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Obesity in America

Jhari Rogers, Staff Writer

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Many Americans eat unhealthily throughout their lives. America is one of the fattest countries in the world due to the food industry.

Obese: grossly fat or overweight.

Symptoms: Obesity occurs when a person’s body mass index is 30 or greater. The main symptom is excessive body fat, which increases the risk of serious health problems.

Treatment: The mainstay of treatment is lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise

In today’s world you can spend $20 at McDonald’s and have fifteen things from the value menu. The salad on the menu is almost $7, yet a cheeseburger is only a dollar? What has the food industry become?

Going to your local supermarket is almost a hassle to look for healthy food. You will generally spend almost double for fruits and vegetables, but half the price for fattening foods like chips and soda. Shouldn’t this be the other way around with the bad foods costing more?

In an article and interview with reporter Stephanie Wiese on News 9 in Colorado, there was a debate about colleges not acquiring healthy foods. Many students overlook the healthy foods and go for the unhealthy choices, by growing up with habits like this. “We all would like to afford organic and healthy foods but sometimes a busy life and a tight budget does not help. As a nutrition student, eating healthy isn’t always the easiest alternative but with planning and practice it can be made easy.”

Many food companies make deals to bring more people in, like Wendy’s 4 for 4. Many people will be willing to spend the $4 on  fries, nuggets and a burger, thinking it’s a deal. People fail to look at the ingredients and how it’s made and where it comes from. They process all the food no matter what it is unless it’s lettuce but even that sits in a freezer until they prep it.

In recent studies more than 2/3 (68.8%) of adults in America are considered to be overweight or obese. More than 1/3 (35.7 %) of adults are considered to be obese. More than 1 in 20 (6.3%) have extreme obesity. Almost 3 in 4 men (74%) are considered to be overweight or obeseIn the last study this past September, adult obesity rose to an alarming rate of 35% in four states and that rate is still growing. One quarter of the United States are obese in 20% of the states. Louisiana has the highest obesity rate at 36.2% which is very alarming and heartbreaking. People need to start eating healthier and exercise to burn off the food. Many Americans will die from health related issues in the future if this does not stop.

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