Essay on Obesity And Its Effects On America

1236 Words May 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Over the last couple of years, America has been able to develop immunity to many of the common diseases found in underdeveloped countries. Our technology and intellectual skills provide us an invisible shield against common strains of bacteria and viruses. However, there is an even worse pandemic that has plagued Americans for years and eluded our efforts for a cure. This disease is absent in underdeveloped countries. Its name is obesity, and it has taken America by storm. Despite rising obesity rates, there is an easy solution; increasing tax rates on fatty, unhealthy foods and slashing prices on healthier foods would cause obesity rates to plummet drastically. Obesity, by definition, is an accumulation of excess calories. Whenever people ingest a huge amount of calories without properly disposing it through exercise, they are putting themselves at risk for obesity because the body, stuck with all this excess calories, is left with no choice but to convert it to fat. Too much fat leads to obesity along with much more fatal diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, angina, infertility, stroke, osteoarthritis, gallbladder diseases, snoring, gout, and an increased rate of certain cancers. With so many treacherous diseases associated with obesity, it leads the worried to wonder how obesity is diagnosed. Doctors use a beneficial diagnostic tool known as BMI, or body mass index, to clinically diagnose obesity. BMI is a mathematical formula that…

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