Obesity is a relatively recent and ongoing epidemic in the United States. In many parts of the world, one thing America is stereotyped for is having many obese people. This is a great example of a culture bound syndrome, because it is because of our fast-paced and unhealthy (for some people) lifestyles that seem to have caused it to become so prevalent in our society. Not only does it effect adults, but many children as well, causing them to face many health problems throughout their childhoods that otherwise would have not been there. For example, it can cause diabetes and heart problems in people, and decrease your lifespan. Because you have so much extra weight that your body must take care of, it becomes harder for your body to take care of other more essential parts properly, thus causing those types of diseases. Also, having too much adipose tissue can cause the release of excess endogenous hormones and proinflammatory cytokines. According to the article “Obesity: America’s Epidemic” published in The American Journal of Nursing, 65% of American adults are either overweight or obese. In just about 20 years, the percentage doubled from the 80s. Also according to the article, obesity increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, dyslipidemia, arthritis, sleep apnea, gallstone formation, and certain cancers. Sedentary lifestyles and overeating are common in the US. We have one of the largest food portions in the world, and chronic overeating can cause you to lose the ability to sense fullness from a meal, causing you to eat more. Also, the average American diet exceeds the recommended amounts for fat, carbs, and salt, while less than a third of American adults have the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. According to the article, socioeconomic status has been considered a factor due to the low cost of prepackaged high-calorie foods and limited access to fresh fruit and veggies in less affluent neighborhoods. For years, some medical professionals, but mainly society, has tried to solve the problem with diets. However, it has been proven that these don’t work in the long run. Health care professionals unanimously agree that prevention of obesity is the best way to fight the disease. It is a very preventative disease, and should be avoided.