Obesity And Over Eating Habits

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According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2015), “the rate of obesity among adults and children have doubled since the 1980s” and “approximately one-third of the US adult population and nearly one-fifth of children between the ages of 2-19 are classified as obese”. The government can take a different stance to reverse this issue by redirecting subsidies to food companies influencing the food market, promoting a preventative stance (instead of reactive) on health care coverage tax breaks, and changing the children’s public school curriculum and regulating the practice the “food industry” spends on advertising unhealthy and processed foods to children. Research indicates that although personal choices may lead to healthier habits, the influence government currently has regarding the obesity epidemic can have a heavier impact on reforming our culture of unhealthy lifestyle habits.

Obesity and over-eating habits have become a growing problem among our society. Foods become addicting when they are high in salts, sugars, and fats. These combinations of foods are considered by Kessler (2009) to be “hyperpalatable” foods, or addictive foods that cause a pleasurable feeling that triggers the brain. Food addictives “such as high fructose corn syrup are artificially processed and cause the release of dopamine, a natural drug in the body, to be released to the nucleus accumbems (the fore-front of…

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