Essay on Effects Of Obesity On Obesity And Obesity

1490 Words Apr 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Poverty impact on Obesity Over the years, the U.S. has seen a tremendous increase in the obesity rates in both children and adults. Many have stopped to question what is causing this increase. Researchers have found that poverty links to obesity, leading to a huge impact in the obesity epidemic. Because poor people can not afford a healthy lifestyle, obesity rates are increasing, and it’s affecting humans health. Obesity is a topic that many people are recently talking about, but what is obesity? Obesity is having too much body mass or being overweight. It is also defined as having too much weight that is considered unhealthy for the height. Obesity rates are growing constantly in children, adults, and the elderly. According to a journal article by Tahereh Hojjat , the obesity rates have doubled since 1970 to about 30 percent. There are about 30 percent of 11 year olds that are overweight, and 12.6 percent of elderly are overweight (81). This clearly shows that obesity rates are growing constantly and that obesity is becoming a global epidemic, but what causes obesity? Obesity can be caused by many things such as, overeating, physical inactivity, medications and eating high carbohydrates, but the main cause of obesity is poverty. Poverty is known to be causing obesity rates to increase. According to James Levine, an endocrinologist, states “people in America who live in the most poverty dense counties are the most prone to obesity” (1). In other words, people who have a…

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