The Causes Of Obesity In America

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Due to poor American diets and lifestyles, obesity has become an ever increasing problem in today’s society. Work, leisure time, and what Americans eat all contribute to the explosion of obesity. The average American spends over fifty five percent of his waking hours sitting down. In less than forty years, obesity in the U.S. has increased by over fifty percent. Now, two of every three adults in America are overweight or obese. (Obesity in America, 2012). Nearly one out of every three children in America is overweight or obese. Fifty six percent of eight year olds and seventy eight percent of nine to thirteen years olds consume soft drinks daily. A third of teenage girls and boys consume at least three cans of soda a day. Each twelve ounce …show more content…
In some cases, genetics are reasonable but in most it is a combination of complicated behaviors. In order to control the epidemic, scientists must first understand how it works. Researchers have studied the relationship between physical activity in the workplace and obesity in over the past several decades. Twenty five percent of Americans say they get the right amount of leisure-time exercise, but studies have found that the about five percent of adults actually do. Walking only thirty minutes a day is enough leisure-time exercise the average adult needs. (Obesity in America, …show more content…
Cheap and convenient food can be a good thing, but it’s those foods that are causing Americans to get fat. Nonperishable foods and foods that are mass-produced are the main food items that are the worst for us. Potato chips, sugary dinks, and packaged goods are easy to buy and can be very temping. While fruits and vegetables have become more accessible over the last decade, it isn’t changing anything. This is because they are being eaten instead of unhealthy choices, rather they are being eaten in addition to them. In the 1930’s, Americans spent a quarter of their income on food. Now, we spend less than a tenth. (Cheap Food Blamed,

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