With multiple factors increasing weight gain, and few factors stopping weight gain, the health of America is quickly going down the drain. Obesity is considered a chronic disease in which the body holds an excessive amount of fat that can potentially cause harmful effects on the body. These negative effects include a multitude of diseases including: heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea; the list continues for pages. Obesity is considered to be the leading preventable cause of death in America. Prevent means to stop something from happening.
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.
When someone decides to continuously eat healthy, the effect is a healthier person. Being healthy is extremely important when trying to prevent obesity, but it can be prevented. People need to be aware of the rise in obesity and do more in their lives to help prevent it from becoming an epidemic. It would be hard to imagine walking in public and seeing almost all Americans looking disturbingly, obese because of their poor diet and exercise choices; poor choices will result in a dreadful and unwanted outcome. Works Cited Borrell, Luisa & Samuel, Lalitha.
The book Overweight America concludes that obesity wouldn’t be such a problem if people would burn off the calories that they ate. Overweight America states that fewer calories are being burned then ever before, and bad eating habits are happening everywhere mostly because there is high-calorie food waiting to be sold and healthy food is more expensive. Access to healthy food is limited in some communities; for example, Africa. According to Obesity; opposing viewpoints obesity is way higher in lower class homes and communities then higher-class communities. Access to gyms, community centers or safe playgrounds can also have an effect on obesity.
Today, as values of living continue to boost, weight increase and obesity are posing a rising threat to certain well-beings in countries all over the world. Obesity, now confirmed as a nationwide endemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is likely to get worse and amplify over time. “The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese” (Obesity: in Statistics, 2008, 2nd Statement). It is definite that most kids are inclined to eat junk food, and it is certain that most kids will become overweight as adults. About 15% of children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years are overweight, which is an increase of 4% from the 1988-1994 NHANES study” (Chatterjee, Blakely, & Barton, 2005, p. 24).
You are considered obese by the American Medical Association, if 30% of your body weight is fat. . Obesity occurs when a person has a greater calorie intake than he or she burns during that day. Dr. Mary Ferguson believes that "doctors need to encourage greater weight loss in obese patients due to the fact that obese people are twice as likely to die from such health conditions as heart disease, strokes, cancer, gallbladder disease and diabetes. Dr. Ferguson also stated that the average number of deaths a year caused by obesity is 324,940 in the USA.
There is a book called Understanding Obesity that says that the reason we need to be concerned is that excess weight is the cause of more illness than virtually any other medical condition. So this means that Obesity is a massive problem that affects the health of people. According to a web page Obesity causes 30,000 deaths a year, this is a big number for death and is literary caused because of the food. Obesity is a huge problem in the United States, Americans are grossly overweight, not only adults but also children. There are many causes for this, for example genetics, lack of exercise and food calories; obesity negatively affects our body in many ways causing health problems, people can reduce obesity by weight-loss surgery.
People over 65 years old are getting Medicaid, and children are getting Medicare. However, many adults who are of working age are do not have health insurance. This rising cost of obesity is depressing people. No matter who will be suffering and who is suffering from obesity, it will be the nation lost; insurance companies have to pay the cost of treatment. Residents of the United States will continue to face obstacles, “If obesity continues to increase on its historical trajectory, more than 44 percent of Americans would be obese by 2030,” reported Johnson.
Over time, if they continue this, they will develop health problems. Most Americans can not change their diets overnight, but with more knowledge about trans fat, this can be a revelation to people to slowly eat healthier and be healthier. It is time for change in America. Trans fat helps contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle by causing people to pay more to not be sick. In 2008, “medical cost for obesity was nearly $150 billion dollars”, which can be avoided if people try... ... middle of paper ... ...g in Adults, Study Finds."
Recent research done by The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) showed that more than 64% of the US adult population is overweight (BMI >25 and <30 kg/m²); and approximately 31% of American adults are obese (BMI >30) (Obesity, 2008). This result has got people afraid of what would happen in the future if people don’t change their habits. An excessive storage of fat due to lack of physical activity and high calorie intake that often leads to other diseases is known as obesity. Obesity is an escalating problem, because people consume more calories and aren’t physically active; this could result in health problems, yet people can resolve this issue by consuming a healthy diet and regularly exercising, or consulting a doctor for medication or surgery if other solutions weren’t effective. People are consuming too many calories and aren’t physically active, because of changed lifestyles and technology advancement, in the last 20 years.