Obesity in America

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English 112
19. Feb. 2012

The Obesity Epidemic In America
Obesity is a trending topic in America affecting every state, every city and every community across our beautiful country. Obesity is a defeat to our nation becoming the fastest growing cause of disease and death in America. This new wave of obesity is hitting us where it hurts and spreading its grip on our homeland. Obesity is becoming a modern day murderer and the fact that this phenomena is completely preventable is mind boggling. American citizens are becoming blind to false impressions on labels, in the media and in advertising tricks that glorifies fast food in a positive light. We as American’s need to combat obesity by dieting, exercising and even taking legal action is not out of the question. The convenience of fast food in modern day America is in fact another cause to this upward spike in obesity. These factors when taken into account all contribute to the overwhelming American obesity epidemic. As David Zinczenko editor-in-chief of Men’s Health magazine brought into discussion on obesity stated he grew up as a typical mid-1980s latchkey kid. Leaving him to defend for himself his daily choice of dinner came between Mcdonalds, Taco Bell, Kentcukey Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut. In Zinczenko’s words he stated “Then as now, these were the only available options for an American kid to get an affordable meal”. By age 15 he had already packed on 212 pounds to his once lanky 5-foot-10 frame. The convenience of the fast food industry alone contributed to Zinczenko as well as many other American’s obesity. Living the fast food diet is not the way to go being that nearly 2 out of every 3 American’s are overweight or obese I don’t feel like people are listening to the facts. According to U.S. Department of Health and Human services 1 out of every 8 deaths in America is caused by an illness directly related to overweight and obesity. Think of it this way statistics tell us that of the 30 kids in an...
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