The United States ranks high compared to other countries in many categories. It ranks 1st in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with $16 trillion and eclipses 2nd ranked China by almost $8 trillion. It produces the 6th highest GDP per capita in the world. It awards its citizens a life expectancy of 80 years, putting it in the top 20% of the world. It ranks 3rd in the overall quality of health and living conditions. It also ranks 2nd among the world fattest countries. Unfortunately, only 31.8% of Americans are obese compared with 32.8% of Mexicans. The question of the century is whether America will start a war with Mexico or retaliate and realize that the problems of obesity far outweigh its non-existent benefits.
As this data suggests, this obesity epidemic within the United States and other countries has continued to increase over the past few years. Numerous causes have contributed to the obesity epidemic. For example, in today’s fast paced society where people are on the go people choose fast food over healthy food because it is convenient. Another reason why obesity is compounding is because of the lack of physical activity. Daily physical activity is the key to keeping fit and reducing chances of heart disease. The only way to reduce obesity in the United States is effectively make people aware about what causes obesity and what the consequences of it are.
The symptoms of obesity start at a very young age. Therefore, schools should better educate children about healthy eating habits. The importance of healthy living is enforced in elementary and middle school; however, this topic is covered for a maximum of one week. Teachers do a good job of teaching students about the food plate and most students pass the test on nutrition, but what is the point of passing this test if they don’t use the knowledge they have learned in real life situations? The risks of obesity will only be ingrained into the minds of children if the consequences of indulging in fatty foods are constantly reminded. A novel way to do this is by making lunch a graded class. Students can choose foods they want to eat, and the teacher can grade them based upon the overall nutritional value of the food they picked . In a society where grades are deemed very important students will make the right choice by choosing to consume healthy food.
Another way to discourage people from indulging in unhealthy food is to institute a higher tax on it. Since less-healthy food options are cheaper than healthier food options people choose to purchase fast food...