Obesity Is Not An Isolated, Personal Matter

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Obesity, a health condition commonly characterized by the excessive accumulation and retention of fat in the body, is found in more than twenty-eight percent of adults. This statistic found in 2015 is a new high for obesity rates with a two and a half percentage increase since 2008. This represents an increase of about six million American adults. With the addition of about seventeen percent of children and teens aged two to nineteen years old also being affected by this health condition, about a total of seventy-eight million US citizens are at risk for an array of health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or even cancer because of obesity. The causes of obesity vary. One definitely directly develops obesity through their own…show more content…
As a child, I was taught that if I were to follow the amount guidelines of the food pyramid for the different food categories, I would be able to eat healthily and be skinny, but I now know that the food pyramid is completely false and outdated. Since the issuing of the food pyramid guidelines in 1980, there has been little revision done by the government to update these guidelines. The most recent revision only placed a cap on added sugars, but that’s it. The original food pyramid and dietary recommendations were not based on clinical trials, which means that actual humans were not evaluated to test if these dietary recommendations were effective. Instead, they used a method known as Prospective Epidemiology, which is mainly observational studies. They did this by sending out questionnaires to people asking about their diets and lifestyles and did follow up tests for years to determine the health outcome from their lifestyles. This method is highly ineffective for this type of research because it did not account for a lot of other factors that could have had affected the data, such as false data provided by the questioned people or other external factors. It also only provided the associations to obesity and not the actual causes. An example of this would be if an obese person were to watch television for a majority of their day, that action would be associated with developing obesity. (The government
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