Effects Of Nutrition On The Rise Among Americans Of All Ages

2120 WordsSep 28, 20149 Pages
Rates of obesity are on the rise among Americans of all ages. Improper nutrition is a major contributor to this ongoing health crisis. In the United States, neither adults nor children regularly consume the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables. Lots of smartphone applications on the market attempt to improve caloric and nutritional intake. Many leverage the power of social influence to improve compliance with dietary guidelines, but none of the applications currently available attempt to leverage the most powerful influence on most of our lives – our families. For the purpose of this study I will use a variety of design research methods to examine and evaluate the nutritional challenges facing a sample of middle-income…show more content…
More than one third of adults in the US are obese, and 8.4% of children age 2-5, almost 18% of children aged 6-11 and 20.5% of kids aged 12-19 are considered obese (Ogden, Carroll, Kit & Flegal, 2014). In 2008, obesity was estimated to cost the United States $147 billion dollars (Finkelstein, Trogdon, Cohen & Dietz, 2009). The rates of obesity among Americans of all ages points to a lack of nutrition education and a lack of cultural and institutional support for healthy eating habits. A 2005 study warned that the youngest generation of Americans is at risk of being the first in American history to have a life expectancy shorter than that of their parents. This decrease in life expectancy was attributed to the steep rise of obesity in American children. The study warned that over the coming decades, life expectancy for the average American could fall by as much as five years unless efforts are made to stem the rising rate of obesity and the increased occurrence of chronic illness that accompanies it (National Institutes of Health, 2005). Individual changes to health behaviors do not have to be drastic in order to produce significant positive health effects. Studies have found that a modest 5-10 percent drop in weight can create significant improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011). Small changes can pay big health dividends in the long run. Better health is combination of both physical activity and reduced
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