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Sarah Boyle Comp 101 Prof. Seeley December 10 th , 2015 In recent years obesity has become a very visible problem in America. The prevalence of overweight and obese individuals has increased significantly in the last 30 years. Obesity is not only a cosmetic concern, it is a disorder when a person with excess body fat becomes at risk for various types of disease including type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and untimely death. Obesity is usually self-treatable and self-diagnosable but if not controlled efficiently, it can last years or up to a life time. The progressive trend in obesity is due to a change in the American diet, as well as an overall acceptance of a sedentary lifestyle. Caloric intake in individuals has increased due to foods high in sugar, like soda products. Communities are constantly advocating for healthier lifestyles and fitness programs in hopes to better the environment for the people, especially children who are at the greatest risk during the rising obesity epidemic. Most people will agree that exercise habits or lack of them are responsible for the obesity widespread. Others will argue that mal-nutrition is largely to blame. Closer examination shows that sugary drinks including soda and juice are linked to increasing obesity and disorders such as type II diabetes. The amplified rate of overweight and obese individuals and amount of people with certain disease
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due to the disorder is a result of the combination of sugary drinks and individuals not taking advantage of a healthy life style approach. Obesity is at an all-time high in the United States. Two thirds of adults are obese, one third of children are obese, and as young adults develop they become more at risk for this disorder. In current years the prevalence of obesity in the youth was at 16 percent and 34.9 percent in adults, research shows that these rates will not be declining but more likely increasing, putting the populous at risk for detrimental lifestyles (Ogden). These numbers are more than double past generations. There are many factors that contribute to obesity that many people do not consider, and they all result in frightening consequences. These penalties include physical, mental, and costly disabilities. Being obese or overweight increases the risk of debilitating conditions. Some disorders associated with obesity are among the nation’s leading causes of disease and death. It is positively associated heart disease, stroke, various types of cancers, and type II diabetes. Obesity has also been found to increase chances of neurological detriment, for example those who are overweight or obese have greater chances for developing Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s, and dementia earlier in life (Cloutier). Along with physical incapacities, obesity has also been linked to psychological problems that include poor self-esteem, altered self-image, aggression, depression; isolation, anxiety and suicide (Cloutier). Individuals who are
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