Obese America: What Went Wrong? Term Paper

The paper examines the causes of obesity within US society and the problems it causes.
# 145750 | 2,340 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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According to the paper, nearly two thirds of the population of the United States are classified as overweight and one third of that number are classed as obese. The paper states that this phenomena is on the rise and examines the many elements that cause obesity. The paper examines technological, psychological, environmental, physical and social factors that, according to the author, contribute to obesity.

From the Paper:

"The black plague of the 21st century; an increasing amount of researchers and scientists are beginning to classify obesity as an epidemic. Obesity is a nationwide problem that has been on the rise for the past six decades. Many studies show that the advancements in technology can be linked to the rise in obesity (Exchange: Obesity Policy Choices). From the creation of televisions in the mid 1900's to the constant improvements of I pods' in the 21st century, the more popular and convenient these technological innovations become, the lazier individuals in the United States of America turn out to be. Other modern advances that are linked to the rise in obesity are microwaves, high fructose syrup and artificial preservatives. Obesity is caused when an individual consumes more calories than he/she burns. Human bodies need calories to sustain life and be physically active, but to maintain weight, individuals need to balance the energy they eat with the energy they use. When a person eats more calories than he or she burns, the energy balance is tipped toward weight gain and obesity (Exchange: Obesity Policy Choices). Many Americans are guilty of this offense as statistics show that approximately 60% of children in America are obese (Exchange: Obesity Policy Choices). Nearly 2/3 of the United States populations are overweight and 1/3rd of that 2/3rds is obese (Exchange: Obesity Policy Choices). One must pinpoint and eradicate the many causes which contribute to obesity to ensure they live a healthier life."

Sample of Sources Used:

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