Obesity : Obesity And Obesity

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An enormous problem in the United States today is obesity. The number of people overweight has increased dramatically in the last three decades. A study done by the Centers for Disease Control showed that since 1980, “one third of our adult population has become overweight. America is the richest but also the fattest nation in the world, and our obese backsides are the butt of jokes in every other country (Klein 28). The eating habits of society have steadily become more harmful and have started to produce overweight children, over-indulgent adults, and a food industry set too much on satisfying our appetites. Obesity can begin at a very young age. Many children in our society are overweight, causing them to have serious health problems later in life. Some of the risks include, Type 2 diabetes, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart problems. Feeling less secure, less happy, and stressed more than normal weight children are is how it can affect you mentally. They get teased, criticized, and judged for being overweight. In many cases, being overweight is not the child’s fault. Being overweight may run in that child’s family, or their parents do not encourage them to be active and get enough exercise. “Many children spend too much time indoors in front of the TV, playing video games, or spending time on the computer while consuming high fat snacks, soft drinks and candy at the same time” (Weight Management). A Harvard Health Report, “Weigh Less, Live Longer,” discusses how many people do not realize that their appetite and diet can be closely related to many psychological factors. Any person who has ever binge ate on chips or cookies when they feel upset can understand this. Several studies have shown that people t... ... middle of paper ... ... their genetics and metabolism, their depression, or their habits and lifestyle, being overweight is one of the hardest things in life to deal with. The things that obese people have to deal with are very unfortunate. The health problems are harmful enough to well being, but the cycle of depression and emotional problems that comes along with obesity in so many cases can be worse. Obese people have to walk through life constantly being reminded of their damaging habits and things can seem so hopeless. It is so important to start healthy habits early in life. The benefits of good behavior and good life patterns can make life more fulfilling, worth living for and longer lasting. Americans used to embrace healthy eating habits, but the country got so busy that good examples were thrown away. The problem of obesity is not just about food; it is about an entire lifestyle.

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