Obesity : The Fastest Growing Disease Essay

2509 Words Nov 17th, 2016 11 Pages
Obesity is one of the fastest growing diseases in the world today with more than one-third of US adults and one-in-six US children considered obese, according to the Center for Disease Control (2014). Over the past few decades, obesity has more than doubled within the US, increasing from 15% of Americans in 1990 to over 36% of Americans in 2014 (CDC). Not only is obesity increasing rapidly within the US, but researchers have found that obesity is also more prevalent in ethnic minorities than in the general population, and is most common in people with Hispanic backgrounds. Obesity is also more prevalent in those with low incomes and in poorer countries (CDC, 2014). This stood out to me due to the fact that I come from a Hispanic background, and live in a town where 68% of the population is Hispanic (City-Data, 2013). In my hometown of Porterville, California, the the median household income is also $20,000 less than the California Average (City-Data, 2013). As obesity is known to cause many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, I am concerned for the future of my family, community members, and fellow Americans.
In order to try and solve the obesity epidemic within the Hispanic community and the world in general, one must first understand the causes of obesity. Obesity is often caused by a combination of different factors, including physical activity, diet, and genetics or culture. Changes in society over the past 20-30 years have affected these…

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