Obesity has been a growing problem in the U.S. for more than a decade. Various reasons and theories are thrown around as to the cause of this severe problem by psychologists, dietitians, and professors trying to pinpoint a single cause. Due to America’s vast supply of resources, luxurious living standards, and moral of the country, there is no one cause for obesity contrary to advertisements offering a quick-fix drug. America’s obesity problem is rooted much deeper than just cheap fast food and poor choices. Medical conditions, influence of genes, unhealthy lifestyles, and mental illnesses are all contributors towards obesity in any one person. Obesity is a serious problem in America with multiple contributors and one lone solution cannot solve the bigger issue.
The causes of obesity can range from basic overeating to genetic problems passed down from ten generations back. Many causes of obesity can be avoided by just living a healthy lifestyle, yet many people still hunt for the perfect quick-fix drug, investing more time and energy into finding a cure than just making better life choices. Doctors across the world have dedicated their lives to finding a cure to obesity, except there isn’t just one cure for everyone. Because every human is unique and functions completely different from any other human, a lone cure is impossible. With the many causes of obesity, doctors should be working on individual cures instead of a mass cure.
Obesity acts as a sickness, taking various abilities away from the body. A common cold inhibits the nose’s ability to act as an airway just obesity restricts the body’s ability to move. On top of the inability to move around easily, obesity can cause life threatening heart failure due to blockage of the arteries in the heart because of the mass of fat cells stored. Being obese can be compared to smoking in long term effects. Even if largely obese people change their lifestyle drastically and lose the weight, not all of the complications will resolve themselves. Some health problems such as diabetes can affect a person for the rest of their lives, even if they made a choice to live healthier. Cancer is also a long term complication associated with obesity, causing the body to shut down in one area depending on the type of cancer. These irreversible effects will plague a person with constant pain and the possibility of a much shorter life span. Obesity is a sickness that many people choose to have, the only true cure is a choice.
The definition of obesity is someone who is grossly overweight. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as: "...labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height" (Causes and Consequences 1). Almost one-third (35%) of America's population falls under the category of 'obese'. Colorado has the lowest statistics of obesity with less than 25% of its population registering as obese. This percentage...