Obesity : A Problem That Many People Face

1808 Words Apr 27th, 2016 8 Pages
Obesity, or being overweight, is definitely a problem that many people face in this day and age. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Weight that is higher than what is considered as a healthy weight for a given height is described as overweight or obese”(1). To determine what a healthy weight is, a tool called a Body Mass Index (BMI) is used. It indicates if a person is underweight, of normal weight, overweight, or obese by using the relationship between one’s height and weight in a given formula. In this formula, you divide one’s weight (in lbs.) by their height (in inches), then multiply by 703 to get their BMI. An individual is considered to overweight if their BMI number is between 25-29.9 and obese if it greater than and equal to 30. Over the last couple of decades in America, obesity has become more and more of a concern with more than one third of adults and about seventeen percent of children considered to obese today (CDC). While I was doing my research, there seems to be a debate on who is ultimately causing the sudden rise of the obesity in America. It has come to my attention that the debate has found itself stuck primarily between the food industry and individual’s responsibility for their own health, even though there are other contributing factors that play a part in this epidemic. Personally, I believe that the food industry is more to blame; however, both parties do contribute to the obesity epidemic in their own way.
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