Obesity Compare and Constrast Essay

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It is said that an obesity epidemic is sweeping the country and that the numbers are
astronomical. Approximately 31% of all adults and 15% of children, ages 6-19 are obese.
Obesity is also severe in a variety of ethnic groups. For example, 50% of non-Hispanic
black women are obese. Many researchers believe that the trend in obesity as a lot to do
with cultural, economic, and environmental factors. Simply stated I think it can be
attributed to genetics, portion size as well as food available and cost, and laziness.

Obesity can run in your family. For instance, if one of your parents is obese you are
three times more likely to become obese than if you had parents of a healthy weight. Also
the way your body responds to food is genetically linked. Food intake and activity
patterns reflect the influence of genetic factors. Genes can also influence how calories
are used, how efficiently your body uses calories determines how much fat will be stored.
However, genetics can only determine the tendency you have to be obese. Eating right and
exercising regularly will be what actually determines if you are overweight or not.

Another reason for obesity becoming so prevalent in our society can be blamed on portion
size and food available as well as its cost. Food chains and companies compete with one
another by increasing portion size. As the portions increase so do our waistlines. Also,
our mile a minute lifestyles make it hard to sit down and enjoy a nutritious meal. Much
too often we run through a drive-thru to grab a cheeseburger, fries, and a coke. A lot of
times I will run through a drive thru and look at the menu, trying to be health conscience
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