U.S. Obesity.

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The United States is known world wide for being the land of opportunity and happiness. In the 'land of opportunity', why is it that the people are so overly concerned with everything in their lives that they apparently do not take care of their precious bodies? Why does the wealthiest country in the world act so carelessly when it comes to healthy eating and staying fit?

The United States of America has an obesity rate of 65%, which is 22% higher than the rest of the world (Jamison). This striking statistic is mainly due to the overall way of life of Americans compared to the less spoiled countries around the world. Americans desperately need to change their ways of life so the obesity rate can shrink and the people can become healthier.

Far too many Americans are becoming overweight or obese due to their diets and modern lifestyles. Obesity is defined by a person's body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated by the weight of a person in kilograms divided by the square of the height of a person in meters (kg/m"). Obese, as defined by Dr James Geoff, is having a BMI of 30 kg/m".

Dr. Karle Jamison of the United States Department of Health and Human Services emphasizes that the United States' obesity rate is out of control. Since the early 1980's, the United States has seen an 77% increase in the obese population. Not to mention, in the 1980's obese was defined as having a BMI of 23 kg/m". If that definition still stood today, 80% of Americans would be considered obese (Jamison). These are very alarming figures that urgently need to be controlled.

Obesity is not as simple as it may seem. To most, obesity is just being extremely overweight, not that big of a...