Obesity in USA

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Obesity has been a growing problem in the United States. It can be defined as a medical condition whereby an individual carries more weight as compared to height, or have excess fat that affects the normal body functioning. A health specialist will record that a person is obese if the body mass index (BMI) is high. The BMI is a tool that doctors use to determine whether the weight of a person is appropriate in reference to their height, age, and gender.

Height and weight are the most important aspects in determining whether a person is obese. If a person’s BMI measures from 25 to 29.9 kg/m2, then the person is carrying excess weight and in case it is 30 and above, the person is obese (Murray 1). Statistics records that about 36.5% of the total adults suffering from obesity in America while 32.5% are overweight. Besides, in every six children, one is obese. Bad eating habits and lack of participating in physical exercise are major cause of obesity in America.

Today, people are not concerned about what they take and where it comes from (Brazier 1). Bad eating habits can be explained in various ways. One, people are taking a lot of junk meals. Junk meals are also referred to as engineered junk meals, and have refined ingredients assorted with additives. The main reason as to why people find themselves buying the junk content is that it is cheap and readily available in shops and supermarkets. Since people have become lazy and do not either want to get to the kitchen, or prefer spending the minimum time in the kitchen, then they have to buy the precooked junk food. Besides, junk meals are sweet and thereby hard to resist. Manufacturing firms in the food industry have discovered that people eat more when food is sweet and therefore ensure that whatever they pack will be irresistible for any consumer who focuses on taste.

Junk food has the highest calories but contains the least nutritional value. Taste is improved by the addition of extra sugar and fat that do not have minerals that the body requires for healthy living.

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