Obesity in America


Oliver (123) defines obesity as a medical condition that is characterized by the accumulation of excessive body fat which may have negative effects on health, resulting in increased health problems and reduced life expectancy. Obesity is associated with various diseases, such as heart disease, obstructive sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, and cancer (Oliver 131). In America, obesity is a necessary health topic because there is a growing epidemic among the American population, both adults and children. Being obese or overweight does not just impact the individual; it negatively affects the community at large because of the financial problem it places on people (McKnight 89). Health care in America is non-affordable because large sums of money are diverted into the treatment of obesity individuals. There is a variety of suggestions concerned with the prevention of obesity or overweight among the American population. Some suggestions may effectively address the problem of obesity, while others may be ineffective.
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