Obesity Is Common, Serious And Costly

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Did you know that nearly two-thirds of adult Americans are overweight or obese? Imagine that! “Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person 's weight is greater than what 's considered healthy for his or her height” (Obesity Epidemic 1). Obesity is common, serious and costly. It is not only amongst Americans, but also all ethnic and racial groups, all ages and both men and women. It is not taken as serious as it should be and change needs to occur. Obesity may be hereditary or inherited. Hereditary obesity is having a history of overweight people in your family. Most people with a hereditary disease or medical complication are predestined to acquiring this condition unless they change their lifestyle. “Rising obesity represents a serious, global problem. It is now well established that obesity is associated with poverty and wealth inequality, suggesting that these factors may promote caloric intake (Ebscohost Obesity 1).” This means they don’t have the money to prepare full, healthy meals which results in the use of convenient stores where most of the foods are cheap and unhealthy. It is easier to buy a bag full of junk food than a bowl of salad for ten dollars. Healthy eating is not as enforced as it should be. Granted that most hospitals and schools are taking action to remove vending machines or replace
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