The scholarly peer- reviewed article that I read on obesity in America discusses how America have higher rates of obesity than any other country in the world. Americans are exposed to so much luxury and an abundance of food that is processed and cheap that it is easy to gain excess weight. Also poorer Americans are shown to be more likely to have obesity, due to not having the money to buy healthier foods like fresh fruits and vegetables. Also if people live in an unsafe community they most likely do not go outside for exercise because it would put them in danger. Not having money for healthy food and not having a safe place to exercise to stay in shape leads to weight gain and therefore obesity. Biologically obesity can be passed down if the family history is to be on the heavier side and have a slower metabolism, but obesity can still be prevented even if it does run in the family. It is more of a cycle of bad habits that need to be broken. If Americans enforced health care for all and had healthier food in systems like food funds, that the less fortunate use Americans would have a less likely chance of developing this illness. More recently attention is being brought to the illness. Due to more and more children developing obesity in America doctors and nutritionists are making a greater efforts to bring awareness to the situation. There are many more fit clubs in public schools and children are learning earlier about the need to eat healthy foods and exercise every day. I think with more awareness and the education of the youth, obesity can be lowered. There are such simple solutions to such a large culture bound syndrome that as a country we need to concern ourselves with this issue to make Americans healthier.
Bray, George. “Obesity in America”. Hathi Trust Digital Library. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015000308091;view=1up;seq=1 (July 18th, 2014).