Obesity in the United States

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    Obesity is excessive body weight that accumulates over time from being overweight. When a person consumes more energy than they can expend it causes health problems and can lead to obesity. Obesity is defined 20% above the ideal weight of a person’s height, gender, and age. Many people are affected with this nutritional disorder. The U.S. is comprised of 31% adult men, 36% adult women, and 17% of children with obesity: obesity is the most common in American teens and children. There are many things that can cause this nutritional disorder such as: Cushing’s syndrome. Hypothyroidism, neurological disturbances, certain drugs, physical activity, eating habits, and cultural factors. Obesity can have many symptoms and health related issues. Many…

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    Obesity and its associated comorbidities such as heart disease and type II diabetes have become a major public health concern in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “More than one-third of U.S. adults are obese; and 20.6% of adolescents age 12-19 are classified as obese”(CDC). As these numbers continue to grow, people are beginning to question the cause of this epidemic. There are several factors contributing to Americas weight problem including…

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    Obesity in the United States has been a growing problem and it’s not just in adults. The percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an frightening rate. One out of every three kids are now considered overweight or obese. Growing up, one thing that nearly every student has in common is school. Students spent on average eight hours a day there. So schools should be the first institutions to help fight childhood obesity by promoting eating healthy and being active. Schools…

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    The United States of America was not always a country of fast food eating Americans. It was only sixty-five years ago, that we were eating food portions that were four times smaller than what we eat today. Yet over the same time span South Korea has not spawned the health problems that plague the U.S. In the 1950s, obesity and diabetes were not the huge dilemma that they are today. The American diet has drastically changed over the years and while a variety of arguments can be made about the…

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    Fast Food and Obesity By: Adriana Gutierrez How much fast food do kids in the United States eat on a daily basis? In the United States 1 out of 3 children and teens eat fast food every day. This can cause obesity and other diet related health problems. People choose fast food over other foods because it is cheap and quick. Luckily, they say the quality of fast food is changing. Children and Fast Food Older children and teens are more likely to eat fast food because during lunch they can…

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    Secondly, the article notes that fast food is common because most of the people cannot afford real food. For instance, the author notes that about half of the population receives food stamps at an average of $5 daily. While the amount is ideally not enough, it is possible that one can survive on it daily. As the Congressman asserts, the nation’s food deserts that also receive food stamps have the highest rates of obesity. Ryan notes that Mississippi, with the highest obesity rate in the country,…

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    Obesity is classified by the United States government as a disease and needs to be treated as so. Questions have been asked about obesity and its effects for the last few years as the obesity population had risen. The government has put few restrictions in place to help prevent obesity, even though it has been the third leading cause of death in America. Obesity can be caused by overeating and lack of exercise, but it has astounding after-effects. Due to obesity, Americans can acquire other…

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    The Controversy of Obesity Obesity is a major problem in America. The numbers of obese people in the United States have steadily increased since the 1970’s. Over a fourth of the population in America is obese, leading it to be the among the most obese countries in the world. Obesity can be solved. Obesity can come with depression, it is cheaper to eat the foods that cause it, and people know the risks of being obese; although, they do nothing to change it. First, it is obvious junk food is…

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    Body mass index, or BMI, is a calculation based on the ratio of a person’s height and a person’s weight ("Defining Adult Overweight and Obesity.") The equation to find this is BMI equals a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by a person’s height squared. A healthy BMI for adults is around 18.5 and 24.9. Overweight adults typically have a body mass index between 25 and 29.9. Obesity is a BMI that measures thirty or higher. Obesity is and has been a growing problem in children and adults…

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    Obesity is one of the most widespread leading causes of preventable deaths in the United States. More than one-third of U.S. citizens are obese, due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Many factors contribute to the onset of obesity, such as individual behaviors, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, and hereditary. People on the verge of obesity, or whom already are obese, choose foods that are high in sugars and fats, which is very unhealthy. Unhealthy foods are much cheaper and more…

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