In America 68.5% of adults and 31.8% of children suffer from obesity. Obesity is defined as the excessive amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass (OIA). However, many people don’t know the difference between overweight and obese. The term overweight refers to body weight that is at least 10% over the recommended weight for a certain individual, where obesity refers to body weight that is at least 30% percent over the recommended weight for an individual (OIA). What causes obesity, how obesity affects both children and adults and how can Americans prevent obesity.
What is more important then finding out the causes of obesity? Obesity is mainly caused when the intake of the calories exceed the dissipated calories. Children in America are becoming more obese, because they obtain laziness because of media and technology. According to the survey, in just five years, media use has increased from 6 ½ to nearly 7 ½ hours a day in children between the ages of 8 and 18 (LFE). If the children didn’t have media or technology they could be getting their daily exercise like playing on the block with the kids instead watching TV. Between the ages 8 and 18 or even younger their bodies need exercise to lose extra excess fat before it becomes a health problem later in life.
Secondly, one of important causes is fast food. Fast food causes obesity because it is one of the cheapest way for children and adults to find a meal if they don’t feel like cooking. McDonalds is the number one restaurant that makes us Americans fat because they’re the cheapest and have good burgers like big macs, quarter pounders and French fries. But more and more it seems like McDonalds corruption wants Americans to be come fat. When eating fast food it can cause health issues because of the grease, sugar and carbohydrates. There are more than 160,000 plus fast food restaurants. According to Cbs News Every day, nearly one-third of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food, which likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year and increases the risk of obesity (CBS News).
In America recent data shows that 82% of Black women and 77% percent of Hispanics women are overweight or obese compared to 63% percent of women in the United States. According to Food Research and Action center women our more likely to become more obese than men.
Processed food causes obesity because remakes raw ingredients into packaged goods, which makes the food last longer. Lunchables, cupcakes, cercal and chips are processed food. In processed food they put artificial ingredients that includes monosodium glutamate (MSG), flavors, preservatives, hydrogenated oil, fillers, and artificial sweeteners, which isn’t health for you to eat. Processed food is sold at schools, restaurants and in grocery store because it is one of the quickest ways to prepare food. Processed foods account for roughly plus or minus, 70 percent of what most of us eat according to (Ryssdal). Children who have parents or...