Obesity And The Behavioral Rate Of Overweight Adults Essay

826 Words Jun 5th, 2016 4 Pages
Every culture has a different way of “being.” They have different traditions and customs that are passed down from generation to generation. Alongside all of their practices and beliefs, every culture has their set of norms. A norm is an expected standard of behavior and belief within a given culture that is usually implicitly passed from one generation to the next. Today, over two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese. In order for a person to gain enough weight to be considered obese they must consume more calories than they burn. Cultural and biological factors contribute to the behavioral rate of overweight adults in America. Over eating, lack of movement through out the day, and stress eating contribute highly to obesity. 1.8 Million years ago, Homo erectus was formed; this meant that we became fully human, with bigger brains and thicker skulls. Because of our bigger brains, Homo erectus, needed to consume higher quality proteins for fuel and energy. Meat-rich diets did just that! In order to get these meat diets Homo erectus had to hunt and gather, instead of eating whatever they planted, which meant a lot of moving and exercising. This was their way of living and their social norm. They ate a lot of more fatty foods but kept healthy with their constant moving.
Fast-forward to today’s society sedentary lifestyles is extremely normal. A sedentary lifestyle is when a person tends to spend much of their time seated and not active. Because…

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