Effects Of Obesity On The United States Essay

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Metabolic syndrome is the umbrella term used for a variety of risk factors that increases the risk of heart disease and other health problems. Five conditions that are metabolic risk factors are: high Body Mass Index, insulin resistance, low HDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high fasting blood sugar. Obesity, an example of a metabolic disorder, has been the focus of research and medical discussions because of the alarming impacts that it is having on the health of millions of citizens in the United States. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention growth charts, last year 17% of children in America from age 2-9 were obese and 32% were overweight (Blumberg, 559). As a result, obesity costs the U.S. healthcare more than $200 billion and these costs will continue to increase as the number of obese individuals escalates (Janesick 2016, 559). Contemporary debates regarding the increase of obesity are dominated by a personal responsibility frame. However, the most impacting factor for obesity in the United States is income. With farm subsidies, the price of soft drinks decreased by 23% between 1985 and 2000, meanwhile the cost of fruits and vegetables increased by 40% (SG5 Lecture Notes, 11/8/16). Based off the Bureau of Labor Statistics the cost of unhealthy foods has dramatically fallen while the price of fruits and vegetables has inflated. Not surprisingly, being poor is often linked to the consumption of cheaper high-fat food, which increase the risk
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