Obesity in America: Will It Destroy Us?
In todays’ society, especially in America, obesity has become an epidemic of all sorts. In every state in the U.S., at least 20% of the population is obese. More and more people are dying due to heart related problems, and more people are becoming ok with being “big boned”. This is a huge problem for all of America and is becoming increasingly worse. There are multiple health related risks that go along with obesity; including heart disease, heart attack, respiratory problems, and death being the ultimate outcome. Children are even being affected by this disease and most will carry this problem into adulthood. This is also a problem on the financial side of the spectrum. Kentucky alone spends over 2 billion dollars a year on obesity related issues. Every individual has the opportunity to change their own health. We must all own up to our failure to stay healthy in this country. No one can force anyone to exercise or eat right. If we all take action, we’ll all be better off and end up happier and healthier society. We just have to get rid of the excuses and do what needs to be done. According to the book “Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence”, childhood obesity is a strong indicator of adulthood obesity (pg.50). If this continues to be a problem that corrupts our countries youth, then they will continue to carry these issues with them through adulthood, which is something we are already seeing. The people of our society and the nation’s performance when it comes to competing with other countries in the growing competition in the economy will ultimately pay the consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity can be defined as a weight that is more than what is considered a healthy weight. Obesity has come up as one of our nation’s deadliest killer along with tobacco and alcohol. Obesity rates have climbed with the increasing popularity of fast food. Companies have figured out a way to mass produce food cheaply by injecting harmful hormones and chemicals into our food.
In an article posted by ABC News, Dr. Maureen Braun makes an argument that by 2030, most Americans will possibly be obese. It is a disease that could cost the U.S. over $60 billion to treat and over $500 billion in lost economic productivity. Dr. David Katz, the director of Yale University Prevention Research Center, obesity is the casual way to every chronic disease that plagues our society. This includes heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, pulmonary diseases, and arthritis. It’s an extremely sobering and scary thought to think that our children have already started on this path to destruction when you consider how much processed and sugar filled foods our youth are consuming. And this is at a time in a persons’ life where every decision they make will have a permanent effect on their future and health. Even those in the medical field are struggling with remaining healthy and free of the belly fat. In an article published by BJN entitled “Do as I say, not as I do”, it addressed the issue of nurses in the medical field being unhealthy themselves while to trying to encourage others to live healthy lifestyles is a complete waste of time. If our own medical professionals that are to be role models for healthy living are overweight themselves, then what is the rest of the nation to do? This is an issue that must be addressed before it’s too late. Hundreds die each year in this country due to obesity related issues. This is a simple problem to extinguish but it takes a collective group of all to get anything done. Our future lies in our hands and we must be willing to fight for it, even if that means laying down the Twinkie, and picking up a dumbbell.
I have a solution to fix this very simple problem, exercise and eat healthy. I know it is cliché and many say it is easier said than done, but that is not true. It is very easy to do these things. Eating healthy does mean you...
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