The Epidemic of Obesity In America
Obesity has become an epidemic in America.
It affects people from all walks of life.
Most notably, children are beginning to deal with the effects of obesity.
Increasing numbers of American children are obese.
At one time obesity was a symbol of wealth. Only people of means could afford enough food for the body to store the excess as fat. That is no longer the case.
The convenience of fast food has left all of America with an expanding waistline.
Some believe that introduction of chemically altered ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, present in many soft drinks, has contributed to the explosion of obesity in American.
A reduction of physical activity has also been cited as a potential contributor in the growth of obesity. More Americans have jobs in offices doing paperwork instead of on farms and in factories doing laborious tasks. Public education is in a crisis. With limited budgets, educators are being forced to choose reading and math at the expense of physical education. Recreation has transitioned from participating in extracurricular sports to sitting in front of a television screen or playing video games.
America is being preached at to get off of the couch and do something. There are always nutritionists on the morning news giving tips on how to make lettuce taste good. But getting rid of the weight is not as easy as talking. It takes determination and willpower. Cutting calories and exercising is easy in the beginning. But when the results don’t show up immediately, it is easy to get discouraged. After all, you’ve been working your butt off and have nothing to show for it. The thing is, your body isn’t so keen on letting go of its fat reserves because it thinks you’re going to need them in case there is a shortage of food sometime in your future. Your body thinks it’s looking out for your best interests when it is actually shortening your life span and opening you up to all kinds of diseases.
Because it is so hard to defeat obesity, this epidemic in America is likely to grow. Sadly, it has both a physical and a psychological effect. Overcoming the psychological damage is likely the key reversing the physical damage done by obesity.