Why Is Obesity An Issue?

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Why is Obesity an Issue?
Obesity has significantly increased across our country affecting our state, our communities, and society as a whole. Two out of three American adults and well over 9 million young children and adolescents struggle with issues of obesity and being overweight (CDC, 2013). Obesity and being overweight are direct risk factors for heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers, diabetes, and even premature death. Obese and overweight children and adolescents are especially at risk for type II diabetes and major psychological effects such as depression and increased risk of suicide. All risk factors of obesity interfere with one’s daily living routines and it substantially decreases quality of life. In addition, obesity costs are staggering, resulting in $147 billion being used for medical expenses nationwide, which has had significant negative effects on our economy (CDC, 2013).
Controlling obesity is a complex process as the causes of the issue are interconnected by culture, socioeconomic status, societal norms, community assets, and home environments. Our societal functioning has dramatically changed as there are increases in fast food restaurants, accommodating the fast paced lifestyles of many American families, the increase in cost of healthy foods which makes it harder to afford, the reduction in funding for physical education, and an increase in technology, which all plays a huge role in the public health issue of obesity.

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