The American Obesity Epidemic Essay

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The American Obesity Epidemic The so called obesity epidemic in America is exemplified by greed, ignorance, and deception. Food producers stuff supermarket shelves with cheaply made, calorie dense and minimally nutritious food products. The FDA, in collaboration with food industry lobbying groups promotes unhealthy and unbalanced diets in the form of the ever changing and almost useless food pyramid. Finally, the American people are ignorant of what truly constitutes a healthy lifestyle. In the same way that smoking and drinking are conducive to bad health, so too is the overindulgence of over processed simple carbohydrates, trans-fats, and sedentary habits. 100 years ago people ate less and exercised more. Today just the opposite is true. In effect, obesity is not so much a disease as it is a symptom of a diseased modern society. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity occurs when a person has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. The BMI, a number calculated based upon a person’s weight and height, is supposed to determine a person’s body fat composition and weight category. However, some athletes may be incorrectly labeled as overweight because BMI does not directly measure body fat. WebMD states that a person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal. A person is morbidly obese when they are “either 50%-100% over normal weight, more than 100 pounds over normal weight, has a BMI of 40 or higher, or is sufficiently overweight to severely interfere with health or normal function.” The website Cancer Research UK, claims that obesity has a simple enough cause. Your body takes in more calories through your diet than you are burning through physical activity. But some people eat far more than others and never seem to develope a weight problem. Conversly some overweight people are in a never

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