The Obesity Epidemic
The obesity crisis that America faces is huge. A large portion of the population is overweight or obese. Modern technology and societal norms have changed the American lifestyle over the last few decades. Americas eating habits have changed from small home cooked meals to larger meals from fast food restaurants. While Americans caloric intake has increased the amount of physical activity we exert has decreased. Today there are fewer physically demanding jobs and most recreation time is spent viewing media.
The Obesity Epidemic in America
The obesity rates in America have risen dramatically over the last few decades. While America’s waistline grows so does the debate over weight related issues. With many weight loss options on the market, there seems to be no concise answer of how to battle the bulge. The question we should be trying to answer is: Why is America so overweight? After viewing a large range of media on the topic, I believe that modern technology and societal norms have changed the lifestyle of the average American over the last few decades. The lifestyle that the average American leads today consists of over eating and sedentary activity: Add these two factors together and you get a recipe for obesity.
Evans, Renaud, Finkelstein, Kamerow and Brown state: “Poor diet and physical inactivity, the primary modifiable contributors to obesity, have led to a 33% obesity rate (defined as BMI >=30) and 67% rate of overweight (BMI >=25) among US adults” (2006, p.167). America’s weight crisis also affects children. Green, Riley and Hargrove report that “more than 23 million U.S. children and adolescents are either obese or overweight” (2012, p. 915). These rates are alarmingly high. Even scarier, is the fact that “[e]ach year, over 300,000 adults in the U.S. will die from obesity related causes” (Menifield, Doty, Fletcher, 2008, p.83). With a large portion of the...