Obesity in America: Why it has Grown Worse?

Obesity in America is now a growing problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed in their research that for the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and prevalence estimates remain high. Based on the statistics of CDC for obesity in US, 33.8 percent of the adults’ populations are diagnosed to be obese and 17% of children and adolescents (ages 2-19) populations are suffering from obesity.

Despite the different weight loss formulas that most Americans follow, it is still so alarming to learn that the prevalence of obesity on the said country continues to increase. And why it is so alarming? Simply because carrying extra pounds is highly associated to increasing the risk of individuals to develop serious diseases such as stroke, diabetes, hypertension, heart and cardiovascular disorders, etc.

One of the common reasons why people become overweight and obese is over consumption particularly of foods and drinks that are high in calories. Let us admit it that our busy work schedule and lack of time to cook healthy meals forced us to be reliant on fast foods or prepared meals. Although these types of meals are usually cheaper and easy to access, what the consumers do not know much is these fast foods and beverages from drive-thru restaurants contain large amount of fats, salt, and sugar hence; they are considered as high calorie foods that provide little nutrition.

It is not too late to conquer obesity in US. If each of us will only be aware of our calorie intake and avoid sedentary lifestyle, for sure the number of obese individuals will be reduced in the coming years.

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