Obesity : A Problem With Obesity Essays

2224 Words Apr 4th, 2015 9 Pages
This is the 21st century, a time of ideas and possibilities, but these ideas are under threat from a very real and rapidly expanding threat, obesity. Obesity is a multifactorial problem formed by a decreasing physical lifestyle, easy access to food, and psychological sociological factors. The United States over the last 50 years has been growing in obesity to the point that they now call this an epidemic. The obesity rate has taken a third of United States adults, over 78.6 million people, and has left them depressed and with doubts of ever finding a way out. Health care costs associated with obesity currently comprise almost 10% of national health care expenditures and are projected to increase to 15% over the next 15 years (Erica M. Schulte). The United States alone paid above $147 billion in medical cost on obesity and individuals, with obesity, paid $1,429 more than someone who had an average BMI. These numbers have not only hit our pockets, but have also increased heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and strokes which are now some of the leading causes of death, even though they are completely preventable. The prevalence of obesity in the United States continues to increase, with more than 85% of adults projected to be overweight or obese by 2030 (Erica M. Schulte).
This epidemic starts with the youngest of us. Children are the new generation eagerly learning from others. With each passing day they grow more knowledgeable of the world and what it is comprised of. These new…

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