Obesity Is Not A Choice Essay

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Weighted Down: Obesity Is Not A Choice

Obesity has become a leading cause of death and disease in America. Despite years of efforts to reduce obesity in America, Federal health officials reported that although years spent working to reduce obesity in America has not affected this epidemic. The portion of obese Americans had a slight increase in numbers (Tavernise). Sixty-eight percent of adults and eighteen percent of children living in America are either overweight or obese. Our nation and our individuals will suffer if every person living in America does not start looking at this epidemic as critically important. Obesity is not a person’s destiny. It is preventable which may be why it causes such frustration for any person that is
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Obesity is not a choice, yet you have people who feel they are completely justified by making cruel remarks or giving a person struggling with obesity looks of disgust. A person is not obese due to laziness or lack of willpower. There are many more issues that have caused this epidemic and it has become clear that changes have to be made. This is a battle that belongs to every single person. It cannot be fought by simply a few. We as communities must bring this to the forefront of the cities we live in and show them statistically what will happen if we do not get this epidemic under control. Healthcare will continue to climb. Death and diseases from obesity will worsen. Children will die at earlier ages and the quality of life for these individuals will suffer. Depression, suicide, and lack of social networks are prevalent among obese individuals. Empathy needs to be part of the solution. Fat shaming has to be stopped and understanding needs to be broadened. Obesity can happen to anyone. It is a disease just like cancer. The only real difference is it is preventable and oftentimes reversible. A person can lose just seven percent of their body weight and see a reduction in disease processes (The Weight). To really help stop and eventually reverse obesity especially among the poverty stricken people, we have to start realizing the issues in broader terms as opposed to individual. We have to look at ways to start improving the environments in the lower income neighborhoods by working with them on a physical and social scale. Neighborhood and community intervention programs may make all the difference in the lives of these individuals

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