Obesity: Americans Need To Change Their Way Of Life

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     The United States is known world wide for being the land of opportunity. In the 'land of opportunity', why is it that the people are so overly concerned with everything in their lives that they apparently do not take care of their precious bodies? Why does the wealthiest country in the world act so carelessly when it comes to healthy eating and staying fit?

     The United States of America has an obesity rate of 65%, which is 22% higher than the rest of the world (Jamison). This striking statistic is mainly due to the overall way of life of Americans compared to the less spoiled countries around the world. Americans desperately need to change their ways of life so the obesity rate can shrink and the people can become healthier.

     Far too many Americans are becoming overweight or obese due to their diets and modern lifestyles. Obesity is defined by a person's body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by the weight of a person in kilograms divided by the square of the height of a person in meters (kg/m²). Obese, as defined by Dr James Geoff, is having a BMI of 30 kg/m².

     Dr. Karle Jamison of the United States Department of Health and Human Services emphasizes that the United States? obesity rate is out of control. Since the early 1980?s, the United States has seen an 77% increase in the obese population. Not to mention, in the 1980?s obese was defined as having a BMI of 23 kg/m². If that definition still stood today, 80% of Americans would be considered obese (Jamison). These are very alarming figures that urgently need to be controlled.

     Obesity is not as simple as it may seem. To most, obesity is just being extremely overweight, not that big of a deal. But they are wrong. Many things other than all that extra fat are attached to a person when they are obese. For these people, it is extremely difficult to get around. Joints like knees and ankles wear out much quicker due to extra stress (Krebs). It is even complex to get airline tickets because an obese person often does not fit in one seat. Most importantly, the chances of getting diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, many cancers, and even Alzheimer?s more than quadruples (Krebs).

     There are quite a few main factors that commonly are associated with causing obesity. Many obese adults were obese children. These obese children are often quite lazy and are couch potatoes (Eager). Krebs points out that the parents of these children do not monitor or regulate their children?s eating habits, lounging time, or their activeness. Later in these children?s lives, these adolescents have extremely inactive lives which causes them to become even fatter. Young children at that age in other countries are out and about with their friends, running around or even working, while staying healthy. American parents need to do a better job in producing healthier, more active children.

     In the 1980?s, when Americans were much leaner, children were pushed and...

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