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A Large Problem with Large People Over the past forty years, obesity has been a fast-growing problem in the world. As of right now, the United States is leading the epidemic with thirty-two percent of its total population classified as “obese” (Menifield 84). While other countries struggle with a similar problem and share many of the same contributing factors, the United States’ relationship with obesity is much more personal. It seems as though America is encouraging obesity, both in public life as well as in the home. Advertisements on television and the radio encourage unhealthy food. There is no escaping temptation. Developing countries are now starting to face obesity problems as American influence continues to spread and affects other countries, inciting a desire to consume unhealthy food and participate in limited physical activity. Many studies have been done in search of the cause of obesity and a way to stop this ongoing problem from continuing and expanding. These studies have shown that the only way to stop obesity is to work on prevention techniques. As a result, the problem will be taken out by the roots. The causes, while unknown exactly, seem to be connected to the large amounts of unhealthy food that people consume as well as the overall laziness of the American people. Although the United States has begun making serious attempts to combat the problem of obesity, not enough attention is being paid to the underlying factors of the crisis. As Americans have been consumed in the growing trend of overeating in the last forty years, they have begun to lose sight of how much is to actually be eaten in a well balanced diet. Cookbooks have begun to follow this trend as well. Nanci Hellmich notes, “Researchers at Cornell Food and Brand Lab reviewed the serving sizes and calorie content of seven editions of the [Joy of Cooking] cookbook from 1936 -2006.” (Hellmich). She then points out that the average calories per serving increased in seventeen recipes from the book over the seventy-year
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time span. “In 1936, recipes averaged 2,124 calories, with 268 calories per serving. In 2006, the average recipe had 3,052 calories, with 436 calories a serving, researchers found. Increases in fat and sugar and larger servings were cited” (Hellmich). It is evident that even original American recipes are contributing to the obesity factor in the United States. Also due to the changes in caloric content are all the new artificial flavored foods that require synthetic and unhealthy ingredients to create the food. These unnatural flavors are not only going towards creation of the product but to things like texture and appearance as well. Some foods are completely artificial and contain no nutritional benefits; these foods are simply
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This note was uploaded on 09/08/2009 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Fall '08 term at Washington State University .

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