11/9/2016 - Declining Health in America
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Alarming Obesity Rate in America
      It is tragic, but The United States of America is largely known for how obese its citizens are. America is known for this because it by far has the most obese people than any other country in the world. China has a population roughly four times larger than the US and still has less obese people. It just makes the health epidemic in America look even worse. It is not getting better either, which is staggering since data from a report in 2012 shows that one in every three Americans are obese. Recent reports project that by 2030, half of all adults (115 million adults) in the United States will be obese. This extreme rise is terrifying, especially if one has seen the movie “Wall-E”, where people are too obese to walk. Obesity habits usually start in a person’s childhood. It can be prevented or controlled simply by being healthy and working out.
childhood obesity in america epidemic


Adults are not even the most worried about problem. Its childhood obesity that the United States is very worried about. It has grown to be an ever-increasing headache for our culture. Through 30 years it has gone from a comparatively uncommon ailment to one of the more frequent health problems to have an effect on our country’s children. The number of obese children has more than tripled through the last three decades. Obviously childhood obesity in the United States is out of control. It has developed into such a scourge in America, so much, that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, unveiled a plan to end obesity in childhood in a single generation. To little prevail, her plan did not pan out as she had hoped to. One person cannot change a generation; it starts with the parents of the child. Only one in three children are physically active every day.
Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen. The only way that can change is if the parents take control and do something about their child not sitting in front of a screen all day. The thing is though; analysts calculate that overweight children have an 80% probability of also turning into an overweight adult if one or more of the parents are overweight. It seems like too high of a number, but if you think about it, ask yourself how many times have you seen a skinny child with overweight parents? (Not many). This can lead to a never ending generation of obese people in the US, which in turn hurts the US big time. The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering. In 2008, these costs totaled about $147 billion. Researchers predict that the cost of obesity in the U.S. is likely to reach $344 billion by 2018. This is an absurd amount for something that can be controlled.

obesity leading cause of death

Money is not the only issue at hand. Obesity is mostly started from not living a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating unhealthy foods, overeating, not being active, and the list goes on. Fast food has obesity written all over it and is a main reason for the problem in America. If one looks at it, why not eat fast food every day? It taste good (sometimes), is cheap, and quick. What some people don’t understand is that it’s cheap for a reason. Even if they do know it’s bad for them, they eat it all the time anyway. They see that an obese lifestyle is the way for most of their peers, so why do they care if they’re not healthy also. This is another factor that ties into all of this. Sadly people who are healthy and fit these days are slowly becoming minorities. Say most Americans were fit and worked out a lot, if you were overweight, you would feel indifferent and most likely want to fit in with the crowd. This would push you to start making a change.

Another step you could take to get in shape would be working out. As much as it may stress you out just to think about exercising, once you actually start working out, you’ll experience less stress in every aspect of your life. Working out has so many benefits to a person. The major one of course is losing weight. Recent U.S. government guidelines say that to lose weight and keep it weight off, you should accumulate at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. If you are comfortable with your weight you should still at least work out half an hour a day to reap the health and disease-fighting benefits of exercise. These benefits that come from exercise help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, bone loss and loss of muscle mass. All of those account for a great deal of deaths and can help be prevented by simply walking every day. Exercise also increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity.

In the end, it does not matter if you are overweight or not, everyone should think about their health and how to live a long, prosperous life. Whether it includes working out, eating right, or living a healthy lifestyle in general. This doesn’t mean that one needs to go on a strict diet, as you can eat what you’d like, but try to keep it in moderation. Sitting around all day, not being active is hurting your health and the United States economy (whether people care or not). We only get so many years to live on this earth and your health is a direct link to how long you get to live. Take care of your body and one could live for a long time. Don’t take care of your body or health and it takes away years of your life in the long run. If something doesn’t change soon, obesity is slowly going to change America as we know it for the worst.
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