The American diet has become very unhealthy and not just the food choices made, but the lifestyle decisions that are made on a daily basis. Recently, diet styles have taken a turn for the worst. Americans today are making horrible decisions on what they eat and when they eat which can eventually turn into bad habits and later affect their overall health, but there are plenty of ways to overcome those bad habits.
“The average American should eat according to the age, gender, height, and level of activeness the person maintains (Avena),” but in today’s society that is not always the way people eat. According to many food labels the total set number of calorie intake per person should be around two thousand, but that can vary from person to person. Avena states “the average American consumes around 2,700 calories per day.” This being said, the reasons so many people today are consuming such a high intake of calories is due to the types of food available and the price of food is ridiculously high. Although the calorie intake plays a huge part in the american diet, it is what those calories make up. Aitken says, “The Standard American Diet usually consists of a myriad of processed carbs (cereals, breads, pasta, cookies, cakes etc.), processed meat products, and a few fruits and veggies.” People today eat way more fast foods and carbs instead of fruits and vegetables, which in turn makes the diet frowned upon by most other countries.
Many Americans are always looking for the “easy” way out, something cheap and “on-the-go” which makes it harder for people to choose healthy choices and be more nutritious. The fastest way to get food now days is through the drive thru which is cheap and quick, but the thing about these meals is it is not healthy and may be filling at the time but after a while it wears off.
Bad decisions are not just from choosing fast food it also has to do with those home cooked meals. Numerous people still think of the cheap easy mind set when preparing meals at home. Most cheap meals are usually fried or high in sodium which is known as comfort food and almost everyone loves comfort food. A lot of Americans love the idea of home cooked “healthier” meals, but in the end are they really healthier if it is just basically the same food?
Many fast food restaurant’s meals are high in sodium and calories, and even some home cooked meals are. Due to many of these food products not having any nutritional value this leads to several health disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and weight gain. All of these health implications are terrible for anyone to have to go through.
Obesity being one of the most common health problems today that is rapidly rising among Americans. “Obesity is defined as excess body fat. Because body fat is difficult to measure directly, obesity is often measured by body mass index (BMI), a common scientific way to screen for whether a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese.” (What is Obesity?)...