The Problems Of Obesity In America

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Obesity is one of the biggest problems many Americans face today. America is one of the richest nations in the world, but also becoming one of the heaviest (some might disagree). The more money we Americans make, the busier we are, the less likely we are to find time to exercise and take care of our bodies. We fail to understand that exercising is as crucial to an individual’s health, as working is to making money. The more we work, the less time we have to stay fit or get in shape. Instead of working out, many Americans sit in front of the computer, go out to eat, or simply play video games for hours on the television. Technology is advancing, causing Americans to come up with more excuses not exercise.
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Obesity is the number two killer in America, second to tobacco smoking. That is unbelievable to me, but in a world where there are so many terrible unhealthy food options available, it makes eating well and exercising, less appetizing. I do not understand people who say “America is not an obese nation”. It is far too easy to choose fast food over cooking a healthy meal when it comes to eating out. Technology has increased causing America to become one of the fattest and laziest nations in the world. Increased time spent in front of the television or computer usually leads to increased munchies and mindless eating. Also it is a known fact that watching television late at night is a bad idea, it keeps you stimulated. Lack of sleep causes an increase in ghrelin, the hormone that signals you’re hungry, and a decrease in leptin, the hormone that tells you you’re full. On average, a sleep-deprived person will consume 300 extra calories per day, usually from high-fat foods, and snack more frequently than someone who is well-rested. Obesity is a problem, it is a disease. Weight gain rates in the United States rise every year.
A Specific Focus My purpose is to persuade. My specific focus in this essay is to inform my audience about the growing obesity rate in many Americans today. I will talk about obesity’s history in our country, causes of obesity, and preventions on how to reduce the issue. I want to inform my readers about the drastic consequences we will face if we continue our poor nutritional lifestyles. After reading my research essay they will understand how serious the problem is becoming in the United States.
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