Essay about The Effects Of Obesity On The United States

1862 Words May 3rd, 2016 null Page
In recent years, several various news outlets have reported on the increase of obesity in the United States. While it is easy to point the finger at the rise of capitalism and the ease of access to calorically dense, nutritionally empty fast food, the one thing that is often overlooked is the lack of resources in rural areas. Not only are rural areas often overlooked in general, their lack of available healthcare and often “food desert” status leaves rural areas underrepresented in terms of health and fitness. The National Library of Medicine defines obesity in general as “[…] having too much body fat. […] that a person 's weight is greater than what 's considered healthy for his or her height” (omitted passages defining the difference between obesity and simply overweight), and this definition seems to be fairly simple to understand. There is, however, the use of the Body Mass Index scale, which uses height and weight to calculate a healthy mass index for the individual. The BMI is broken up into 4 categories: underweight, for those with a BMI less than 18.5, Normal Weight for those between 18.5 and 24.9 points, Overweight for those between 25 and 29.9, and finally Obese for those with a BMI at 30 points of above. Obesity by Alexandra Brewis uses the BMI as an option for determining a “healthy” weight for individuals, but does also examine the faults of the system— for example, how technically, under the BMI scale, former…

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