It isn't unfamiliar that obesity is a problem in the United States. Fast food is said to be a
major cause of this predicament, but is there a point where it's not the food's fault but the person
who is choosing to eat it? People who have problems with obesity and blame fast food don't
realize there are so many other attributes that are put into play and that fast food can't possibly be
the only reason of it all. Obesity can be influenced by lack of exercise, the surrounding
environment, genes, health conditions, cruel kindness, and diet. Fast food should stop being
blamed for a vast amount of obesity in the U.S. Fast food is one of the influences of obesity, but there is a point where the person can take control of their eating habits themselves and stop
blaming other culprits.
The definition of “Obesity is a condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and
storage of fat in the body.”(Obesity - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster
Dictionary) Obesity is too commonly seen here in the states and many Americans are
experiencing health deficiencies and diseases that come with it. "Two-thirds of U.S. adults are
overweight or obese" (Flegal et al., 2012). “Obesity puts stress on every part of your body and
increases your risk of developing major health problems.” (“What Are the Consequences of Not
Today, in cities the hustle and bustle of everyday life gets in the way of people's diets.
They grab the cheapest and quickest alternative to satisfy their needs without recognizing the
long term dangers. The environment can take control of our diets and the way we balance it with
exercise. "Americans are exposed to huge food portions in restaurants, fast food places, gas
stations, movie theaters, supermarkets, and even at home. Some of these meals and snacks can
feed two or more people. Eating large portions means too much energy IN. Over time, this will
cause weight gain if it isn't balanced with physical activity." ("What Causes Overweight and
Another huge part of being overweight is our genes. Our family genes not only tell our
body what color eyes, hair, and skin we have but also can determine our weight and size. This
would make it harder for some people to lose the weight with exercise, even harder for people
who don’t eat right in addition. Now this is not saying that everyone with genes that make it
difficult to lose weight will be obese. This just says they need to work harder to achieve the
weight they want, then a person without these genes.
Health conditions can also cause someone to become obese since they are unable to work
out the way they want to. Some conditions can not only prevent people from losing weight by
exercising, but also some medications they must take can increase their weight without trying.
It can cause a lack of energy as well as "coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2