The Obesity Epidemic in America

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Obesity among Americans has been a growing issue in the United States predominantly over the past decade. Many may argue American’s are obese because of poor food choices, over-eating, genetic disposition, lack of exercise, or the environment which one lives, while others blame it all on fast-food chains and restaurants. Throughout my research I have come to find a lot of facts and statistics about fast food consumption causing obesity. Statistics show that without a doubt the United States is the most obese country in the world. Since Americans typically live hectic lifestyles, fast food is a quick and easy way to grab a meal on the go. However, eating fast food frequently provides the body with high amounts of calories, sugars, saturated and trans fats, while lacking in vitamins and minerals. Overtime, eating fast food can take a toll on ones body and increase the risk of developing illnesses and diseases. These diseases include heart disease; type 2 diabetes, stroke, and cancer, breathing problems, arthritis and even reproductive complications. Candelaria states in her article, “Eating a Western diet with lots of processed or fried foods that can raise blood levels of “oxidized” cholesterol and could increase heart attack risk”. Since fast food contains a surprisingly high amount of sugars it can aid in causing type two diabetes, especially if eaten over long period of time. Diabetes may contribute to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease and blindness (Candelaria). Frequent consumption of processed, fatty foods may lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases, which may result in a stroke. Also, an obese person is associated with a higher prevalence of acquiring asthma as well ... ... middle of paper ... ...nsequences." Surgeon General. Surgeon General, n.d. Web. 21 Nov. 2013. . Sassi, Franco. "How U.S. Obesity Compares With Other Countries." PBS. PBS, 11 Apr. 2013. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2013/04/how-us-obesity-compares-with-other-countries.html Stanish, Janelle R. The Obesity Epidemic in America and the Responsibility of Big Food Manufacturers 2.11 (2012): 1. RSS. Student Pulse, 2010. Web. 16 Nov. 2013. http://www.studentpulse.com/articles/320/the-obesity-epidemic-in-america-and-the-responsibility-of-big-food-manufacturers Stein, Jeannine. "Wealthy Nations with a Lot of Fast Food: Destined to Be Obese?" Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2011. Web. 28 Nov. 2013. .

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