With Americans leading hectic,fast-paced lifestyles with little downtime,we often turn to fast food. Thislack of time and of attention to nutritionhas led to an obesity epidemic inthe United States.
According to the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention, there has beena large increase in obesity in the UnitedStates in the past 20 years. Variousstates have obese percentages rangingfrom 18 to around a staggering 32 percentof their populations. Obesity aloneis sometimes the main factor of Type 2Diabetes, different types of cancer andcardiovascular disease.
Unfortunately, obesity oftentimesstarts during childhood. First Lady MichelleObama took time to address thisissue when she spoke before the U.S.Conference of Mayors last week, statingthat “nearly one third of children inAmerica are overweight or obese…”
This is due in part to the reliancethat many children have on moderntechnology. Kids are reported as spendingupwards of six hours a day in frontof televisions and computer screens.
And living in a household whereboth parents work long hours makes it amuch easier option to order take-out oreat junk food on a regular basis.
With obesity rates increasing at analarming rate, measures need to be takenin order to prevent this disease.
First, education about nutritionneeds to start at an early age. It is important for parents to take the time outto help their children develop healthyeating habits, as well as take the timeto teach their children about the importanceof exercise and physical activity.
Any type of physical activity,whether it’s a walk in the park or a bicycleride, should become an integralpart of a young person’s life. Exercisealso helps release endorphins-achemical that makes people happy-therefore physical activity will producemore enjoyment than just sitting infront of a television screen.
If the issue of obesity is not takencare of and controlled, the percentageof the population suffering fromit will continue to increase tremendously.
This increase in obesity willcreate tougher times for the countrybecause of the increase of health complications based on the health risksobesity produces. Economically, havingto care for so many individualssuffering from obesity can take a largetoll on the country. Obesity is unlikethe other diseases that strike manyAmericans; it is one that can be prevented,taken care of and reduced withthe proper care and attention.