Obesity in America

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One of the most commonly discussed issues of America in the last few decades has been obesity. It remains one of the biggest problems in American society and requires a careful, systematic but also immediate solution. Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is much greater than what is considered healthy. Today, 65% of adults in the U.S. are overweight and half of those are obese. The rates for children are smaller but they are not satisfying either: 15% are overweight and another 15% are headed that way (Lemonick). Besides the aesthetic problems for many people that this condition creates, it is most importantly known as the main cause of serious health problems as well.

There are many causes that contribute to these high rates of obesity. The most serious one is the modern, fast way of life. Adults in America today, especially the ones who live in big cities, are lacking free time (Schor) and as a result they are not able to prepare the good old home-made meals as often as they used to. Instead, they prefer eating ready made food or at least make sure that their freezer has enough room for microwave-ready meals. Food of this kind is known for its poor nutritious value but also for the great amount of calories it offers.

Another cause of obesity is the side effects of the evolution of technology. People depend more and more on technology in order to complete many of their daily tasks: they drive almost everywhere, they rely on home appliances to do work related to their homes, they spend many hours on a monthly basis in front of their computers and TV sets, etc. This dependence on technology affects in a negative way the physical fitness of Americans, since they do not exercise or get physically active as much a...

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Lemonick, Michael D. “How We Grew So Big.” 7 June 2004. Time Online Edition. 4 Apr. 2008.

Schor, Juliet B. “ The Overworked American.” 1991. Kunz Center Book Reviews. 4 Apr. 2008. < http://users.ipfw.edu/ruflethe/american.html>

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United States. National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Obesity Education Initiative. September 1998. 4 Apr. 2008.

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