Obesity Problem and Solutions

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HANOI UNIVERSITY
FOUNDATION STUDIES DEPARTMENT
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OBESITY PROBLEM
AND SOLUTIONS

Teacher: Nguyen Phuong LeStudent: Duong Thi TamClass: 1TC-11Course: EAP WritingDate: March 4, 2012|

ABSTRACT Obesity is the most prevalent, fatal, chronic and relapsing disorder of the 21st century. The rapid growth in obesity represents a major public concern. Although body weight tends to increase with age, the evolution of obesity over the lifecycle is not well understood. This paper, based on secondary research, discusses the causes and effects of the obesity problem and its solutions. Based on the findings of the research, the paper draws the conclusion that although obesity is the complicated issue, there is strongly belief that it can be reduced in the future.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abstract…………………………………………………………………..........................ii 1. Introduction….......................................................................................................1

2. Discussion of findings…........................................................................................1

3.1. Some causes of Obesity…………………………………...…....................….1

3.2. Some effects of Obesity…………………………………………..………....3

3.3. Solutions for Obesity…………………………………………………..…....3

3. Conclusion…………………………………………………………......................5

References………………………………………………………………………………..6

1. Introduction
Obesity is the considerable problem not only in Western countries but also all over the world. It is becoming a worldwide epidemic. George A. Bray has given evidences in his book Contemporary diagnosis and Management of Obesity (1998, p.5) that data from around the world shows a steady increase in overweight since World War II and in the United States, the percentage of people who are overweight has increased more than 30% since 1960. Obesity is a disease that affects over one-third of the adult American population, approximately 72 million Americans (Hyattsville 2007: National Center for Health Statistics). Moreover, obesity in adulthood increases the hazard of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis and a general poor health condition (Overweight and Obesity Health Consequences, cited in www.cdc.gov) so it is the time for human being to take actions to limit this issue. With the purpose of helping people understand about obesity problem and find the ways to limit it, this paper discusses where this issue results from, what it results in and how to solute it.

2. Discussion of findings

2.1. Some causes of obesity
“Obesity is a manufactorial disease” said George A. Bray, MD (1998, p.35). The type of food eaten may also play an important role in the rise of obesity. According to the Causes of Obesity (Anne Collin 2007), more metabolic and digestive disorders resulting from overconsumption of trans-fat and refined sugary foods such as ready-to-eat, low cost, quick meals, combined with low fiber intake. These eating habits are known to cause excessive fat storage. Taking in too many calories for our energy needs must be a major cause of the modern obesity epidemic. Dr. Marion Nestle, Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at New York University provides that US agribusiness now produces 3,800 calories of food a day for every consumption of calories more than 30 years ago-but at much lower per-calorie costs (cited in annecollins.com). Evidently, the growth of fast-food chains and higher soft drink consumption lead to the increases in absorption of calorie-dense foods and a higher energy-intake.

Besides bad-eating habits, reducing energy expenditure is also one of the root causes of obesity in modern life. People now do less exercise than before. The data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the website...
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