Oluwakemi Agbi-Williams Professor Keneika Rowe HP 450-45 Hospitality Senior Seminar 04 July 2015 Introduction Obesity and being overweight are very common worldwide issues around the world, especially in the U.S. There are more than 3 million cases per year. By changing your lifestyle such as diet and exercise, losing weight can seem effortless. Desirable junk/fast food or even irresistible fast food commercials can tempt you to do the unthinkable. We are all victims of this advertising war. Quick-service restaurants (QSR) generate these advertisements in hope to attract more consumers or to increase their popularity rates around town. These commercials bombard our state of mind only to convince us to buy unhealthy food for worthless money. The increase in fast food commercials in the U.S. has led to an increase in both QSR revenues and the obesity rates. Regulating commercial frequencies will lead to a decline in the obesity rate. Our country has more than enough issues that frequently affect our population. Despite these alarming cautions, the food industries with their advertiser use every available media outlet to promote and sell their products. Pushing food and drinks high in sugar is unethical and unjust. We learn to
Obesity remains an extremely serious issue worldwide. Once considered a problem for wealthier counties, overweight and obesity are now dramatically increasing in low and middle income countries (WHO, 2011). In American, the rates of obesity continue to soar. CDC (2009) recognizes obesity as a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other health problems. According to NHANES over two-thirds of the US are overweight or obese, and over one-third are obese (CDC, 2009). Treatment for this illness varies; it may include the incorporation of diet, exercise, behavior modification, medication, and surgery. Since there is no single cause of all overweight and obesity, there is no single way to prevent or treat overweight
Obesity is a widespread chronic disease affecting adults and children of all ages. A state of obesity means that the body has an excessive amount of body fat. There are many factors that contribute to an adult or child being obese. For example, things like genetics, social economic status and
The obesity epidemic Americans face today is a growing problem within our population. With serious health issues associated with obesity, it is a problem that needs to be addressed and changed. While fast foods have been around for a long time, many people claim that fast food places are to blame. Each day people turn to fast food for a quick meal, wether it is breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even snacks. As fast foods begin to expand and progress throughout the world, people especially in the United States, have started to blame fast foods for their health problems. The question of who to blame obesity on is important in solving the obesity epidemic. What we eat at fast food restaurants is no longer food but products being injected with hormones. Fast food restaurants are to blame for the growing epidemic within our current generation.
Should we assign personal responsibility for obesity epidemic? Obesity is a growing threat to public health in the World and in the United States. Since 1960, the prevalence of obesity increased twice in the United States. According to a latest report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on November
Obesity is a growing health concern in the United States. According to Porth (2015), obesity is defined as having excess body fat, enlarged fat cells, and/or having an increased number of fat cells. National Institute of Health 2016 also describe obesity as weighing excessively higher than what is considered a healthy weight for a given a stature. Obesity is increasing rapidly in adolescents and children. Obesity is a major risk for diabetes mellitus type 2, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2015). Contributing factors to obesity include genetic, hormonal imbalance, metabolic disorders, immunological
1.0 Introduction 1.1 Human Obesity Obesity in the human population is becoming a global epidemic, results from the 2007–2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) estimated that 34.2% of adults in the United States are overweight, 33.8% are obese, and 5.7% are extremely obese (A). Obesity in humans can be
Obesity: a common underlying issue on today’s society, yet then again it is an issue profoundly in front of our face. One could inquire the reasoning behind a hamburger, greasy and fat, being less expensive than a nutritional healthy salad, and one could honestly answer in saying that they would not know. It is easy for parents to go grab a kid’s meal, cheaper too, which the option of cooking and/or eating something healthy is soon weighed out as an option of being time consuming. It is very apparent that children are more overweight and obese in the present than in the past. Childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years (Childhood obesity causes & consequences 1) Along with the physical change, there are many health risk that can be involved when a child is obese. Immediate health issues include: risk factors pertaining to cardiovascular disease, increasing chances in having pre diabetes, and higher risk of having bone joint problems (Childhood obesity causes & consequences 1). In the long run, the obese children will become obese adults, therefore greater risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and several types of cancer (Childhood obesity causes & consequences 1). Since children are heavily dependent on their parents and guardians, parents play a vital role in the development of their child; so it is the parents’ responsibility to insure that their child is a healthy weight by taking
