Why are 2/3 of American people overweight or obese? Won Woo Jung February 7th 2013 Mr. Duncan DUSH Obesity rates has been increasing since the 1970’s and by 2030 the rate of obesity among the American population is expected to rise to 42% by 2030.1 Estimates suggest that obesity has been causing negative health for obese people and it continues to be one of the most leading public health problem in the United States. Some Americans seek to improve their diet and their habits to lose weight, however some Americans is expected to grow much worse. Rick’s story tells how obesity is a negative cause for health and he shares his story by saying how he was overweight, tired, lazy and the only way to get rid of his weight was by doing medical
America is fat. And getting fatter. Even after all the health warnings, doctor recommendations and FDA regulations, and a massive weight loss industry, Americans are still packing on the pounds at an alarming rate. Obesity is one of the biggest problems plaguing America today. As Richard Carmona states in “The Obesity Crisis In America,” “Nearly two out of every three Americans are overweight or obese”(1).
Sugars, starches, sodium, everything that is in a processed food, just helps fat accumulate on the body, and in the arteries. The more junk and processed foods our bodies consume, the more we crave that type of food. I think once you are in a trend of eating unhealthy things, it is harder to get out of
Albert kunst SO 219 Suzanne Palmieri 04/26/2012 Child Obesity In today’s day and age, we see more and more overweight people in our society. In fact, it seems to be an epidemic of a sort. Unfortunately, children are not immune from this epidemic and are being impacted as well. I have chosen to write my research paper on childhood obesity, because I feel if we learn how to tackle this problem from the onset, we will have healthier children who will enter adulthood with better eating habits. Too often, we discuss, dissect, and assign blame to a problem instead of looking for solutions.
Most children are not prone to these kinds of diseases until later in life, as adults. In a book, “Fast Food Nation” written, by Eric Schlosser he says "If you look at the rise of the obesity rate in the United States, it has grown pretty much in step with the rise of fast-food consumption... and now it's
Common Causes of Obesity According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases obesity is an abnormal accumulation of body fat, usually twenty percent over an individual’s ideal body weight, and about one third of the U.S population is obese. People who qualify as obese have a high percentage of body fat that in time puts their health at risk. “Obesity is associated with increased risk of illness, disability, and death” (Ford-Martin & Frey, 2005). This is the reason why obesity has become such a big concern among Americans, but what is the cause of this epidemic? Many adults survive on high calorie diets without knowing and do not find the time to exercise as much as they should, and obesity is the result of this behavior.
Some people do it to lose weight for a special occasion, because the doctor said so, or to show off for a long time friend. But what the fad diet inventors does not tell people is that the weight loss is temporary; it’s only for the moment. The difference in the two should change everyone’s minds about a quick fix. The Difference Between Healthy Eating and Fad Diets Diets could consist of low carb diets like Adkins and South Beach, which are very quick fixes. Most people could lose 10 to 25 pounds in a month.
As the pace of the American lifestyle increases there is less time to prepare a home-cooked meal, which leads many families to stop at the drive-thru on their way home. This rise in fast food consumption may be one contributing factor to the rise in obesity among Americans, especially among children and adolescents. High fat fast food meals take a toll High fat diets, typical of fast food meals, contribute to a variety of negative and costly health outcomes, including obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease and some cancers. With the increase in consumption of high fat and calorie foods, there’s usually a decreased intake of foods rich in nutrients such as fruits and vegetables. This doesn’t mean that all fast food is bad, and it would be unrealistic to recommend totally eliminating it altogether.
Advertising and Its Effects on Childhood Obesity It has been said many times before that children are our future. One of the most alarming statistics about our future is the ever-alarming rate of obesity and overweight children in the United States. “Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%” (Childhood Obesity).
Obesity is a major risk factor for several diseases such cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, musculoskeletal disorders and even certain types of cancers (WHO, 2015). Disability attributed to obesity and its consequences is also highly probable, with over 36 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), due mainly to heart disease and diabetes resultant of obesity (World Obesity, 2012). Overall, obesity also shortens one’s life expectancy, with diet-related disease being the biggest killer in the United States (Jamie Oliver, 2010). Hence, it can be seen that obesity does reduce one’s quality of life, due to the detriment it brings to one’s health and overall