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Obesity: The Epidemic

Obesity: The Epidemic
When you hear the word epidemic you automatically associate it a deadly virus or disease. Would you believe me if I told you that obesity is considered an epidemic? Well now in the 21st century obesity has become a national epidemic. Obesity is a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the United States. The percentage of obese children and adults is steadily increasing due to the lack of physical exercise and the consumption of food with a higher fat content. Providing free nutritional programs along with free memberships to gyms can help with obesity.
A majority of the foods we eat are loaded with high calories, sugar, and fat and contribute to obesity. People spend
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In the article “Calorie Labeling Doesn’t Change Fast-Food Orders” Terbush (2011) said that according to a study led by Brian Elbel who is an assistant professor at NYU School of Medicine, shows that people did not change their food choices or the amount of calories they consumed. The study was done in low income areas in the city and had a control group in New Jersey. Wendy’s, Burger King, McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken are the food chains where the receipts of the consumers were collected for the study. The conclusion of the study showed the people still purchased the same amount of calories before and after the calorie labeling. Ebel said "What we're starting to see is that (labeling) won't be enough to influence obesity by itself in a large-scale way."
Obesity has increased in adults and children because they lack the physical exercise to work off the foods they consume. Obesity occurs when your weight is above an ideal weight range. According to ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate the BMI (Body mass index). With a BMI of 30 or more you are considered obese. Unfortunately the BMI measure has deficiencies because it does not consider the percentage of fat and muscle (Treating and Preventing Obesity: An Evidence Based Review, 2004, pg. 1). There are many factors that contribute to obesity;

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