Obesity And Its Effect On Obesity Essay

1153 Words Apr 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Obesity in America: a topic subject to increasing amounts of speculation and studies due to its prevalence and harmful long term effects. In sifting through a multitude of studies in order to determine for ourselves what the true “root cause” of obesity is, if one truly exists, we discovered several trends through a variety of different studies and abstracts, all eventually leading us to the conclusion that capitalism and the philosophies that the American public has internalized because of it ultimately drive our country 's obesity epidemic. We do not intend to suggest poverty (a lack of money due to “the system”)as the root cause - people who live in “food deserts” (“either an area that has limited access to grocery stores or as an area that is low-income and lacks access to grocery stores”) are only 4% more likely to be obese than those with bose disposable income and direct access to grocery stores (30% vs. 26%). However, we do mean to outright state that capitalism has caused our healthy habits to collapse, especially in children. Parents are around less to encourage them to exercise, instead leaving them to loaf. Conversely, because they are around less, they can buy their kids more - more gadgets, more games, more stuff that encourages a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle. Indeed, the collapse of these habits is far more to blame than one’s genetics (barring, say, a genetic issue effecting one’s thyroid) - suggesting to experts and health officials that “for the…

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