Obesity in America Essay

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Abstract “Would you like that meal large or supersize today?” Not only does that question get asked hundreds, if not thousands, of times a day; it is now being applied to children’s meals. America is drowning in fat. The statistics are staggering when compared to other countries around the world. In September of 2011, America topped the charts with 30.6 percent obesity. Not only are we doing this to ourselves, now we are doing this to our children. (1 in 3 American children is obese). 30.6 percent obesity in America. This number is sobering when comparing it to other countries. What is more alarming, is that if people don’t start paying more attention to what they are eating this number is only going to grow. This is exactly what it has done since 1991. As of 2010, New Mexico was listed the 32nd most obese state in the U.S. In 1991, no state had obesity rate above 20 percent. In 2008, New Mexico had reached 25.2 percent obesity (somdatta, 2011). Currently, New Mexico is the 33rd most obese state (Lang, 2011). Children make up a percentage of this statistic, which is where most adults begin their struggle with weight. There are many factors that contribute to obesity in both children, and adults alike. Some diseases that may cause obesity include but are not limited to: Cushing's disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Individuals with Cushing’s disease, the adrenal cortex produces too much cortisol; which causes weight gain (N.A., 2010). Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, causes excess insulin to be produced which may cause weight gain. However, these health concerns can be controlled and/or treated. Many health issues which cause obesity can be treated with diet management, exercise, and/or prescription drug regiments. For women with obesity problem, getting pregnant can prove to be a trying task. For some

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