Obesity is the second most harmful conditions in the United States today. The growing issue is creating a lasting impression on individuals, communities, and even nation wide. Next to tobacco use, which is declining, obesity is the second most cause for deaths among adults under the age of seventy in the U.S. Obesity causes several health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea, gallstones, kidney stones, infertility, and as close as eleven types of cancers. Not only does it affect the health of the person, it affects their social and emotional feelings including discrimination, low quality in life, and the susceptibility to depression. Obesity also has an impact on the economy, the nation's productivity and even the national defense.
Recent studies have shown that these increases in extreme obesity rates are not specific to a certain population, but are rather an integral part of the weight distribution in the USA, and the more extreme the obesity, the higher the rate of growth . Thus, the public health concerns associated with this growth are of extreme importance given that those who are obese in any form are much more likely to suffer from obesity comorbidities including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, asthma, sleep apnea, and stroke. (Ginny Garcia, Ph.D. & Thankam S. Sunil, Ph.D. & Pedro
“More die in the United States of too much food than of too little” ― John Kenneth Galbraith Why are Americans getting bigger by the day? And what's so bad about that anyway? Studies have shown that there are many negative effects associated with obesity. Obesity has been accused of contributing to many long-term conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, diabetes and cancer (Pennybacker 15). Along with the fact that obesity is the most common form of malnutrition in the Western world, it also affects sixty-four percent of Americans (Pennybacker 15; Brownell 1).
The connection between these death rates and obesity are significant,this can end a person’s life; is unhealthy eating really worth dying for? Studies show that, “obese adults not only had higher rate of dying of all-cause or CVD-specific causes but also are dying earlier than normal-weight adults” (Borrell, Samuel, 2014, p. 518). Making healthier choices could prevent obesity and help to prolong your life. Not all people obtained obesity as adults but actually began getting t... ... middle of paper ... ...on, 2009, p. 19). When someone decides to continuously eat healthy, the effect is a healthier person.
Baum says that other causes of obesity like people quitting smoking and lacking regular exercise will keep obesity rates high even if the government puts regulations on food. However, having easier, healthy food and exercise choices could increase people’s healthy behaviors. In the article, “The Experts: What Role Should Government Play in Combating Obesity?” many experts discuss their thoughts on how much involvement the government should have in fighting obesity. Cassella states that the government sho... ... middle of paper ... ...lf. Although citizens themselves have to make the choice to have a healthier life, the government could give them the push they need to start living a healthy life.
I chose the topic of obesity, because many Pediatricians have been blamed for the lack of intervention in children and young adults, that they are responsible to educate the young and give advice to prevent obesity and the consequences it could have on their health. As time progresses, Americans, have had an increase in the amount people who are obese in the general population. The ways to deal with this issue has had varying points of view. Treatment of obesity is often debated whether what kind of treatment is best like: medical treatment, intervention, dieting, physical activity, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery. People also often question how obesity can be prevented.
Carmona also said, “This crisis is obesity. It’s the fastest-growing cause of disease and death in America. And it’s completely preventable” (“The Obesity Crisis…”). Despite Americans' knowledge about obesity they choose to lead a life that supports obesity. Since obesity is a choice, a national weigh in would let the patient know that they are able to change their lifestyle if they chose to before they are affected.
One thing is for sure, falling into obesity is easier than trying to get out of it. Obesity is one of the most dangerous health issues not only in the United States, but across the world. In my opinion our government should pay serious attention to how they plan to find solutions to this dilemma. The futures of those children rely on the help that we provide for them. If they aren’t being taken care of how can we expect to save other people with other types of issues?
They also argue that advertisements for junk food are factors that increase obesity. As persuasive as the advertisements can be and even with the help of the government, it is our decision to not eat healthy and end up in a state of obesity. Every individual is responsible
While caloric intake is just one way a person becomes obese, there are others such as alcoholism, lack of exercise, an under-active thyroid gland, stress and other factors. But for the most part, obesity is caused by excess calories and lack of exercise. (US NATL LIB MED) Obesity affects much more than the just the physical appearance of a person. There are several medical problems that can develop from a person being obese. Obesity increases the chance of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain cancer types and osteoarthritis.