Inthe United States, health and medical issues are fast changing theAmerican population negatively whereby young people are getting sickat rapidly high rates than ever before. This is attributed to thefact that most American food items are processed and preserved inrefrigerated factories. Hence, the quality of food substances isdistorted with chemicals used for addictive and preservative purposes(Trust for America’s Health & Robert Wood Johnson Foundationpar). This paper will conduct a summary of the health effects ofobesity in the United States.
Medicalstatistics shows that illiterate and uneducated Americans arevulnerable to obese tendencies because they are unaware of therepercussions caused by eating unhealthy food substances. Thesestatistics show that racial and ethnic differences contribute toobesity trends among the American population whereby Black and Latinocommunities have the highest obesity rates in the country (Trust forAmerica’s Health & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation par). Overthe years, obesity among the adult population has stabilized but ithas exponentially increased among children as young as 3year olds.Historic research shows that Americans have gained extra 24 poundstoday compared to 1960 (Trust for America’s Health & RobertWood Johnson Foundation par). However, obesity among children hastripled since 1980 but the rate has stabilized for the past decade.Health statistics show that race plays a significant role of obesityrates in the country whereby African-Americans are feared to beleading population group with the highest obese people in the countryfollowed by Latinos, Whites and Asian-Americans (Trust for America’sHealth & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation par). Differences insocio-economic status play a major role in how obese cases persist inthe American population because poor, illiterate people tend to eatunhealthy processed food items without understanding the consequencesof consuming such food substances. Among the adult population,middle-aged adults are more obese and overweight compared to theiryounger adult counterparts because of the age factor (Trust forAmerica’s Health & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation par). This isdue to the fact the young adults are more flexible and are moresensitive to their body appearance and what they eat.
Ingeneral, the United States of America is a country known for itsprocessed food substances which lead to obesity among its peoplehence resulting in eating disorders and health complications.Fortunately, the government is enforcing better policies to ensureAmerica becomes a healthy nation (Trust for America’s Health &Robert Wood Johnson Foundation par).
Trustfor America’s Health & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. TheState of Better Policies for a Healthier America. 2015.Retrieved fromhttp://stateofobesity.org/obesity-rates-trends-overview/