Synonymous with the growing fast food industry is the increasing problem of obesity. In addition, activity levels have decreased in conjunction with the rise in obesity. The current research has concentrated on food choices such as requiring a change to fruits and vegetables in relation to fast food, snacking or measure physical activity for weight loss and to reduce the incidence of obesity. Future weight loss programs should look at not only food restriction or activity levels but what combination is the best method for long-term outcomes in health and weight loss, and if this naturally leads to a reduction in the consumption of fast
Desperate times call for desperate measures, because the obesity epidemic is only growing we must find a way to combat unhealthy eating habits before it’s too late. In the United States heart disease, all cancers, stroke, and diabetes are among the top ten causes of death. People all around the world are eating themselves
In today’s growing world, fad diets seem to be all the rage. As obesity rates are increasing more and more each year with 1/3 of the population overweight and 1/3 of the population obese, many people are trying everything that they can to lose weight. With people in our nation because too busy to exercise, too busy to make healthy meals, and healthy foods being too expensive, many people turn to these fad diets to help control their weight or help them lose their weight. One of the most known fad diet is the Weight Watchers program. The purpose of this study is to find out using both creditable and not so creditable sources if this fad diet actually works.
“…So many people want to know about diets because so many people are going to try them, but they don’t work … some weight will be lost temporarily.” Harvey Diamond, author, was speaking. “But let me ask you something – do you want to be healthy temporarily? No. But you want to lose weight temporarily. They’re – They have failures built right into them.”
“Come on! It’s simple, just get up off your butt and stop eating so darn much,” a common phrase used when with addressing modern obesity. Yet, this fairly recent epidemic continues to plague and destroy around 93 million Americans (The Issue). Although, with Michael Obama’s “Let’s Move” Campaign making a head wave, the hope for a healthy tomorrow has been restored in the hearts of many Americans. Along those same lines it seems that these days you cannot turn on the TV or Radio without seeing an ad for this Gym or that weight lost supplement. Such items and services also suggest that we as individuals can exercise and never worry about the big, bad condition known as obesity. With all these resources,
Many Americans are looking for a quick and easy fix to their weight problems which in turn can cause an even greater problem in the future. More often than not if diets don’t work it’s because they are misled in believing that they will lose weight with little to no effort.
Nowadays, undergoing weight loss is one of the major controversial issues facing America. Many believe that what you consume is more important than how much you consume. While others argue that in order to lose weight you must lose more calories than the calories you consume. Although both sides may be true, after reviewing the sources provided I have concluded that what you consume can be more important when trying to undergo weight loss.
Obesity has become a symbol of our American culture and ways of life. Across the U.S. Americans are eating for a multitude of reasons; socially, emotionally, and nutritional. Becoming overweight does not happen overnight, it’s a gradual process that’s ignored. It is estimated sixty-eight percent of Americans are overweight, with thirty-four percent obese. Eating comes easy when the meals prepared are delicious; whether baked or fried, simmered over a heated grill. A large amount of people does not take time out to read the packaging labels for nutritional values in a lot of the foods that’s purchase; the ingredients on most labels are not that hard to understand concerning the calories, sugar, or saturated fat, which is not good. However,
In the United States, it seems that the public has constructed endless ‘solutions’ to the country’s rising weight epidemic, from fad diets to nutrition programs. According to Harvard University’s The Nutrition Source, “roughly two out of three U.S. adults are overweight or obese (69 percent) and one out of three is obese (36 percent)” (“An Epidemic”, par. 2). Interestingly enough, the majority of the ‘wonder’ regimens lack crucial aspects for effective weight-loss: Proper nutrition, incorporation of physical activity, and an individualized plan for calorie intake. Moreover, the various nutrition programs that have been implemented lack the depth and effective approach to produce continuous significant results towards the fight against obesity. When analyzing the fundamentals of fad diets and nutritional programs, we should ask ourselves a very important question: What are the flaws behind America’s approach to solving its obesity and malnutrition epidemic?
According to Alyssa Brown, “51% of adults want to lose weight, [but] barely half as many (25%) say they are seriously working towards that goal. This discrepancy between Americans’ weight-loss desires and behaviors has existed for years”(Brown). According to society, the definition of a healthy person is someone who exercises often and eats healthy foods. Even though people want to be healthy, becoming healthy is a hard task. Surely it is much easier to lay around at home and eat chips than to work out at the gym. Maybe this is why obesity rates are on the rise. A medical study estimates that “75% of the U.S. population will be classified as overweight or obese or obese by the year 2020” (NewsMax). People wonder, what is the solution to this
Obesity, the condition of being severely overweight, is a serious issue in the United States that is gradually beginning to affect more and more citizens. In recent years, the number of Americans suffering from this chronic disease has significantly increased. Researchers have found that nearly one third of the U.S. population is considered overweight and, on average, three hundred thousand individuals die yearly as a result of obesity (Hollands et al. 2). When one participates in little to no physical activity and their diet consists mostly of high fat foods, chances are they will gain weight. If someone becomes obese, they may develop serious health related issues that, in some cases,
Healthy habits in the U.S. has started to drop even as early as the year 1920. These unhealthy eating and exercising habits are what eventually leads to morbid obesity. Obesity in America has become an issue so fast growing, the chance to stop it in its tracks went out the window years ago. Obesity has become a matter so synonymous with America that it is not only a running joke in other countries, but also has become commercialized to the point of making millions of dollars. Weight loss is seen walking down a street, on TV, in magazines, and everywhere else. Weight-loss drugs began to appear in media around the 1920s. Companies then started making money on people being overweight in America. Americans actually getting healthy, at this point in time, overall, would actually cause those companies to lose money. The American Medical Association has been in intense debate on whether or not to consider obesity a disease. On one hand, there are many physicians and doctors who believe that it should be considered a disease, as it leads to early onset Type II diabetes. While on the other hand, it is up to the volition of an individual for whether or not to eat in a healthy manner, exercise responsibly, and to stray away from nutritionally poor and otherwise negatively calorie dense foods (Brown, 2015, para.
The rise of health concerns continues to proliferate throughout the country from increasing obesity rates to the astonishing number of our population with high blood pressure or diabetes. It’s enough to make anyone want to second-guess everything they eat and put in into their bodies. We ask our doctor’s, and ourselves “what can be done?” Eat right, and exercise. Those are the parameters for maintaining a healthy life. So it’s only natural that across the board we’ve got numerous exercise programs to help you lose weight fast or build lean muscle. Then we’ve got every diet under the sun, the no carb diet, high protein diet and all juice diets. Through research we can find and utilize programs and healthy habits that we can practice
Everyday it is possible to open up an issue of “Men’s Fitness” or “Muscle and Fitness” or “Modern Woman” or “TIME” or any magazine for that matter, and find the “new and/or improved” way to lose weight, improve the quality of life, or extend your years working towards the other two goals. Almost all of the methods prescribed can work; some are exercise and some are diet. For the most part though, achieving diet or exercise goals requires one to have great discipline. It has been proven, by each of these diet deveopers, that the diets they prescribe will work if the individual will just manage his caloric intake.