Obesity in America.
Childhood obesity is a huge health problem in United States that affects about 12.5 million children and teens in this country alone. Since 1960 scientist have been monitoring obesity problem in United States and between 1980’s and 1990’s they have seen a drastic increase in childhood obesity from about 5% to sky high 15% which is a concerning number for young people. There are many different reasons why young people develop obesity in this country. The major reason why children become overweight is a bad food diet, eating fast food and not exercising enough throughout the day. Today’s lifestyle and technology allows people to buy food quickly at local fast food places, it is quick, convenient and cheap. Most people do not have time to come home after all day at work and cook a fresh and healthy dinner for the family. It is easier to stop at “Kentucky Fried Chicken” for example and buy dinner for entire family for under $25 which is almost impossible to do at home. Access for children to fast food places is easier than ever before, and most beverages that young people drink contain High Fructose Corn Syrup that replaced sugar in the 1970’s but causes young people to gain weight as fast as sugar does. Biggest problem in childhood obesity is definitely the food choices that we make for us and our children but also we cannot forget about the lack of exercise, most people do not get enough exercise so they stay healthy and become over weight. Also school nutrition’s should be friendlier to healthy diets and fruits instead of vending machines. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in America and it seems that it is not going away but in fact it might get bigger in near future if we do not do anything about it. With better food choices, more exercise and help from the government we can overcome this growing epidemic in USA.
In”The Alcoholic Republic and the Republic of Fat“Michael Pollan tells us very eye opening fact that was announced in 2000 which was over 12 years ago. “The United Nations reported that in 2000 the number of people suffering from over nutrition – a billion – had officially surpassed the number suffering from malnutrition – 800 million.” (p.306). Over nutrition is becoming an epidemic in the United States, where nearly 17% of young people are affected by this disease and over time it might develop to healthy issues like: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and many are stigmatized and suffer from low self-esteem which can cause in some cases a deep depression problems. Studies show that obese children are more than twice as likely to die prematurely as adults than kids without the weight problem and according to Harvard’s Dr. David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life program at Children’s Hospital in Boston “even without further increase in childhood obesity, the toll of the epidemic will mount for decades to come” which is something we should start overcoming for future generations, because if we will not this epidemic will grow bigger and by that time, it might be just too late to help people with obesity and this disease will only increase in side all over the world not only in America, we should start fighting this epidemic for so our kids can live healthier life in this world without people dying from bad diets or lack of exercise. The biggest problem is childhood obesity is the way people eat and what they eat. Most American’s do not have time to cook a nice and healthy meal for their family instead they like to pick up either fast foods or process foods which are not the best nutrition’s for us and especially for young children that do not know what is good for them and what they should try to avoid. I think the problem start with parents that buy unhealthy foods at local supermarkets and fast food places for their loved ones and allow them to eat those empty calories and high fat foods. Most parents cannot tell “No” to their children when...
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