The Obesity Epidemic in America Essays

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Obesity among Americans has been a growing issue in the United States predominantly over the past decade. Many may argue American’s are obese because of poor food choices, over-eating, genetic disposition, lack of exercise, or the environment which one lives, while others blame it all on fast-food chains and restaurants. Throughout my research I have come to find a lot of facts and statistics about fast food consumption causing obesity. Statistics show that without a doubt the United States is the most obese country in the world. Since Americans typically live hectic lifestyles, fast food is a quick and easy way to grab a meal on the go. However, eating fast food frequently provides the body with high amounts of calories, sugars, …show more content…
Obesity is a serious health concern and should not be ignored. According to Sassi “Obesity and the chronic diseases associated with it are killers, with severely obese people dying eight to ten years earlier than their peers”. This means leaving ones family, friends and loved ones up to eight to 10 years earlier than necessary. In the article Overweight and Obesity: Health Consequences, “an estimated 300,000 deaths per year may be attributes to obesity”. With this in mind, when ones life is busy and hectic that 3-minute drive-thru may be quick and convenient for the moment, but think of the long run and the toll that may play on ones body.
Unfortunately, Americans are consuming more fast food now than ever before. In 1952 there was exactly one McDonalds in all of America, an entire six-pack of Coca-Cola had fewer ounces of soda than one can has today, and less than 10% of the Americans were obese. In the decades that followed, obesity slowly began to rise; many did not think anything of if it until obesity hit a shocking 23% in 1994. Helen states, “From then on obesity across the United States began to rise until 2005 when it hit a record of 35% of adults and 15% of children were obese”. Today, we call this massive spike in obesity rate the Obesity Epidemic. Usually when one hears the word “epidemic” they think of sickness or illness, well
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