The Obesity Epidemic Of America Essay

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The Obesity Epidemic in America
Obesity in the United States continues to grow at an alarming rate and is currently at an all-time high. Approximately 66% of Adults are overweight and 36% are considered obese while 33% of the children and adolescents in America are overweight with a staggering 17% of them are obese according to the Center for Disease Control in November, 2015. Due to this epidemic, sociology has taken a look into the major sociological perspectives and I will be addressing some of the problems that the obese run into due to economic and social hindrances as well as the conflict theory perspective and interactionist perspective in this paper.
According to the Journal of American Medicine (JAMA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FRAC) more than one third of American adults are obese with a staggering 17% of children and adolescents (FRAC & JAMA)/ Due to the increase in daily calories, Americans have increased their daily consumption of food five times over the last decade ("Obesity in America). Although America is the land of plenty a high price is being paid not only physically but socially and emotionally but the excessive consumption of high calorie, fast food, and inadequate food availability.
Obesity can be looked as in many ways from genetics, environment, socioeconomic status, hunger, poverty and culture, but there is a contributing factor which is inactivity and inadequate or proper nutrition or just simply over eating due to portion control…

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