Obesity in America
When people think about health what usually comes up is cancer, or some kind of disease that will hold you back. Not many people really think about one of the biggest issues out there that people don’t really take serious. It’s called Obesity, I know you might think you know what that means but do you really know what it is?. In America there are thousands of hundreds of people that or obese. Over 2/3rds of America is overweight or obese. This problem is associated with many other health problems, including congestive heart failure and diabetes. For many of us adults, overcoming obesity seems impossible. But that is not the case. There are many programs out there that target America’s obese citizens. However, the main focus seems to be towards the younger generation. Childhood obesity seems to be escalating throughout the past few years. This may be due to the convenience of foods high in fat. Teens and adolescents rely on things they can afford. Fast-food restaurants and low-cost candy is affordable and convenient; therefore, children turn to these. Adolescents are also under an extreme amount of stress, often juggling school and work. To balance their lives, some consider caffeinated beverages and energy drinks to help. But that is the exact opposite effect they are having. Studies have shown that Brown 2
one of the largest sources of extra calories in the American diet is sweetened beverages. There are some ideas of putting a 20% tax on these drinks in hopes to cut calorie intake from beverages by 13 percent for adults and 11 percent for children. Another reason obesity has increased recently may be because of how easy it is to be lazy. Technological advances have created laziness in America. When faced with the decision to take the stairs or the elevator, the average person would pick the elevator – another factor of the national weight gain. The cause of...