Obesity Crisis Essay

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Tanner Ewing Steffen Guenzel EN 102-41 4/25/12 Paper 5 final draft The United States of Obesity Imagine strolling down the aisles of your local grocery store, adding the items you will need for the next week. Chances are your choices were made from the colorful packaging design, a catch phrase like “made with real milk”, or you saw their commercial on TV. You probably failed to notice the nutritional menu, serving size and ingredients listed on the back. Your item might have 120 calories and 8 grams of fat and that is just the first serving. If your serving count is 4 then you really have 480 calories and 32 grams of fat. Lack of this kind of knowledge is a major contributor to the obesity plague that is taking over America. Over 35% of all Americans are obese and that number continues to grow. Obesity is also claimed as a disease and is toppling our health care system, thus our government needs to abolish this claim and focus on promoting healthy lifestyles and alleviating the cost burden on hospitals and taxpayers. According to the Center of Disease and Control, one third of U.S. adults are obese as well 17% of adolescents between the ages of two and nineteen. By 2017 the percentage of obese Americans could reach between 50-75%. In present day over $150 billion is spent annually on obese medical expenses, averaging $6,565 for women and $5,406 for men. These expenses primarily come from third party taxpayers totaling to 78% due to the many patients who are uninsured. Another statistic from an article on the website Medline Plus shows that employers pay an extra $1,850 on medical expenses for obese employees which is $600 more than smokers. These heavily detailed reports are undeniable and will only continue to worsen in the next couple of years if nothing is done to revoke the claim of obesity being a disease. By consuming heavy amounts of high calorie

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