Prevalence And Incidence Of Obesity In America

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We live in a culture that is obsessed with both food and body image. Due to the large amounts of easy access to cheap foods like brownies, cookies, and white bread, yet lack of consistent exercise, our society has become filled with overweight and obese Americans. In fact, overweight and obesity are the most common nutritional disorders in the United States. According to data collected from a national survey, “almost 68% of American adults 20 to 74 years of age were either overweight or obese in 2007 to 2008. Slightly over one third of these persons were overweight and slightly more than one third of them were obese. Between 1988-1994 and 2007-2008, the percentage of overweight adults remained about the same, but the percentage of obese adults …show more content…
By 2030 it is estimated that ½ of Americans will be considered obese according to a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The answer to this question is physiological factors, genetics, and environmental factors (like advertising, location, and occupation). In a recent study by Krista M.C. Cline and Kenneth F. Ferraro known as, “Does Religion Increase the Prevalence and Incidence of Obesity in Adulthood?” both Cline and Ferraro attempted to answer the question how big of a role our environment plays on our waistlines. According to the study, obesity and church denomination have a significant correlation to one another. In fact, in the study Baptists are said to be the most obese out of every denomination. According to Ferraro, Baptists were the most obese denomination due to the “less healthy eating patterns in the South, home to many Baptists. In the study we controlled for residency and still Baptist women were more likely to be obese. This trend could be related to the strong emphasis for Baptists to avoid alcohol and tobacco, and, as a result, many of them indulge in

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