Causes Of Obesity In America

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Obesity is a big problem in the United States today. According to Harvard Women's Health Watch, “33% of American adults are obese, compared with 15% in the late 1970s. More than 60% of women are overweight or obese”. When it comes to losing weight, many people devotedly believe in the 80/20 rule, which is what and how a person eats is 80% of the effort in losing weight. This is somewhat disconcerting if these people live in America because of the obesity epidemic currently going on, which is caused by the many problems concerning America’s diet. One of the more important problems causing the obesity epidemic is portion control. Portion control, or the lack thereof, is a very important matter when it comes to eating healthy. Oversized…show more content…
Further assessment of this can make an individual realize that many stores and restaurants have increased the size of their products, but have not pinpointed an exact reason why. Maybe is has to do with the cost and/or efficiency of producing food products. Whatever the reason may be, it is not going by without consequences.
Not only has there been a trend in increasing portion sizes, but the presence of oversized portions in stores and restaurants has also contributed to recent obesity epidemics. It is a widely known fact that there is a correlation between overeating and obesity, as well as obesity and major health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. In Jumbo Portions Lead to Overeating, Study Confirms, there is talk of a research that directly proves the correlation between portions served and the amount of food eaten. The article states,“The researchers analyzed the results of 61 high-quality studies involving more than 6,700 participants. The study, published Sept. 14 in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, found that people routinely offered larger portion sizes consistently ate more food and drank more non-alcoholic beverages. /This effect didn't vary much between men and women or by body mass index (a measure used to assess a healthy weight), the study authors said” (“Jumbo Portions Lead” 1). This shows a clear connection between the
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