A growing issue that is becoming ever more present in American society is that of obesity. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, completed in 2009-2010, approximately 35.7% of Adults and 16.9% of children in America weighed in as obese. The obesity phenomena in America can be attributed to many daily activities that are common in modern day society such as the connivence of fast food, living an inactive unhealthy lifestyle and family health history. In the Body Mass Index, or BMI, category of obese can lead to many health complications including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Being obese can also cause emotional damage, such as depression, and lower the over all quality of life.
Obesity in America can be largely attributed to the overwhelming amount of fast food Americans consume. Since 1970 the amount of fast food restaurants has doubled causing it to be a social norm and the quickest way to feed a family. A typical fast food meal is loaded with fat and sodium that can add up to a astounding amount of calories. With a fast food restaurant around every corner there is no longer a need or desire for a family cooked meal of healthy unprocessed foods. Going hand in hand with the food Americans consume is that lack of daily physical activity. Today close to 80% of Americans work at a job that require little to no physical activity during the work day. In schools its even possible to opt out of a physical education gym class in exchange for a class taken inside of a classroom or online. This lack of exercise during the day carries over into the after work sedentary lifestyle that most people carry out. Lack of sleep is another factor of an unhealthy lifestyle that also increases the risk of obesity. Getting the
full recommended hours of sleep helps regulated the natural hormones called leptin and ghrelin that help the human body monitor how full the stomach is. Another factor that increases the chances of being obese is family history. Studies show that genes affect the amount of fat that a body processes and the amount that is stored causing some people to not be able to burn fat as quickly and aggressively as others. Growing up in a household where the parents are obese also increases the chances of one becoming obese. If the parent don’t live a healthy lifestyle it’s likely that the children will adopt the same bad behavior.
With all of the negative lifestyle habits that Americans have it’s easy to see how over obesity is...