Obesity In The United States
McDonald, Taco Bell, Jack In The Box etc… they all have one thing in common and its that they are all fast food restaurants and they are also the number one reason why people living in the United States have a problem with obesity. I believe that the reason why people come into or go through drive thru to this fast food restaurants is because some people find it cheaper and easier to buy food that Is already done, then having to buy their own food and taking the time to cook it. I’ve done some research on this topic and I came across an article titled “Why We're So Fat: What's Behind the Latest Obesity Rates” and I read that in 1990 not one state in the U.S had an obesity rate greater than 14 percent! The article also says that ten years later more than 20 states where reporting obesity rates between 20 to 24 percent. And in 2010 more than 10 states reported an obesity rate greater than 30 percent. Walter Willett, who chairs the department of nutrition in Harvard School of public health, was quoted in the article and he said "There is no single, simple answer to explain the obesity patterns. Part of this is due to lower incomes and education, which result in purchases of cheap foods that are high in refined starch and sugar. More deeply, this also reflects lower public investment in education, public transportation, and recreational facilities," Cheap, unhealthy foods mixed with a lazy lifestyle has made obesity the new normal in America, and it makes it difficult to change it. Physical education fits in the obesity problem because it is based upon rigorous national standards that define what students should know and be able to do as a result of participation. Physical education is unique as it is the only program that provides students with opportunities to learn motor skills, develop fitness, and gain understanding about the importance of physical activity. P.E is a great way to help obesity, starting at schools and helping...
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