Obesity in America

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It is now common in America to see massively obese humans and it is also very rare to find healthy Americans. Surprisingly, America was the exact opposite 50 years ago. This is because of the evolution that has occurred in America’s food industry. Americans used to eat home-grown or local-grown foods and that is much different than the food now. The food now is a highly-processed, professionally-manufactured, and widely distributed chemically-engineered industrial product that is consumed on a regular basis. These food products have completely warped the American culture because of the health claims on the labels, the lower calorie and fat contents, and the great amount of vitamins they contain. Americans have been lead to believe that they are eating healthier than ever when in fact they are endangering their bodies and their livelihood. Thankfully, the rising cases of obesity can be reversed with a little effort. The majority of America’s population misunderstands food chemistry, misinterprets food labels, and in order to return again to a healthy country, Americans must research, understand, and act on these misunderstandings and misinterpretations.
The fact that America misunderstands food chemistry is evident in their statistics: “68 percent of adults and 32 percent of children are overweight or obese” (Arsenault 27). These statistics have overwhelmingly increased from the small percentages in 1990 (Arsenault 27). Many health doctors are trying to figure out why this number continually increases even though food options are becoming healthier. What these health doctors and many Americans do not realize is that these ‘healthier’ food options are quite harmful. This is because of the process that many grocery store...

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