What Is The Cause Of Obesity

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Obesity is taking the world by storm. It is becoming more and more popular, but it is also becoming more and more preventable. In the past ten years alone, obesity statistics have at least doubled and in some age groups, tripled. Along with the increase in the statistics, the amount of solutions to the problem has also doubled. Obesity has always been a problem throughout time, but it is more of a modern day problem. The main cause of obesity is simply that people aren’t aware of the problem. Also, people aren’t aware of what is healthy and what is unhealthy and how exercise plays such a vital role in staying healthy. The disease of obesity should be brought to the public’s attention because it is such a dangerous and deadly problem. Obesity …show more content…
The most dangerous cause of obesity is technology. Every day people spend more and more time in front of a screen. An example of this is, “Follow the advice of the American Academy of Pediatrics and limit media time for children to no more than one to two hours of quality programming per day. In 2009, 33% of 5th through 7th grade students reported watching more than 3 hours of television per day” (Green, Riley, and Hargrove 4). Due to the increase in technology there are more ways to spend time in front of a screen rather other than a television or computer. Now they have smartphones and tablets and adults aren’t the only ones that have them. Children everywhere are starting to get smart phones and tablets at a young age resulting in them spending more time using those then doing things that can benefit their health. The increase of fast food places also plays a huge role in the increase of obesity. An example of this would be, “Furthermore, consumption of fast foods two times or more per week has been independently associated with a 31% higher prevalence of moderate abdominal obesity in men and a 25% higher prevalence in women.” (Jaworowska 3). A cause for the increase in fast food intake is that there are constantly new fast food places being put in across the country. Whether it is more of a certain chain or a brand new chain they are everywhere. Since there is more fast food restaurants popping up across the country it also results in another problem that contributes to obesity. That problem would be, “In addition, foods high in total calories, sugars, salt, and fat, and low in nutrients are highly advertised and marketed through media targeted to children and adolescents, while advertising for healthier foods is almost nonexistent in comparison” (“A Growing Problem” 1). There are more

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