

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Today, in the United States, more than two-thirds of the entire population is overweight. This being said, about two hundred and eleven million people are unhealthy by choice. Contrary to popular belief, being overweight and being obese are not the same. By definition, one is considered obese by having too much body fat, and considered overweight by simply weighing too much. An adult with a body mass index of 25.0-29.9 is considered overweight and considered obese with a BMI of 30 or higher (Alberti et al., 2009). Every year around three hundred thousand deaths occur in relation to obesity. According to the Virginia Health Statistic Center, obesity is the second leading cause of preventable deaths. The rising obesity epidemic is also decreasing life expectancy, and according to Nanci Hellmich, “If the researchers ' predictions hold true in the next 50 years, it would be the first reversal in life expectancy since the government started keeping track in 1900” (1). Obesity, caused by many factors, destroys lives and decreases ones life expectancy, but can easily be prevented through a few simple steps. Besides genetics, one of the biggest factors that causes obesity is the cost of food. Hojjat claims that, “Retail price of fresh fruit and vegetables increased 120 percent while the price of fats and oils increased by 38 percent from 1985-2000” (2). People make unhealthy choices because it is cheaper and easier. In todays economy, no one is going to pay extra to eat something that doesn’t taste as good as the cheaper option. Schools even cut back on the quality of their lunches to reduce the cost, which is leading to obesity in children. Restaurants are also to blame for the weight gain of the American population. The portion size... ... middle of paper ... ...ght to be active, they will continue to be for the rest of their lives. The mindset of Americans needs to be altered to not want to be lazy and watch television or surf the internet, but to be active. It is said that it only takes twenty-one days to create a habit. If people took just twenty-one days to exercise and eat healthy, it would become a lifestyle. Death related to obesity is one hundred percent preventable, so why is there not more action being taken to prevent these deaths? The healthier someone is, the higher standard of living they have. Not only do these solutions prevent death, but they also increase the standard of living in the US. These solutions do not require an unrealistic budget, but they do require a change in the lifestyle of Americans. With a few simple necessary changes, the people of the United States will no longer suffer from obesity.

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