Joseph R. Illinois

Obesity in America

We need to curb the obesity epidemic in America.

We have a enormous problem in America literally. Obesity in America is at an all time high.

More than two-thirds of adults are considered to be overweight or obese. More than 1 in 20 people have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men are considered to be overweight or obese. According to the “ More than half of America studies show that by 2058 will be overweight”. Imagine half of America by 2058 which takes up 5% of the world’s population then that 5% will turn to 2.5% which will be obese which is a huge problem. As Americans we need to be offered healthy food at a lower price for much of the time it is expensive where a vast majority of our citizens cannot afford these meals. According to the state of obesity and insecurity “ More than 15 million U.S. children live in "food-insecure" households — having limited access to adequate food and nutrition due to cost, proximity and/or other resources. Low income individuals are at increased risk for both food insecurity and obesity. Lower-income individuals often have more limited access to affordable, healthier food options — living in neighborhoods with fewer grocery stores with less healthy options — and that have more available less expensive food options, such as processed or fast foods, are of lower nutritional value and are calorie-dense with added sugar and/ or fats. In addition, some families have cycles of food deprivation and overindulgence — where they restrict or skip meals sometimes due to lack of funds — which can contribute to increased risk for obesity. In addition, stress, anxiety and less access to safe, convenient places for physical activity can contribute to increased risk for obesity.” For the lower income families we need to be able to offer things that are more expensive at a cheaper price. For most of the time junk food is the most affordable option.

“Research published by the World Health Organization found that a rise in fast food sales correlated to a rise in body mass index, and Americans are notorious for their fast-food consumption ― such food makes up about 11% of the average American diet. Another study demonstrates the full effect added sugars from soda and energy drinks are wreaking havoc on American waistlines. So it is not just how much we eat, but what we eat.” Junk food per say are less expensive than something that's expensive and healthy for you. Nearly 45 million people or 15% of Americans are in poverty and there food consumption is nearly none or in big quantities at one time and there bodies cannot burn those sugars off. Exercise is a key piece to the puzzle which is often not filled. According to the Public Health organization “ Lack of exercise is also a major culprit in the obesity epidemic. It’s been decades since most Americans worked in fields and on factory floors, a far greater majority of us are sitting throughout our workday. This means less exercise each day. According to one study, only 20% of today’s jobs require at least moderate physical activity, as opposed to 50% of jobs in 1960. Other research suggests Americans burn 120 to 140 fewer calories a day than they did 50 years ago. Add this to the higher amount of calories we are packing in, and we get a perfect recipe for weight gain.” Our society is moving towards machines to produce products instead of people. With the growth of technology and less money to operate these machines then why bother to hire. Simply put we have more people sitting around a office for 6-8 hours or more than getting at least an hour of exercise.

Our food consumption is a another major factor that can decide your weight if you are not physically active. According to the Public Health organization “As it turns out, most food companies were just swapping hydrogenated oils and sugar in for the animal fats they removed from low-fat products. Hydrogenated oils are restructured vegetable oils that carry high levels of trans-fats, an amazingly evil type of fat that can raise your bad cholesterol, lower your good cholesterol and increase your risks of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. While somewhat less sinister, added sugar can also wreak major damage on a diet. Technically low in calories, high-quantities of sugar disrupts our metabolisms, causing surges in insulin and energy levels and ultimately contributing to weight gain and diabetes.” Today 29.1 million people or 9.3% of Americans have diabetes and the number is growing. Estimated that 1 out of every 3 Americans will have diabetes by 2050. “To meet this challenge, Harvard University School of Public Health recommends restricting easy access to junk food, making healthy options more available through subsidies, increasing labeling standards, and taxing sugary drinks.”

Whatever the necessary means are we need to tackle this problem before it's too late. Health education sports programs and healthy eating plans can help inform people on making the right choices eating healthy and staying active. By eating fruits and vegetables and getting 60 minutes of physical activity Americas weight gainers will become losers. We need more action put into place for a change to people’s waistlines.  

Gurrie Middle School

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Ms. McGovern's Period 5/6 ELA Class

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