Analyzing Obesity in America Apa

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Analyzing Obesity in America

Table of Contents

I. Abstract……………………………………………………………………3

II. Introduction …………………………………………………………….…4

III. Data Selection

A. Survey Results……………………………………………………….4-5 B. Survey Summary………………………………………………………..5

IV. Research…………………………………………………………………6-8

V. Discussion…………………………………………………………………8

VI. Conclusion

A. Summary of Findings…………………………………………………8-9

B. Recommendation ………………………………………………………9

VII. References………………………………………………………………….10

Abstract
Obesity in America has reached epidemic proportions. There has been a steady rise in the number of preventable deaths related to obesity issues. The health care costs for obesity related conditions have also shown a marked increase. The growth of the fast food industry has changed what, where and how much Americans eat. Americans now consumes more of their daily calorie intake from fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, and prepackages items from supermarkets than they do from fresh alternatives. Americans are also not getting enough consistent physical exercise. The obesity epidemic can be reversed. Americans need to take responsibility for their food choices and exercise habits in order to stop the rise in and consequences of obesity. I conducted a brief survey about common perceptions of obesity in America and its impact on people’s general health. Five people, both male and females, ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s and from various walks of life responded to my survey. The majority of the respondents saw obesity as a problem that leads to serious health risks.

Analyzing Obesity in America

Introduction
Obesity is an epidemic that affects people of all ages. This epidemic is spreading rapidly in America. In the last four decades, obesity has grown to be one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in America. Obesity is rapidly becoming the norm instead of the exception in America. Even the Americans that the medical professionals do not describe as obese are being impacted economically by the epidemic. Americans must take action to curb this epidemic. Two steps that Americans can take immediately are to develop healthy eating habits and engage in exercise programs. It is not too late to reverse this epidemic.

Survey Results

Five people participated in a survey inquiring about perceptions commonly held on obesity and its risk to a person’s general health. From the responses to the survey, I made a summary bar graph showing the number of affirmative responses there were to each question in the survey (see Figure 1). The people responding to the survey ranged in age from 24 to 69. Both males and females of varying weights were included in the survey. The respondents included a college student, an information technology expert, a farmer, administrative assistant and a retired business analyst.

All five of the respondents see obesity as a problem in America. All respondents also believe that eating habits contribute to obesity and that obesity can lead to heart attacks. Four of the respondents believe that exercise habits do affect obesity and that obesity can lead to high blood pressure. Three of the respondents see genetic make-up playing a role in obesity and obesity leading to diabetes. From this data, I concluded that people are aware of the relationship between obesity and its risk to general health. The majority of the respondents were aware of the connection between eating habits, exercise and obesity.

Research
Research shows that the number of obese Americans has been on a steady increase since the 1970s. Harnack and French (2003) found that more than 64% of adult Americans are obese. This was an increase of 106% from 1976 to 2006. During that same period of time, adolescent obesity rose from five percent to 15% (Harnack & French, 2003).

According to both Lumpkin (2005) and Koop (1999), obesity is affecting Americans both physically...
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