Dr. L. A. Barnes
2 November 2012
The Roots of Obesity in the American Society
The United States of America faces many problems, both internal and external, but one major conflict is against something that has its roots deep within the American society: obesity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is funded by the United States’ government, performed various studies and found that 35.7% of the adults of the United States, more than a third of the population, are overweight. Whilst it is true that obesity is also caused by medical conditions and heredity, the majority of obesity is caused by overeating (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Although obesity caused by overeating has many causes, there are some major causes that prevail, such as the lack of willpower, the lack of knowledge, and lack of self-control, which are heavily influenced by many contributing factors that have a negative impact in the society and indirectly leads it to the high obesity rates it contains. Three of the major factors in the American society that contribute greatly to overeating are the high availability of non-healthy food, the many psychological disorders that affect the population, and the way that children are brought up by their parents.
In the United States, there is an extremely high accessibility to food, especially fast foods and low cost foods that contain high levels of fat. Food nowadays is available everywhere and at any time, and the number of places where you can buy food is still growing. Complementing this, most type of food being sold to the American society is not the best choice of food regarding nutritious and healthy food, but it is rather unhealthy and contains high levels of fat. Studies have shown that “energy-dense foods . . . may represent the lowest-cost option to the consumer,” (Drenowski and Specter) and with these cheap and easy-to-access foods, the population with lower economic status...
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