Instructor Simone Gers
18 Sep 2014
Obesity: A Causal Analysis
Obesity is an epidemic that affects people Worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, The obese population of World as a whole is approximately 1 billion people. (Croissant). “Obesity, [is] a state in which excess lipids accumulate in various body fat depots due to a chronic imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure…” (Tan, et al). Most experts believe that one of the leading causes of obesity is overeating. In the United States, the rise in the average weight of Americans can be rooted back to [simply] consuming more calories (“The Overeating Epidemic”). Lack of exercise has been argued to be a major cause of the obesity problem. Experts have conducted studies that have linked the rise in obesity with a rise in more sedentary lifestyles (“Lack of Exercise”). Rising food prices and a lack of available healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables have led many to make unhealthy food choices. These low-cost diets have been responsible for many cases of obesity, especially in low income households where healthier food choices are not an option (Croissant). Genetic obesity although less prominent than cases of overeating and lack of exercise, has affected many people. Although it has been debated whether or not genetics are directly related to obesity or just a contributing factor. Whether it be caused by overeating, lack of exercise, dieting choices and habits, or genetic traits, Obesity is a problem not only in America, but around the world as well. Overeating has long been thought of as the leading cause of obesity. Many people may be misled by the term “overeating” as it does not necessarily convey that people are consuming too much food in volume as much as it refers to the amount of energy your body consumes in contrast to the amount of energy expended. New studies have shown that Americans who are obese are likely gaining weight because they eat...
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