Effects Of Obesity On The United States

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Obesity is the cause of almost 300,000 thousand deaths annually in the United States. It is one of the most preventable and treatable diseases today. There is a variety of reason why obesity is increasing. Many Americans aren’t very physically active now days and with the thousands of television shows and movies out now most people would rather sit on their couch and watch TV then go out and do something physical. Also the surrounding environment plays a big role on why obesity is on the rise in America. Such as the lack of sidewalks, safe places for recreation, and the overly portioned cheap fast food restaurants on almost every corner. In the United Stated more than two thirds of adults are obese. Overweight and obesity are typically…show more content…
Also relying on cars instead of walking, fewer physical demands at work or at home because of modern technology and conveniences, and lack of physical education in schools. Our environment does not support healthy lifestyle habits at all. The lack of access to healthy foods declines in lower income areas. Some neighborhood super markets that do sell healthy food such as fresh fruits and vegetables are too costly. Also Americans are surrounded by ads from food companies. Often children are the targets of advertising for high-calorie, high-fat snacks and sugary drinks. This makes kids think that eating this way is acceptable and lead into un healthy habits as adults. Genes and family history are also a major cause of overweight and obese adults. A study carried out by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, showed that identical twins that have been raised apart show that genes have a strong influence on a person’s weight. Overweight and obesity tends to run in families. Your chances of being overweight are greater if one or both of your parents are overweight or obese. Your genes also affect the amount of fat you store on your body and where you store it. Parents are huge influences on their children. If a child’s parents have high calorie diets and poor physical activity habits carry over to their children. Health conditions also affect a person’s weight. Imbalances in person’s hormones may
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