The Obesity Epidemic in the United States

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Compared to other countries in the world the United States is far behind in terms of a the healthiness of its diet, it is ranked number thirty-three, which is terrible for U.S. standards (Bloomberg.com). The world renowned "you are what you eat", has been thrown around from generation to generation. If that saying is truly the case, then Americans would appear to be unhealthy, considering we consume a higher amount of artificial sweeteners, processed foods, and fast foods than any other country. Americans may believe that they are engaging in a nutritiously sufficient diet, however they are sadly mistaken. “Today, there are more overweight Americans than ever,” according to the National Institutes of Health one in every three Americans is obese. With 60 million of obese citizens being adults, 30 percent of the population is setting a horrible example for today’s youth. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated, “ childhood obesity has doubled in children has tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.” They also said the average weight for a 10 year old in 1973 was 74 pounds; by 2012, the average weight was about 85 pounds (cdc.gov). With the obesity rate reaching an all-time high, the health risks percentages also climb. The CDC lists a number of health issues that come along with obesity in both adults and youths. Some of the health risks include type two diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and respiratory problems. The number one killer of American adults is heart disease. Obesity can all start with a single advertisement you see while watching television. Advertising is directed toward existing and potential customers, with the objective of increasing sales. Companies attempt to persuade the cons... ... middle of paper ... ...ghtly, and must be tackled head-on. Processed food, fast food, and artificial sugars have plagued us, however by taking proper steps, we can reverse this endemic. Works Cited Berger, Eric. "How Americans Think They Eat." Chron.com. N.p., 04 Jan. 2011. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. "Fast Food, Fat Profits: Obesity in America." Mercola.com. N.p., 24 Aug. 2013. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. "How Americans Eat Today." CBSNews.com. CBS Interactive, 01 Jan. 2010. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. "Obesity Statistics." Cdc.gov. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 July 2013. Web. 29 Nov. 2013. "Overweight and Obesity Statistics." Nih.gov. Nih.gov, 12 Mar. 2013. Web. 24 Nov. 2013. West, Eleanor. "About Our Eating Habits." Foodrepublic.com. N.p., 30 May 2012. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. "World's Healthiest Countries." Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg.com, 15 Aug. 2013. Web. 26 Nov. 2013.
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