Eating Habits Essay

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CHAPTER I BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY Introduction Many people think they are healthy although statistically it is proven untrue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2010 more than 78 million adults and almost 13 million children aged 2-19 were obese. Additionally, about 67 percent of U.S. population is either overweight or obese. Given these statistics, renowned cardiologist, Arthur Agatston, MD published an article in the October 2011 issue of Prevention magazine titled, “How America Got So Fat and So Sick.” In the article, Dr. Agatston argued that unless we dramatically reversed our sedentary lifestyles and the obesity epidemic, the U.S. healthcare system will go bankrupt in the near future because of the sheer numbers of sick Americans. The United States spends more than $147 billion annually treating diet-related illnesses such as hypertension, Type II diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases among others. Agatston further suggested that the current generation may have the dubious distinction of being known as Generation Sick or GenS, and may have shorter life spans than their parents. Louisiana’s obesity rate is about 31 percent with the largest growth in the 18-24-age group. (Finkelstein, 2009) This paper will provide the testing of the dichotomies between students’ perceptions of their weight and health status and their actual weight? The first step to fixing a problem is to realize it, and this study will find statistical data to show that students they often perceive incorrectly when self-analyzing their health and weight status. It should prove that perception can truly blind someone from being healthy, for they are unaware. The collegiate level was chosen for the focus my study for it is a critical time in an individual’s life. It is they time they truly “find themselves” and set themselves up for their future. Childhood

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