Essay on The Effects Of Obesity On The United States

1497 Words Jan 10th, 2016 6 Pages
Statistics on Obesity

Illnesses that are linked or related to obesity have murdered more people than smoking, the AIDS epidemic, and the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. Coronary heart disease and diabetes are the highest causes of death in the United States, and have had a significant effect on global death rates (Badilas 256).

“Projections by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that by the year 2025 levels of childhood and adult obesity may reach as high as 50% in the United States, 40% in Australia, and over 20% in Brazil” (Badilas 256).

There is a strong correlation between the rise in the percentage of Americans who are obese and the rise in the use of corn syrup. In fact, the increase in obesity and the amount

of corn syrup consumed rise at almost the same rate. A positive health care action would be to take subsidies on corn and place them upon a diverse farming industry that includes a wider variety of foods that promote good health (Badilas 268).

“More than half of American adults were now considered overweight, with nearly one-quarter of the adult population — 40 million people — clinically defined as obese” (Moss).

“Among children, the rates had more than doubled since 1980, and the number of kids considered obese had shot past 12 million. (This was still only 1999; the nation’s obesity rates would climb much higher)” (Moss).

“Today, one in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids, and 24 million…

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