The Importance Of Teen Obesity

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The United States is known to be the most obese nation due to the increase in the obesity epidemic regarding young adults. One of the main causes of this drastic rise in obesity is the unhealthy eating habits of young adults. Fast food restaurants are seen almost everywhere which catches the attention of young adults because of it being both cheap and convenient for those who may not have sufficient time to prepare their own meal. Low income individuals also suffer the most from obesity because the prices of healthy foods are much more expensive than those of unhealthy foods; for example, junk food and meals from fast food restaurants are foods that are affordable at a cheap price. If there are no changes done by the government regarding …show more content…
If this takes place then being educated on the health problems will allow them to know the health problems that they can encounter in the future. The Department of Education should take action and start teaching students about how to choose good food and to be able to understand how the choices they make when choosing foods will have an affect on both their health and the environment. Having the students educated about how to choose the right foods will help the obesity epidemic decrease. Students being educated and understanding about the right choices to make when choosing foods will have a good effect and will improve the health of the students now as well as in the future. An online article, Teen Obesity: Is Lack Of Education The Real Cause?, on Huffington Post, claims that “It’s often said to be a lack of motivation, but for obese teens, the problem might be a lack of health education. A new study found that although 76 percent of obese teens have reported that they are trying to lose weight, their actions show that they might not be properly informed about how to make healthy decisions that will result in weight loss” (1). This also shows how many teens are not properly educated about how to eat healthy in order to try to lose weight. Even though some obese individuals want to make a change and try to and want to lose weight it is not possible without having the …show more content…
Individuals who have low incomes have the most complications when it comes to buying healthier foods because of the high prices of healthy foods. An online article, Eating Healthy vs. Unhealthy WIll Cost You $550 More Per Year, Study reveals, by Carey Polis, on The Huffington Post, shows a surprising statistic regarding the cost of foods when it states that “Unhealthy food is about $1.50 cheaper per day, or about $550 per year, than healthy food” (2). This statistic shows how much of a difference there is with the cost of purchasing unhealthy foods rather than healthy foods. Some consumers may not view the statistic as being expensive; but, individuals who receive low incomes may see it as a large amount of money. It supports that prices of healthy foods should be reduced. And instead healthy foods should be the ones with that statistic so that individuals can start living a healthier lifestyle without having to settle for unhealthy processed

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