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The Obesity Epidemic: A Lack of Self-Control According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “More than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese” (“Adult Obesity”, 2014). Considering the wide amounts of freedom and choices that American citizens have, this number is startling. Americans have gone from being some of the most productive, hard-working people in the world, to ignorant, lazy citizens who take what they have for granted. It is simply shocking to look at a nation with the amounts of opportunity present in the United States, and see how lazy its’ people really are. Many families would rather spend twenty five dollars on a couple value meals at a fast food chain rather than take thirty minutes to prepare a healthy, cheaper meal. Instead, Americans criminalize fast food corporations, for “making them obese”. Simply put, American citizens need to take responsibility for their everyday actions, leading them down a path of obesity, and stop blaming the fast food industry, the government, and their “lack of time”. First of all, consumers have an option of what they would like to eat; McDonalds does not have customers tied up to poles, forcing Big Macs and McNuggets into their mouths; in fact, there is no one forcing people to eat any fast food at all. The consumption of fast food products is purely a choice. Those trying to avoid unhealthy choices on a fast food menu are lead to believe that the only alternative to unhealthy fast food is organic food. However, there are more than just two different choices when it comes to food. There are alternatives to the unhealthy items being purchased from fast food restaurants. Anything from peanut butter sandwiches to canned beans are cheaper, healthier alternative... ... middle of paper ... ...ernment, and a lack of time, and take accountability for their unhealthy addictions. There are healthy alternatives to the fat-filled hamburger, still at a minimal price. Also, People can save money and eat healthier by preparing home cooked meals. Lastly, citizens must maintain a minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity a day. “According to the surgeon general, obesity today is officially an epidemic; it is arguably the most pressing public health problem” (Pollan, 2010, pg.1). It is unbelievable to think that in a country as advanced as The United States of America, people becoming obese are one of the most pressing health issues. There are so many other serious diseases that Americans could focus on if they stepped up and finally ended obesity. As a country, Americans must reel in their self control, and take back their normal, physically active lifestyles.


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