It is no secret the United States is currently facing an ever growing obstacle when it comes to obesity and nutrition amongst the population. “During the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high...no state had a prevalence of obesity less than 20%...thirty six states had a prevalence of 25% or more.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). This is a substantial increase from the results recorded 20 years ago. Since American culture is comprised of numerous nationalities, it is important to identify both the characteristics of individual nationality nutrition trends and those of which that have been picked up through current trends in the American culture. We as a society need to regain a foothold on this issue, as our children will inherent these unfortunate trends and suffer greatly. In most cultures outside of the United States, food plays an intricate role in traditions as it is pastime for friends and families to come together and share a meal. For other cultures there is more symbolism and appreciation for the meals that are prepared and there may even be a religious impact that comes from consuming specific items. In American culture, we have embraced the variety of foods available, and many share the tradition of consuming meals with family and friends during festivities and celebrations. Unfortunately as a nation, we have also become inept to overindulging in this pastime due to the abundance of options available. In Arab culture obesity is less of an issue than nutritional value. Food is considered a gift in these countries and by offering it to family and friends, you are displaying a sign of affection. Nutritionally, Arab diets consist of what is available and affordable. Since a majority of the Arabic population lives at or below the poverty level, nutritional deficiencies are on the rise. “Arab Americans most at risk for nutritional deficiencies include newly...
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