Topics:Obesity, Nutrition, OverweightPages: 75 (2249 words)Published: February 11, 2013
Who’s to Blame for the ObesityEpidemic?
This research is being submitted on December 11, 2013 for
B371/GEB3110 Section 03 Research and Report Writing - 2013 Fall Quarter
Is obesity a disease that our food culture and sedentary lifestyle created? According to the results from the 2009–2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), it was indicated that an estimated 33.0% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over are overweight, 35.7% are obese, and 6.3% are extremely obese. That is total of almost 41 million women and more than 37 million men aged 20 and over. In the early 1900s, only one in 150 people were obese. (Adult obesity facts, 2013) In less than 40 years, obesity in America has increased by over 50%. That means there are two out of every three American adults that are overweight or obese. (Obesity in America, 2012) It is also important to know that according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008. The medical costs alone for people who are obese were $1429 higher than those who were at a healthy weight. (Adult obesity facts, 2013) Our food culture and sedentary lifestyle has proven to be the main reasons why so many Americans are overweight or obese.
Why is this happening? What are we...
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Two-thirds of people in the United States are overweight or obese; about a third of adults – more than 72 million – are obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight (Hellmich 60). Obesity can be defined as, “A condition in which an individual has a high percentage of body fat. A person is considered obese if he or she has a BMI [body mass index] of 30 or higher. A BMI of 40 or more, or 100 pounds (45 kg) over average weight, is termed morbid obesity. This condition is considered medically disabling and likely to shorten life expectancy” (Murphy 104). According to the CDC website, “Research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity’, the risks for the following also increase: Coronary heart disease, type two diabetes, cancers, hypertension, stroke, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and many other health problems” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). From fast food sales increasing tremendously, families being overweight, and portion sizes exceeding serving sizes, we can see why obesity is such a huge problem for Americans.
The need for fast, reliable, affordable, and convenient food, along with an increasing acceptance among Americans of a more homogenous culture, led to the rise of the fast food industry (Woloson...
18 April 2013
Obesity in America
Some people are known for not wanting to account for their own actions such as, blaming their weight on other factors instead of themselves, which at first can seem petty, until your weight becomes life-threatening. Today in America, it seems as though many people are pointing the blame of obesity to many different factors. This can sometimes mean that people are just ignorant of the true factors of the seemingly ever-growing obesityepidemic. Obesity today is caused by excessive food portions, our obesity promoting environment, inactive lifestyles, and influence from advertising and other people to eat unhealthy foods.
First, let’s take a look at the basic definition of obesity. Someone who is classified as obese means that they have an excess (insert BMI statistics) amount of body fat (“Childhood Obesity Facts”); the definition for epidemic basically states it is a form of a crisis, so what we’re dealing with is a health crisis. People make obesity sound like some disease that just magically appeared out of thin air when really there has been accounts of extreme obesity documented since the 1700s (Power and Schulkin 1).
How come obesity in America has seemed to have skyrocketed the last 10 years? One main reason seems to be people’s...
...The ObesityEpidemic |
By: Alishia Fields |
This paper talks about how children are becoming more obese and how the numbers have changed over the past 30 years. It indicates how a child is affected physically to socially. How we as a nation can stand up and make a change on increasing healthy food consumption and more physical activities and what we need to keep in mind when trying to help a child overcome their obesity.
The amount of children who are obese has been increasing at a rapid speed. For instance; the obesity rate among preschool children increased from 5% in 1980 to 12.4% in 2006, reaching 31.9% in 2008 among children 2 to 19. (Ogden, Carroll, and Flegal 2008). According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC the rate of childhood obesity has actually tripled over the past 30 years (Robert Mckelvie). Obese is defined as a medical condition related to excess accumulation of body fat that may have an adverse affect on health, measured by a body mass index score that is higher than the 95% percentile (Sorte, Daeschel, Amador 2011). Childhood obesity occurs when the child takes into many calories and is not getting the right amount of physical activities. American society has become characterized by environments that promote increased consumption of less healthy foods and physical inactivity (Centers for Disease Control and...
