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).
In 1990 only 20-30% of Americans are classified obese, in the 2000 that rate increased up to 30%, by 2009 it passed up to 30-40% of the population. (e.g figure 1) This actually raise the question of “what factor causes it” that make America this way and how it impact the world; the consequences of having heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. In Fast Food Nation, “ In the United States people have become increasingly sedentary- driving to work instead of walking, performi... ... middle of paper ... ... people in America. Food play a big role as well, it can help prevent illness as well as stop the spread of obesity. Works Cited "Health Effects of Obesity."
There are many issues facing Americans today, but I believe that the most pressing issue is obesity. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of overweight American children and teens has more than doubled in the past decade (Ward-Smith). Two-thirds of the adults are either overweight or obese, and at least 300,000 Americans die each year from obesity related diseases (“America’s Obesity Crisis”). Type II diabetes is already reaching epidemic proportions among our youth, and we will soon have the first generation of Americans who are less healthy than their parents (Davis 2). Obesity has been officially recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association.
Obesity can affect people's health because it contributes to hypertension, diabetes, and depression which subsidies low self-esteem. Obesity is defined as having an excessive amount of body fat. It increases your risk of diseases and health problems such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Children are more likely to become obese whom they have parents in their homes suffering from obesity. According to Lankford (2007), research shows that children who are overweight or obese have a 90 percent chance of being overweight as an adult, and that's why experts say it's important to help children develop healthy habits as early as possible.
Communities across the country, recognizing obesity as an issue of serious public health concern, are looking for innovative ways to halt the increasing rate of obesity (Davis 260). The rising prevalence of childhood and adult obesity can be explained in part by changes in our environment over the last 30 years; in particular, the unlimited supply of convenient, highly palatable and energy-dense foods, coupled with a lifestyle typified by low physical activity (Farooqui 5-7). Childhood obesity in America is a growing epidemic--because of advertisement of fast food, lack of physical activities, and parental control--that has lasting psychological effects. As a little enlightenment on obesity, overweight and obesity result from an imbalance involving excessive calorie consumption and/or inadequate physical activity (Buchholz 5). The increases in overweight and obesity cut across all ages, racial and ethnic groups, and both genders.
This statistic is frightening. 300,000 people could still be alive if they watched what they ate. Because our society has unlimited amounts of food everyone feels the need to excessively eat. By overeating the public is creating even more problems for themselves. According to the article Obesity Risks, “The increased body weight itself causes problems that result in injury and diseases, including osteoarthritis and sleep apnea” (n.pg.).
Obesity: An Increasing Problem among Americans Obesity is a very common health problem in the U.S., and the number of people considered obese is forever increasing. More than 35.7% of U.S. adults are considered obese (“Adult Overweight”). The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism points out that “obesity is a chronic medical condition characterized by too much body fat” (Beeson, Hill, Wyatt). It is diagnosed by a number called the Body Mass Index or BMI. This number calculates the amount of body fat based on the person’s height and weight.
Did you know more than 35% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents ages 2 – 19 in the United States are considered Obese (Bucci 32). Obesity is a huge growing problem in not just the United States but everywhere that needs to be controlled. The U.S is the fattest country in the world with Mexico as a close second. Fast Food and Technology are some of the main reasons you usually think of when you think of causes of Obesity, but did you ever think that Parents and Family members have a huge part in the cause of Obesity? Family Influence can cause obesity in children by not eating healthy.
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.
How often do you actually eat a well balanced meal? If I had to guess not often, but you are thin so you believe that you are healthy. During the past forty to sixty years obesity has grown exponentially. In our country nearly one third of adults are considered obese. Obesity has become such a problem in our country because of our avoidance of exercise, cost healthy food, and the incorporation of numerous fast food chains across our nation.