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American's Growing Obesity Situation

Being overweight is one of these subjects that we have all been hearing about for the last few years. Things have been getting gradually worse for the last two decades, but we seem to just now be realizing this. The United States has the most elevated obesity ratio in the developed world. The number of obese adolescents and adults has doubled in the past twenty-five years. As of 2004, 17% of the total children were overweight and 32% of the total adults over 20 were overweight. Basically the amount of people who are endangering their health by being obese ranges in the millions. It is now considered one of the greatest health threats in the country as the prevalence of over weight americans continues to get out of control. What happened to make us all so big? Many environmental factors that are now very commonplace are blamed to be the causes of this general increased girth.

During the 1980's, Americans began to started to make many lifestyle changes that caused it to become a less active lifestyle. Eating habits was the primary problem. Restaurants and quick service chains where now the most popular places for family dinner and not at the home prepared the traditional way. Due to competition, restaurants now have portion sizes that amount to three times that of the portions back in the early fast food days. Fast food restaurants like the McDonald's chain have come under serious fire for their super sizing high calorie sodas and french fries in the past, but a meal available in many of today's most common restaurants could be over double the size of a McDonald's hamburger, with an amount of fries to match this unhealthy meal. People that are accustomed to consuming everything on their plates can get their full amount of calories in one sitting with one of these combos.

Obesity affects you whether you're overweight or not. An estimated 275,000,000 dollars a year is what we are spending in air fares due to increased fuel charges to make up for the extra weight and lawsuits to widen passenger seats brought on by overweight people. In the medical field, health issues created by the weight problem now create almost 10% of all medical expenditures with a yearly cost of 78,500,000,000 dollars. The cheeseburger bill of 2004 was started by lawmakers to attempt to offer a little protection for food makers after lawsuits with obese plaintiffs became so prevalent.

Wealth and abundance is another big factor that seems to link to obesity. The need to conserve goods and foods diminishes gradually as people in developed nations acquire more and more wealth. Kids that a couple of decades ago would have been more limited on food selections because of a parent's budget nowadays are allowed more choices in what they choose to eat. With parents that eat out constantly due to disposable income allows them to show their children form their earliest age poor eating habits with rich, high calorie restaurant foods. More Americans are not concerned about where our meals come from and focus more on our personal desires in a society that produces almost triple what it's whole population consumes.

Another huge factor of obesity is the sedentary life that most of us live. Today, even if it is a very short distance, many Americans will take our cars. Most of us have difficulty allotting the time to work out due to the on the go lifestyles or extended work days. As technology has become better most jobs are becoming less physical. This Causes people who come home from work and rest because they are worn out from their job will get small amounts of physical exercise throughout.

Obesity is measured with a body mass index, or BMI. The risk for having serious health problems goes up as ones BMI gets higher. The three main levels of obesity are mild obesity with a BMI of 30+, morbid obesity at BMI 40+, and malignant obesity with a BMI of 50+. A person that is forty percent overweight is twice as likely to get a life threatening health problem prematurely than an average person. Today, obesity is responsible for the deaths of an estimated 112,000 Americans a year. Just some of the possible ailments that come along with being overweight are; cancer, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, and liver disease. breathing problems, swollen legs, and depression.

Guthy Renker Corporation

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