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The Epidemic Of Obesity Essay

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To me obesity is a major concern throughout America and has driven our country to become the second most obese country (behind Mexico) in the world. It really didn’t dawn onto me on how big our country is pertaining to obesity until I started my Agronomy class this semester. On the first day of class my teacher informed us on how Louisiana has been ranked the most obese state for the first time in eight years in our nation, and as he went on I started to ask myself, “How could this happen?” Of course I started to ponder about Louisiana’s seafood and other delicate cuisine that people can’t get enough of which might cause an over indulgence of eating but that couldn’t be enough to cause obesity in Louisiana or even the nation. Well my professor went on to state that America’s food source is in the best shape of the whole world and the best in the history of the world, meaning that America’s ability to distribute clean and reliable food to its citizens is second to none. Then it hit me, “Maybe the reason America is obese is because we are able to access food more easily than anyone else, so we must eat more.” So I started researching on America’s daily calorie intake and found an infographic, (a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data), on The Huffington Post showing two bar graphs, one showing the 20 highest and 20 lowest consuming countries and discovered that America is number one consuming an average of 3770 calories a day opposed to the recommended average of about 2500. At this moment I was appalled because according to the graph, on average America is consuming an extra 1270 calories, and it only takes only an extra 3500 calories a week to gain a pound. So, if Americans are eating 1270 calories and it only takes 3500 extra calories to gain a pound in a week Americans are eating 8890 EXTRA calories and gaining two and a half pounds a week which adds up and equals a total of 132.08 pounds a year (of course I calculated this without exercise this is purely calorie intake). And the amusing thing about all the calories America consumes, according to the second infographic on The Huffington Post Americans only spend about six percent of average income on food, the lowest amount in the whole world. In complete shock I start to wonder how we consume so many calories and are the second most obese country, but only spend six percent income. So I came to my conclusion and ultimately my topic for the semester, “What if the reason for America being so obese is because the easy availability of cheap unhealthy foods vs. the not so cheap healthier food?”
So with my question asked I started searching for an answer, and came to a decision to start searching for information pertaining to how much more it would cost to eat healthier foods. According to the study, “Do healthier foods and diet patterns cost more than less healthy options? A systematic review and meta-analysis”, Dariush Mozaffarian, a professor at the...

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