Obesity Has Become An Enormous Problem

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Obesity in America In the United States today, obesity has become an enormous problem. In the last three decades, the number of people overweight has increased dramatically. A study done by the Centers of Disease Control showed that since 1980, one third of our adult population has become overweight. America is the richest but also the fattest nation in the world, and our obese backsides are the butt of jokes in every other country (Klein 28). The 1980s were a time when Americans suddenly started going crazy over dieting, jumping onto the treadmills, and buying prepackaged non-fat foods. However, while all of that was going on, the number of obese Americans began to increase. Approximately 34.9% of people in America are obese. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, fifty eight million people in our country weigh over 20 percent of their bodies ideal weight.The article “Fat Times” states, “If this were about tuberculosis, it would be called an epidemic” (Elmer-Dewit 58). The eating habits of society have steadily become more harmful and have started to produce gluttonous children, over-indulgent adults, and a food industry set too much on satisfying our appetites. Obesity can begin at a young age. Fifteen to twenty five percent of American children and adolescents are now obese. These children are setting themselves up for serious health problems later in life. Children overweight also tend to feel less secure, less happy, and be
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