Obesity in America

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Heather Blankenship

Obesity in America

There is no wonder that we have an obesity epidemic in America. Food is everywhere we turn. Whether it’s sitting along the roadside, calling at you in bright colors from grocery store shelves, glowing in vending machines or even in the elaborate television commercials we watch. There is no way to escape from the never ending advertisements. This is where the epidemic of obesity begins. We as Americans consume more food portions than our body can handle and not enough physical activity, causing higher medical costs and a lower quality of life.

Americans are also overweight due to the lack of exercise. We would rather spend more time on the couch watching television or playing video games then we would in the gym. Some people could say many communities are built in ways that make it difficult or unsafe to be physically active. They may not have safe routes for walking or biking to school, work or play might not exist. Just an hour a day, 3 times a week could better our health.

Obesity ranks as the second-leading cause of preventable deaths in America. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity in adults has increased by 50% within the past several decades and in children it has tripled. More than 72 million people and 17% of children are obese. Obesity is a contributing cause of many other health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, some types of cancer, sleep apnea, breathing problems and make activity more difficult. America is home to the most obese people in the world and even though we are one of the most industrialized nations with great economic power and amazing technology, we are also living in a country with the smallest nutritional knowledge.

It’s no wonder that obesity is on the rise. With today’s economy and parents having to work 2 or more jobs to keep things a float, it is often easier and cheaper to get less healthy foods and beverages. Also some Americans...
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