Obesity Argumentative Essay

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Obesity

The Increasing Battle against Obesity
Obesity is a disease that affects nearly one-third of the adult American population, or
approximately 60 million Americans. The number of overweight and obese Americans has
continued to increase since 1960, a trend that shows no sign of subsidence. Today, 64.5
percent, or about 127 million adult Americans are categorized as being overweight or
obese. Each year, obesity causes at least 300,000 excess deaths in the U.S., and
healthcare costs of American adults with obesity amount to approximately $100 billion.
Obesity is characterized by increased body weight and is caused by the excessive
accumulation of fat. By taking in more calories than are burned on a daily basis, the
excess is then stored in your body as fat. Doctors and scientist generally agree that men
with more than 25 percent of body fat and women with more than 30 percent of body fat are
considered to be overweight. However, it is difficult to measure body fat precisely. The
body mass index (BMI) has become the most common method used in medical standard today.
Among several factors such as diet and exercise, there are five main causes that
contribute to the growing number of obese people in America: environmental factors,
psychological factors, genetic or hereditary factors, underlying physical factors, and
medication factors.

Our environment plays a huge part in many cases of obesity. Environmental factors include
lifestyle behaviors such as what and how much a person eats and how active they tend to
be. As a society America falls into the high fat, low exercise category. Many overweight
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