Obesity on the Rise
Though obesity is sometimes the result of simple, yet, unfortunate genetics, it is an issue that can be solved. The contributing factors to America’s obesity problem are the loss of motivation to exercise and the influence of fast food. Also, the popularity of television, computers and video games translates unto an increasingly inactive lifestyle for many children in the United States. With daily physical activities, rather than T.V. and video games, plus fun and healthy means, the percentage of obese American’s could someday diminish.
Overweight and obesity result from imbalanced energy involving over consumption of calories and minimal physical activity There are a variety of factors that play a role in this complex health issue. Genes, metabolism, behavior, environment and culture help to form the weight of the body. Weight gain is typically the consumption of more calories than your body is using. The extra calories will be stores as fat in your body, resulting in weight gain. When food is being over used it is considered food addiction. The addiction to food involves the repetitive consumption of food against the individuals better judgment which causes loss of control and
preoccupation of food.
According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of American adults are overweight. Our society has been continually brainwashed by advertisements to buy more processed or fast foods. Obesity today seems to be mimicking the growth of the fast food industry. A study from the US Department of Agriculture has confirmed that people who eat fast food have a greater calorie intake than those who do not, and therefore have a greater risk of becoming overweight or obese. With the increasing accessibility to the fast food and the high competition between the various fast food joints, fast food obesity has become a major problem for the U.S. to deal with. Although there are genetic reasons for fast food obesity, people are mainly...