The Prevalence Of Obesity In American Society

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There is no denying the prevalence of obesity in American society. According to the Federal Drug Administration, 64% of the American population is overweight and of that percentage, 30% are obese (“FDA’s Obesity Group Report”). Many chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and strokes result from the epidemic (Yun and Silk 276). A major factor causing these problems is Americans’ diets. Food choices are the core to a healthy lifestyle, and today’s society is filled with unhealthy eating habits. According to the FDA dietary guidelines, many Americans do not meet the recommended nutritional needs. About ¾ of Americans’ diets are low in vegetables, fruits, dairy, and oils. More than half of the population meet or exceed the regulated …show more content…
There are no dishes to clean and family members can order what they want. In a published study by Shannon Robonson, and colleagues, the perceptions of middle to high income families’ attitudes towards eating out showed that parents feel confident cooking, but by eating at a restaurant, conflicts with picky children are avoided due to the diverse meal choices. Eating at restaurants also solves the problem of after-school activities. Children may not be hungry after school, and the parents do not want to cook at such a late time when the school events are over. It is therefore more convenient to go to a fast-food restaurant and grab something quick to eat rather than preparing a …show more content…
In order to achieve this goal, there needs to be a revival of physical activity and nutrition awareness. Americans needs to exercise more, eat out less, quit buying heavily marketed junk food, and eat healthier despite the cost rumors. Though this will not be easy considering the countless obstacles Americans face, a improved lifestyle is possible through physical activity, a deepened knowledge of foods that are beneficial to the body, and an awareness of the food being consumed. In today’s technological society, information is available at our fingertips. There are countless sources on the internet regarding exercise and food that provide information on a healthier diet such as the Health.gov, FDA, and Make My Plate. These sources have information on what exercises to perform and what foods to eat, therefore making the transition to healthier lifestyle

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