Obesity in the USA
Good afternoon, my name is Barbara. I’m standing here today, because the U.S got a serious problem with overweight or so called obesity and I’d like to talk about this problem. So I can make you more aware of this. The prevalence of obesity is increasing worldwide, in almost every country and in all age groups. The steep increase has prompted this development to be called an epidemic. Obesity has become the major nutrition- related disease of this decade, and is defined as a condition of excessive body fat to an extent that increases the risk of many complicating diseases. Overweight and obesity cause the development of diabetes, and contribute to high blood pressure, infertility, birth complications and amplify asthma and a poor health status. This is very serious and it has to be taken way more serious by the people living here. Obesity is largely preventable through changes in lifestyle, especially diet or daily exercise. There are many diseases that are so hard to cure, so why is it that, when we actually have a disease that you can cure yourself, we don’t do anything about it? By some changes in your lifestyles, you could actually get a lot healthier than you were before. I am not saying that it is easy. I know that it can be hard to turn things around especially if it’s become a habit to eat unhealthy and by eating unhealthy you don’t get energy, and that is also a reason why many don’t exercise as much as they should do. Younger people have largely grown up in a world, where a greater variety of food than ever before has become available and at a relatively low cost, and so are more prone to develop obesity at a younger age. Obesity is a major cause of death and 1 out of 3 adults and 1 out of 6 children is obese. Obesity costs the US, almost 150 million dollars a year, where almost 10 % of the national medical budgets. The way you eat has changed over the last 50 years. A lot more food is available than before and opportunities...
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