Obesity, The World Epidemic Essay

1335 Words Oct 25th, 2015 6 Pages
Obesity, the World Epidemic Appalling research shows that in the year 2009, people with less than a high school degree had the highest obesity rate at 32.9%. High school graduates (29.5%) and college drop-outs (29.1%) have about the same obesity percentage, having only a 0.4% difference. College graduates have the lowest obesity rate of 20.8% (Insider Monkey). Recent estimates attribute about 112,000 deaths each year in the United States due to obesity (PDRhealth.com). Obesity has become a major epidemic in the United States due to poor nutrition and food choices, lack of physical activity and exercise, and depression. No one can deny that poor nutrition and food choices are a colossal cause of obesity in not only the United States, but all around the world. What many seem to not fully understand is the concept of portion size. Using portion sizes can assist in helping you to consume the appropriate amount of food for your body size or weight, taking into consideration the number of calories one needs to still have the energy your body needs but not consuming excess amounts that can turn into fat. In addition to not understanding portion sizes, most of the population eats unhealthy foods on a regular basis and do not seem to understand the harmful effects they have on your body and health. If one eats too little of the proper nutrients they need, their body will begin to impede, or slow down. In fact, many Americans depend on fast food on a daily basis because…

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