Obesity Solution

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In recent years, the problem of being grossly overweight, or obese has become rampant among Americans. In fact, an alarming number of persons are suffering from obesity today (Selimyan). According to Selimyan, “In the United States, the obesity rates in children doubled during past three decades and quadrupled in adolescents. About one-third of all adults are obese and two-thirds are overweight in the United States” (Selimyan). With this in mind, research has surprisingly shown that “obese young adults and middle-agers in the U.S. are likely to lose almost a decade of life on average, as compared with their non-obese counterparts. Given our obesity rates, that means Americans who are alive today can collectively expect to sacrifice 1 billion …show more content…
The most common solution is to blame a culprit, fast food, which does have some merit to it, but there are many reasons why this solution is unrealistic and there is much more that needs to be done to resolve the problem of obesity; for example, doctors should be primarily concerned with educating their patients on obesity, and encouraging them to use this knowledge to further help their children to follow a healthy lifestyle …show more content…
First, to suggest that everyone should be avoiding fast food altogether is unrealistic. When in fact, we should be furthering the education of patients who are obese. Secondly, this type of thinking, to completely cut out fast food is completely one-sided and impractical. In particular, to presume that everyone can cut out fast food altogether, with the lives of Americans becoming as busy as they are, with kids, work, school and more, is unmanageable. Indeed, educating Americans of the health risks of obesity is undoubtedly a vital issue that should be addressed. However, with doctors giving this vastly one-sided solution, fast food has become stigmatized in the eyes of Americans. Not to mention, in this day and age, it is clearly unrealistic to expect anyone to abstain from fast food without wavering. In fact,in a controversial article, “How Junk Food Can End Obesity”, David Freedman discusses why it is unrealistic and unnecessary that Americans give up on fast food entirely. He states that so-called “wholesome and healthy food” is not any better for you just for the reason that it is labeled “wholesome” or “organic; in fact, some of the low-calorie alternatives found at fast food chain restaurants are found to just have nutritional as the “wholesome” alternatives (Freedman 4).

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