Persuasive Essay On Obesity

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“Eat this and never gain weight!” Advertisements like these may pop up on your computer screen once in awhile. While most people may know that this is not true, there is a reason for such advertisements to even exist. Americans constantly want to lose weight, knowing that obesity is a problem in this country. People are influenced by the slim-bodied models on covers of magazines, thinking that this is what they need to look like. In an attempt to achieve this “ideal” body, people go on a diet, though not necessarily in a healthy way. Teenagers are especially prone to unhealthy dieting because of the changes that they are going through, both physically and mentally. They are also more heavily influenced by peers and the media, more so than the…show more content…
There are many different “myths” to what causes excessive weight gain. Some believe that weight gain is caused by chemicals in the environment, such as “endocrine disruptors” (Dieting). They include chemicals “such as phthalates, PCBs, and Bisphenol A, [which] are widely used in consumer products and [are] pervasive in the environment” (Dieting). There has been a recent study that showed that animals living in the human environment got fatter than animals that live in the wild because they were exposed to endocrine disruptors (Dieting). These chemicals disrupt with the “[regulation of] many of the body 's functions, such as growth, development, behavior, and maturation” (Endocrine Disruptors), thus also affecting the body’s metabolism and leading to obesity (Dieting). The most common belief in the cause of weight gain is the “Calorie-in/calorie-out” theory, also known as the “energy balance” (Dieting). It is based on simple physics; if you take in more calories than you burn, or take out, then it will result in a weight gain (Dieting). This can be problematic for many people because they do not favor exercise, which leads them to think that they need to limit the amount of food to eat. This can often get to extremes such as skipping whole meals for consecutive

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