Is Obesity A Healthy Diet? Essay

1433 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
What is obesity? Well it all comes down to your BMI. BMI, or Body Mass Index, is defined as weight in kilograms divided by square height in meters (World Health Organization). Being obese is defined by having a Body Mass Index of 30kg per meters squared or over (World Health Organization). The cause of this is people are eating way too many calories than they actually burn off. Our portion sizes are getting bigger and bigger and when our portion sizes grow, so do the amount of calories we put in our bodies. People aren’t burning the right amount of calories because they struggle to exercise the way they need to. Exercise is really important to sticking to a healthy eating program. If you eat healthy and you never exercise you are not getting the full benefit of eating healthy. If you eat healthy and exercise well you will see better long term effects than if you just did one or the other. The cost of food is a major reason that people don’t eat very healthy. Unhealthy foods tend to be a lot less expensive than healthier foods. Parker Pope from the New York Times says it like this. “Not only are the empty calories cheaper, but the healthy foods are becoming more and more expensive. Vegetables and fruits are rapidly becoming luxury goods.” Parker-Pope is exactly right. Healthy foods like vegetables and fruits are becoming more rare food to get because they are slowly growing up in price. The average cost of an unhealthy diet in a day would be about $3.52 while a…

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