contemporary world issues

Essay by jrbookwormHigh School, 11th gradeA+, April 2014

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When people think global issues, world hunger is often what comes to mind, not enough people see obesity as an issue that requires equal attention. One of the reasons that this issue would require more attention is that it is a growing issue in modern societies that affect the day to day lives of obese individuals. Obesity prevents daily physical activity and therefore increasing many health risks. Mental illnesses such as depression are results of obesity. Some of the individuals that are affected by such diseases and illnesses have completed much less than even half their lives before having to deal with such issues. Obesity is a growing issue that requires more action.

On a daily basis, the first world battles many illnesses including heart disease, cancer, blood pressure and diabetes, these illnesses are all results of obesity. An example of obesity is simply sedentary lifestyle choices, such as watching television.

A study done at the University of Leicester and Loughborough University in England; has found in 18 studies, including 800,000 participants, that sitting for long periods increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and death. In another study, Australian researchers looked at TV watching specifically. "TV viewing time may have adverse health consequences that rival those of lack of physical activity, obesity and smoking," it stated. "Every single hour of TV viewed may shorten life by as much as 22 minutes." Through these researches, its proven how dangerous inactivity can become for an obese individual. The risks of diabetes, heart disease and death, increasing is enough to ensure that more action needs to be taken. Every hour of watching television may shorten 22 minutes of your life; why is watching television even allowed because how many lives does the first world lose on a daily basis because of...