Obesity And Socioeconomic Status

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Children in the United States are starting to adopt unhealthy habits from their parents and the millennial generation. Obesity in the United States initiated in the early 2000’s when artificial and processed foods became popular. In fact, there are about five fast food restaurants for every grocery store today in the United States. The fast food industry serves over twenty five percent of working Americans every day. As a result, over one third of the children in the United States are obese and unhealthy. Parents around the United States do not realize that they are the major cause of childhood obesity. In addition, schools are feeding children processed foods which lack the proper nutrition needed throughout the day. Surprisingly, economic …show more content…
This question has been asked for years, and now there is data and science to back it up. Socioeconomic status is a mixture of economic and sociological measures of a person 's work experience as well as an economic and social position in relation to others. It is often based on a person’s or family’s income, education, and occupations. There are many reasons of why obesity relates with one 's social and economic position. One study in particular collected data from over 67 countries and collected data based on obesity and socioeconomic status. The results show that in a low-income country, high socioeconomic status has lead to the consumption of junk food and irregular physical activity, while individuals in high-income countries respond with a healthier lifestyle (Houle 2). This study proves that in the poor countries, families would rather eat cheaper foods with high calories than health food which can be very pricey. Conversely, high income countries have a healthier lifestyle because they can actually afford healthy foods. Diet is one of the leading causes of obesity. If families cannot afford healthy food due to their economy, then obesity will increase. Individuals who have a lower income and education have a higher chance of being obese. Consequently, obesity is one of the leading causes of increased health care cost. In fact, obesity health cost in America has reached a total cost of $147 billion (Wolfson, et al. 74). …show more content…
It is very unfortunate that parents, schools, and the government do not take action as they are watch thousands of children gain weight and lose confidence. Luckily, it 's not too late to act and end obesity in the United States. Parents need to take action and teach their children about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The government and schools around America must improve their menu as well as educate students on proper physical education. In addition, parents should get college degrees and increase their family 's income. Ultimately, future generations can prevent obesity by spreading the word and educating the youth on the impact obesity has on

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