Obesity in the United States
Mesa Messenger Editorial Staff
Contrary to popular American belief, eating isn’t a right, it is a privilege; and it’s being abused by adults and children in the United States. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, one in three adults are currently considered clinically obese.
Major news sources circulate obesity statistics every day, and yet, there have not been noticeable societal responses to these staggering statistics. There are many differences between the current post-college generation and the parental generation, especially when it comes to eating habits. From a young age, modern parents tend to allow their children to binge themselves on products that are extremely cheap, accessible, and unhealthy.
Currently, it seems as though fast food franchises are popping up on every corner. The biggest difference between our society and those prior to ours is that in general, we fail to consider the impact that the substances we consume have our body. Eating out of sheer boredom has become a pastime throughout this nation. The biggest problem with our glutinous society is our irresponsible disregard for actual knowledge about our eating habits. Many of the foods we regularly consume are high in sugar and low in nutrition, and the children of this society feel the effects of this diet the most.
According to cdc.gov, obese youth are more at risk for cardiovascular diseases, such as high cholesterol and diabetes. Other risks include joint problems, sleep apnea, and even social disorders such as low self-esteem and stigmatization. According to research conducted by the Huffington Post, there were over 260,000 fast food restaurant as of 2012. A Gallup poll showed that 8 in 10 Americans reported eating at a fast food restaurant monthly. Another Gallup poll concluded that 3 out of 4 people agree that the food they are consuming is not good for themselves, yet they continue to indulge on it.
The overarching narrative here is that American citizens are ignorant to the effects that fast food has on their health. Due to the accessibility, price, and taste appeal, the decision to not eat fast food is made more difficult. This trend is especially seen in lower income families. Fast food has taken away lives far too early, caused many to live in distress, yet it is thriving more than ever. A big problem is seen here that needs to be taken care of sooner rather than later. More resources need to be allocated to the prevention of unhealthy fast food and more time spent educating the harmful effects these foods can have. Next time you feel like grabbing a bite, make sure you know what is entering your body before you miss the chance.