Argumentative Essay On Obesity

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The love that Americans have for food is no secret nor is the fact that the U.S is considered one of the fattest countries in the world. Americans are now consuming three times as much food than they were in the 1970s. The reasoning behind the dramatic decline in health is controversial, but the unnecessary larger portion sizes, repetitive consumption of processed foods, and lack of education on how to create a healthy and balanced diet are indisputable as to why the obesity epidemic has grown so rapidly. Age groups ranging from 18 to 27 also known as Generation X have a greater chance to cease the obesity epidemic since they are the upcoming generation. Obesity is a disorder involving excessive body fat that increases the risk of health problems. Obesity is not only being overweight. According to the The Campaign to End Obesity, obesity can be related to 60 different diseases. Heart disease, osteoarthritis, and diabetes are just some of the few deadly diseases you can develop. Obesity is common, serious, and costly. David Zinczenko, a writer for the The New York Times revealed in Don’t Blame the Eater today's cost for the treatment of diabetes adds up to a whopping amount of $100 billion a year(5). Sooner or later, Americans will find themselves in a life of painful finger pricks, insulin injections, and consistently suffering from restless nights caused by sleep apnea. Although obesity is complex, it does not discriminate. Men, women, children, and people of all nationalities can be affected. In order to understand the cause of obesity, Americans must understand the most basic element, a calorie. In the simplest form, a calorie is the amount of energy required to raise about 2 pounds of water by 1°C. Essentially a calorie turns into energy. When Americans consume highly processed foods the body does not need as many calories to break it down. If Americans were to be consuming protein, such as chicken or fish the body would be burning more calories in order to process the protein. Another example would be when a comparison was made between a cupcake and a cup of Greek yogurt containing nuts and berries. Karen Ansel author of “All Calories Are Equal? How To Make Them Count?” informs the reader how the

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