Obesity : A Growing Problem

848 WordsMar 2, 20164 Pages
Obesity related illnesses contribute to over 300,000 deaths per year in the U.S. We are a nation of overfed under nourished people with obesity becoming a pandemic. Obesity was once thought to be exclusively a social problem; it is now classified as a medical problem. It is a multibillion dollar industry. Losing weight is not just as simple as exercising more and eating less, as our society has grown more complex the obesity rate has risen. Obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. today caused primarily by environmental conditions, food systems and lifestyle changes. Surroundings, demographics, opportunities or conditions of a person’s life are all influences that can shape the environment in which we live. Culture can definitely shape how we view obesity. In poorer areas they view obesity as a sign of money or success; being thick is the new beautiful in other cultures. In contrast, lower income areas have limited access to fresh unprocessed foods or healthier shopping options, less transportation, and the need to make their income stretch resulting in unhealthy food choices. Furthermore, environment and genetics affect our biochemistry long term which can drive our behaviors. “Stress plays a role in our childhood, a time when eating patterns and fat cells are programmed” (Lustig, 2013, P 68). Stress can continue to play a part in our biochemical make up throughout our life by affecting loss of sleep, raising cortisol levels thus promoting faster addiction issues. Increased

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