Why is Obesity a Problem In America?

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Kenely TorresEnglish III: Ms.FuentesDate Due: December 19, 2007About 5% of U.S citizens are about 100 or more pounds overweight, and 1 out of every 3 people in the world are obese and in some surveys 2 out of every 3 Americans are obese. Based on current surveys and studies, the numbers are likely to increase. People carrying this much excess weight are 2 to 3 times more likely to die prematurely than people at an average weight. They are also frequently bothered by chronic medical problems, including heart diseases, diabetes and osteoarthritis, and their likelihood of living a regular life is basically thrown out the window because of there variety of problems, including impaired mobility, breathing difficulty, depression and low self-esteem. But why is this problem in America?My findings on this issue are, that I have realized obesity starts at an early age. This is fueling a new problem that has basically taken months off the average human life span.

"It's one thing for an adult of 45 or 55 to develop type 2 diabetes and then experience life threatening complications …. In their late 50s or 60s. But for a 4 year-old or 6 year-old who's obese to develop Type 2 diabetes at 14 or 16" raises the possibility of devastating complications before reaching age 30, says Dr. David Ludwig of Children's Boston "It's Really a staggering prospect." While national attention is starting to focus on contributors to the obesity problem in America , including the prevalence of fast-food, soft drinks in schools and cuts in physical education classes. What America is lacking is a clear view for addressing the obesity epidemic. What I am trying to say is, America knows obesity is a problem but we as a nation don't view it as a serious threat and...