As the world around us evolves, it is affecting many aspects of life. Some of these changes cause many problems in health care. With more technology and quicker access to things, health problems in general seem unattainable at times. Many parents are working more days and longer hours at work, leaving many children at home to feed themselves. As a result, many children and adolescents are eating at fast food places for various reasons: eating at a fast food place has cheap, quick access, and takes no waiting time. Through the years studies have shown an increase in obesity throughout the country. This is a major cause of concern for Americans. Research has shown that factors like socioeconomic status, race/ ethnicity, and poor eating
Obesity is a serious health condition that, if left untreated, causes serious health conditions. Contrary to popular belief, obesity is more than a condition caused by overeating and lack of exercise (Vallor 2013). Obesity is a disease (Callahan 2013); a disease that Americans are spending about $150 billion on annually (Zamosky 2013). Additionally, changing a person’s diet and exercise regimen may not be effective in some cases of obesity (Vallor 2013). Obesity is not like most well-known diseases; it is not caused by viruses or bacteria (Callahan 2013). However, “on an individual level, obesity is directly and indirectly associated with a plethora of other health risks” (Vallor 2013). Obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and kidney failure (Callahan 2013). While obesity is treated by the medical community with surgical options, therapy, and nutritional guidance, current obesity treatment is not adequate enough to help control the obesity epidemic because obesity treatment is not thorough or readily available. Because obesity can result in a myriad of health issues, a variety of methods should be explored to prevent and reverse obesity.
Abstract Background: Obesity is a pervasive and serious health problem in the United States. Guidelines have been established for the proper screening and management of obesity by several medical associations. Previous research has shown that bias against the obese is prevalent in the medical community, which may adversely affect testing, visit length, and counseling of the obese, especially in regard to recommendations on screening and management for their condition.
Obesity has become a major health crisis in America. More than two thirds of Americans are classified as overweight or obese, a condition which not only harms society but places a heavy burden on the medical industry. Obesity has been shown to increase the risk of diabetes, elevate cholesterol levels, create hypertension, and contribute to coronary illness. While there are a small number of genetic factors that can cause obesity, it is almost always caused by too little activity and too many calories. Despite educational programs that teach the benefits of a healthy diet and adequate exercise, obesity has nearly doubled in the last 35 years. Mark Bittman, author of “Bad Food? Tax It and Subsidize Vegetables”, argues that the only
Obesity related illnesses contribute to over 300,000 deaths per year in the U.S. We are a nation of overfed under nourished people with obesity becoming a pandemic. Obesity was once thought to be exclusively a social problem; it is now classified as a medical problem. It is a multibillion dollar industry. Losing weight is not just as simple as exercising more and eating less, as our society has grown more complex the obesity rate has risen. Obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. today caused primarily by environmental conditions, food systems and lifestyle changes.
In our society, obesity in children becomes a huge problem because around one third of all of the children and adolescence in USA are suffering from it. More importantly, those numbers keep increasing. Jack Shonkoff, MD mentions that children who are obese are at greater risk for diabetes, later hypertension of heart disease, asthma and a variety of other health problems (HBO Docs, 2012). Francis Collins also emphasizes that obesity puts children at greater risk of cancer and brain diseases later on in life (HBO Docs, 2012). In addition, Dr. Elsie Teveras states that she is afraid that we will have the first generation of children, whose life expectance will be lower than their parent’s (HBO Docs, 2012). It was also clearly stated that as
Obesity in New Zealand has become an national health concern to the Government, Ministry of Health and individuals as a larger number of people become affected of various ages and ethnic groups. As the third most obese nation at 26.5% of the population, some believe it 's an epidemic