Get On Your Feet: Exercise and the Obesity Epidemic.
The people of the United States face a deadly killer. One that will, for the first time in history, result in this generations children having a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents. The killer is obesity and though it may seem to be a new crisis, it has been classified and published about for some time. Nestle and Jacobson report that obesity has been classified as a threat for over fifty years, “Concern about obesity is not ...view middle of the document...
” (14). This crisis is the result of a sedentary lifestyle led by a large number of the population combined with overeating and a complete lack of exercise and health education. The percentage of Americans classified as obese stands at 34 percent. Another 30 percent are merely overweight. This is a clear and present danger to the nation. The costs associated with obesity are currently as is as high as $157 billion annually. We must make decisions now or obesity will rob us of our future and harm our country. We must wake up to the following truth. Exercise is the most important part of a strategy to regulate and conquer the obesity epidemic engulfing the United States. If there ever was a war that is needed, it is a war on obesity.
There are many factors behind this growing threat. There is a genetic factor. Some recent studies have concluded that 25 to 40 percent of a person’s BMI is heritable (World Health Organization 134). But genetics alone cannot explain the explosive rise of obesity. If obesity was unavoidable due to genetics, there would be historic evidence of obese populations in past cultures. Obesity was not prevalent before our modern era. You could look at old carnival pictures you see what they considered the fattest man in the world would actually be normal sized compared to thirty percent of the American population today