Obesity : A Global Epidemic Essay

1869 Words Dec 8th, 2015 8 Pages
Culture is defined as the knowledge, beliefs, customs, and habits a group of people share. Obesity has become a global epidemic. Obesity is an imbalance between energy intake and expenditure such that excess energy is stored in fat cells. Every culture has different eating habits, yet obesity can occur in all of them. Exercise and diet can help prevent obesity from occurring. Some cultures are more active than others and some cultures eat better than others. Obesity and diet/exercise go hand and hand because diet/exercise and help treat obesity. All you need to do is eat better and eat less while also being physically active. It’s honestly a lifestyle change. Every culture has their own problem with obesity, but I will be discussing four of them: Africans, Mexicans, South Americans, and Chinese.
When many people think of African culture and their eating habits, people believe that many of them are malnourished. While that still is the case for some Africans, other Africans are struggling with Obesity. Africans eating habits have changed drastically over time. They went from hardly eating anything when they were forcefully taken from their tribes to be bought and sold as slaves, to then eating two or three meals a day. Two meals a day are typical in West Africa, one in the morning and one in the evening. Snacking was very common; however, in the poorer tribes snacks would replace the morning meal. A large percentage of African Americans are determined to have poor diets.…

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