Obesity : A Negative Consequences For Individuals And Society

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Awareness of body weight increases proportionally to the growing obesity rates in the US. The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) states 78.6 million, or 34.9% of all US adults, are obese (CDC). This phenomenon is beyond absurd. The ease and convenience of fatty fast foods, salt laden quick meals, and high-fructose corn syrup in a majority of foods, such as soft drinks, juices, and snacks, contributes to weight gain. Add in sedentary lifestyles such as office jobs, couch potato’ing, etc. with little to no physical activity and this weight gain goes unchecked Obesity contributes significantly to increased health complications and healthcare costs. The risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and certain types of cancer are increased through obesity; the healthcare costs for the US in 2008 was $147 billion, $1,429 higher for obese patients than healthy weight patients (CDC). Obesity has many negative consequences for individuals and society. I can’t think of many positive outcomes from large weight gains. One positive result would be an individual gaining the motivation to monitor his/her nutrition intake, physical exercise, and, to a smaller extent, rest. Low carb diets, usually referred to as low-carb diets, have been adopted by many groups and individuals to curb obesity. This approach focuses on nutrition. Many also use the buzzword “metabolism” to explain how these diets work to increase your body’s cellular processes to help you lose weight. Google search
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