Obesity: A Rising EpidemicObesity is a rising epidemic in the United States. Since the early 1970’s, the overweight population has more than doubled and has become one of the leading health problems in our country (Ogden, Carroll, Kit, & Flegal, 2012). With this rising epidemic brings about heart disease, diabetes, and other disorders that can become deadly if not treated. An astounding two out of every three people are overweight, while one out of three people are obese (Linklater, 2006). Weight loss programs are filling up television advertisements and even reality television is focusing on extreme weight loss goals of morbidly obese individuals. Obesity is not only triggered by the ease and comfort of junk foods and fast food restaurants, but mental health issues can also trigger this disorder into a downward spiral. Nonetheless, obesity is a trend that can be prevented through proper diet, exercise, and a certain level of good mental health. Researchers are still investigating what has triggered the cause of this epidemic, which is what we will be attempting to determine in this essay.
Obesity is the second most preventable cause of death in the United States; however, more than seventy-five percent of the population has been clinically diagnosed with obesity. More than nine million children and...
...The American ObesityEpidemicObesity in America is on the rise now, with 72-million people contributing to this new “epidemic.” People need to start taking care of their bodies or they could possibly lose their lives to the leading cause of death in America—heart disease. Believe it or not, this epidemic isn’t just effecting the human population. Twenty-five percent of cats and dogs are now heavier than they should be. With excess weight usually comes many kinds of physiological, behavioral, social, environmental and economic problems. Childhood obesity rates have nearly tripled since the 1980’s, and current research shows that almost one-third of children over two years of age are already overweight or obese ("Obesity In America: What's Driving The Epidemic."). To put a stop to this epidemic, we need a solution that goes far beyond simply eating less. This obesityepidemic is responsible for more than one hundred sixty-thousand additional deaths each year in America now. Currently, 72% of men and 63% of women are overweight (White).
So why is it that the U.S. has become so big in the last twenty years? The obvious, almost trivial answer is that we eat too many high-calorie foods and don't burn them off through exercise ("Adult Obesity Facts."). If only we could change those habits, then this...
America’s ObesityEpidemicObesity is a chronic condition defined by an excess amount of body fat. Within eight years in the United States, the incidence of obesity has nearly doubled. People throughout America are slowly being affected by this national problem of obesity. The obesityepidemic is growing throughout each state in America, but now reasons for this epidemic are becoming clearer to individuals.
Everyone wants to know a reason for the obesityepidemic, and now answers are appearing. Many reasons for this epidemic are due to present day generations, as well as American lifestyles. Fast food has not only come to dominate the American landscape, it has become the most visible American export around the globe (Down to Earth). Cheap and convenient food, busy work lives, and social lives, as well as a constant barrage from media sources have over-loaded Americans are all having a detrimental effect on people’s mental and physical health (Thompson). Due to busy lifestyles and laziness throughout America, people have found it easier to go through a drive-thru rather than take the time to go home and make a healthier meal for themselves. Weight gain and obesity are caused by consuming more calories than the body needs (“Obesity in America”). Genetic determinations, such as the...
...Child Obesity is Epidemic
Child Obesity is Epidemic
Rosanna Torres Western Governors University WGU student ID#: 000254815
Obesity is defined as an abnormal amount of body fat that causes health problems such as; diabetes, heart disease, and cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). Obesity can be determined measuring the child’s body mass index (BMI) is calculated by the child’s height, weight, and age to determine if you have excess fat. It is known that children who are obese have a greater chance to become obese in adulthood. National surveys have come to the conclusion that children are consuming more than 100 calories per day than ever before. The cause of child obesity does not have only one cause. Obesity happens when people in general are not eating healthy foods and are not physically active. Foods that are high in calories and have no healthy nutrition value are foods that will be stored as fat and will make you gain weight (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011; Elfellahi, Dallèle, Verlhac, Camille, Verma, Arpita; 2006; Paxson, Christina, and Donahue, Elizabeth, and Grisso, Jeanne Ann & Orleans, C. Tracy, 2006; U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in America because the rates of child obesity are high, in every three...