Paper: Obesity as a Major Health Risk in the United States

Researchers find that 18.2% of premature deaths in the U.S. are associated with excess body mass (Healy A.13). The society has a problem with weight control. Across the USA obesity is a big problem and is spreading. It started as older people only being obese, but now is growing into younger and younger ages. It has been said that if you are obese as a child, you will stay obese through adulthood. They’re reasons why people are obese and don’t want to change or can’t change. Obesity is a growing problem in the USA and people should be awarded about this and be active. People don’t get fat for the fun of it. There are reasons why people get so obese. One of the reasons is stress and emotion. When people are stressed or have an emotional break down it can cause them to eat. The typical response to a lot of people when something dramatic has happen or when you have a lot of emotions flowing at once. In the movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Bonnie Grape, the mom was a beautiful girl when she was younger. Then her husband hung himself and Bonnie got depressed. So she ate and ate and stayed inside for the rest of her life and became obese. Then eventually died at the end of the movie. People don’t know what to do sometimes, so all they do is eat, which can cause obesity. Eating is not a good go to source to clear your emotions. United States is number one in the obesity charts in developing countries. More than 35.7% of adults in America are obese. Children are about the same as adults. A little more than one-third is obese. In 2010 Mississippi was the leading state with 34.4% being obese and the lowest was Colorado with 19.8%. Iowa was high on the list with 28.1%. People are dying from being to fat (Ambider). America has the title of being the most obese country now. That is a big fat insult to us and if we want to change the title, it will have to start with us. 2 To change the title from “ America, home of the fats” we have to go out and be active. For kids, we started a program, Play 60. Which gets the kids playing for at least an hour each day. Also showing them that it’s a good time being active. For adults we have been making shows like “ The Biggest Loser”. Those are just some big things that are popular around the U.S or just simply go to a local gym or get a personal trainer to help you out. Or find something to motivate you to be active instead of sitting on the couch being a couch potato. Obesity is a big problem in the U.S. Not the biggest problem in the states, but still a serious matter. People just get depressed or something they can’t overcome so they just eat and eat and then pay for it later on. People are dying, getting bullied, and made fun of for them being obese. Obesity shouldn’t be something you die from. Respect your body by feeding it healthy stuff and treat it right. America needs to start getting off their lazy butt’s and be active and maintain a healthy body. ...