Obesity: Americans Need to Lose Weight Essay

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N. Jay Sorensen states in one of her articles about obesity in America “Obesity continues to be one of America's most mentioned topics in the media today. Often citing the increased incidence of disease because we American's are fat. Why, we eat out too often, we do not make the right menu choices, and most importantly--we are not active enough to compensate for the intake of high calorie foods consumed every day.” It is obvious that obesity is becoming a real issue because of food. Also, obesity is not only about the outlook, it has a serious comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, cancer, elevated cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks , strokes, and other chronic diseases. But whose fault is this? Can we only blame …show more content…

Trogdon, Joel W. Cohen and William Dietz in their data watch in health affairs “The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.” In other words, “cheap” food is the most expensive food; paying couple dollars as a down payment at the restaurant and the rest which is a couple thousands on the medical bill years later. The real cost of food is not on the price tag but in the ingredients list and how it was processed. Second of all, trying to pick the best places and the healthiest food is really hard and expensive and when it is found it gets boring because of limited choices. If somebody is willing to list the names of fast food restaurants he or she would be really bored counting them but if he or she was asked to list the fast food places that have healthy food it would be a hard task. Moreover, the rate of healthy food in their menus is limited so people will have limited choices getting healthy food. Consequently people will go back to meals that has disastrous ingredients like saturated fat. For example, Maya W. Paul and Lawrence Robinson state in their article about healthy fast food “A single meal of a Double Whopper with cheese, a medium order of fries, and an apple pie from Burger King contains more saturated fat than the American Heart Association recommends we consume in two days.” This is actually a calamity for

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