Excessiv Sugar Consumption Essay

734 WordsNov 12, 20113 Pages
Excessive Sugar Consumption Lisa Morgan Scarlett Dorman Abstract Excessive sugar consumption has become an epidemic in today's society. Its effects include obesity, diabetes, decreased liver function, decreased metabolic function, heart disease and raised blood pressure, among many other chronic diseases. Reduction in sugar intake can relieve the body of some of these diseases, as well as many other benefits, such as increased metabolism, and reversing the effects of premature aging. Excessive Sugar Consumption Initial Challenges to Health and Wellness I, personally, am a recovering sugar addict. I enjoy sugar on my grapefruit in the morning, and on my otherwise healthy cereal. As I take Human Anatomy and Physiology at Faulkner State Community College, I am learning of the negative and harmful effects sugar is having on my body. Sugar is the single largest source of calories for Americans today (Sidhu 2011). In the year 1700, the average person consumed about four (4) pounds of sugar a year. In 2009, more than fifty percent (50%) of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar per day, which averages to be 180 pounds of sugar a year. The effects of this amount of sugar on the body can be devastating. Today, thirty-two percent (32%) of Americans are considered to be obese, compared to 1950, when only five percent (5%) of Americans were considered to be obese. The human body can only metabolize as much sugar as your body needs into energy, through a process known as cellular respiration. When the intake of sugar is greater than the body's needs for energy, the product of cellular respiration is stored in your body for later use in a form called Glycogen where if it is not used, it becomes fat. (Shier et al. 2010) Obesity is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the negative effects of sugar on the body. According to the Journal

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