The United States has been known for the large population of our overweight adults. Now our adults are not our only problem; the youth of our nation have taken on the awful eating habits of their parents, aunts, uncles, and even peers. There's not just one explanation of why our children have been getting so big. The reasons range from genetics to socioeconomic status. Sadly, this often un-talked about issue refers to both children and adolescents, thus the term "childhood obesity." Generally when the word "child” is used, it refers to someone six to eleven years of age, and when the word "adolescent" is used it, typically refers to someone 12 to 17 years of age. Those age ranges seem very, very young to be talking about obesity, but the problem is very real for Americans in that age range.
Much of our culture in America today is based on media and the people involved. The marketing of fast food restaurants is constantly running on television, radio, and internet advertising, so wanting that type of food is running through the average American's mind all the time. In America, many busy people usually choose to eat fast food, due to lack of time and energy, instead of a healthier alternative. The problem is contributing to the demise of health in America. With today's busy society and America's growing fast food marketing companies, people eat more fatty foods than ever before. Companies spend billions of dollars marketing food, drinks, and meals to children and youth (Mackey). So when you ask a kid what they want to eat, they will choose the food they have seen on television.
Americans also show lack of willpower toward choosing healthy meals, which could be responsible for rising obesity. Overeaters now find themselves in the same category as smokers or drug addicts, tainted with moral weakness and lack of willpower. This perspective has begun to spawn tough-love policies geared to prod people into thinness. Discriminating against the chubby in social and even employment settings seems to be gaining on the politically correct scale (Healy). There are some people who say that the obese people can’t help their problem. They say it’s a disease that can’t be fixed with exercise. Well, it can be fixed - exercise and a healthy diet will help an overweight person lose weight and be healthier. Exercising willpower, when choosing how much and what to eat and staying on an exercise program, is one of the main factors when being obese. An obese person can choose to sit on a couch and eat, or go to a gym and lift some weights. They can decide to eat a super-sized fast food meal sitting in their car, or eat carrot sticks while walking around a park. Walking up steps burns more fat than taking an elevator. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables takes more thought than eating ice cream and cookies. All it takes is a little willpower to get up and move, and stay away from unhealthy, fat-filled food.
Obesity in childhood can add up to health problems, often...