Obesity Rapidly Growing

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Obesity is a growing problem in the United States. Arlene Evangelista from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, says, Obesity is a disease of epidemic proportions. 1 out of 3 Americans have obesity.

Obesity as we know is a big problem in the United States. Obesity is overweightness due to a variety of things. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease or, NIDDKD for short, states that obesity is defined as a person whose weight is higher than what is considered as a normal weight.

A lot of things can cause obesity. It can range from many different things, such as fast food, alcohol, technology, laziness, sedentary work or lifestyle, low cost of unhealthy living, motorized transportation, stress, and energy saving devices. Studies say that there is not just one cause of obesity.

While obesity has been around for centuries, it has grown rapidly over recent years. Andrew Prentice from International Journal of Epidemiology states that the World Health Organization (WHO) is finding themselves having to deal with this epidemic. They also say that obesity and diabetes will affect developing countries and having an increasing amount of new cases of diabetes of tons of people. WHO held a consultation in 1997 warning that the obesity epidemic will escalate obesity and non-communicable disease of many countries. One of the factors for obesity is fast food.

Fast food is one of the many reasons to cause obesity. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) says that obesity was the second-leading cause of preventable death in 2002. Today, Americans are considered to be the fattest people in the world after Islanders. Studies show that fast food is a big part in childhood obesity. In the documentary Super-Size Me, Morgan Spurlock ate McDonald’s for all 3 meals of the day for 30 days. He gained 20 pounds and had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Another big part in obesity is alcohol.

Alcohol is a big factor in obesity. Straight Talk About Teen Drinking (STATD) says that alcohol is a drug. There are many different alcohol varieties. There is rum, gin, liquor, beer, wine, and many more. STATD says that alcohol is a depressant. It slows down the central nervous system. STATD says, alcohol hinders our judgement, physical sensations, emotional functioning, motor skills, speech, learning ability, and memory. Alcohol is made up of the chemical compound C2H5OH. Some forms of alcohol have more calories in them then others do,

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