Essay on The Effects Of Obesity On The United States

1930 Words Dec 12th, 2016 8 Pages
Global data shows that yearly that chronic disease are claiming more lives. Nowadays approximately half of the American adult suffer from one or more chronic disease. What makes this data so shocking is the fact that chronic diseases are the most preventable and yet it is the leading cause of death in the United States. Chronic diseases may cause limitations of activities, health, work and overall function of a person’s life and thus affect their family life as well. Obesity is amongst the chronic disease affecting Americans today, more specific childhood and adolescent obesity. Obesity is affecting roughly 12.7 million children and adolescents in the U.S. Data shows that obesity has become a major problem amongst New Yorkers with a 34% being overweight and 22% obese. Although obesity prevalence varies between race and ethnicity, obesity among children and adolescents has a higher prevalence in Hispanics by approximately 22.4% followed by the non-Hispanic blacks by an approximately 20.2% and opposed to the non-Hispanic whites whose obesity prevalence is approximately 14.1% as well as low income populations. If the obesity epidemic remains unchecked then obesity will become a threat to life expectancy and quality of life in the United States. Those children and adolescent suffering from obesity have an increased high risk of death, due to obesity being associated with several other chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke due to the increased…

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