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Make America Healthy Again

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on August 6, 2019 15:51

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The mathematical trend says that in 29 years, there will not be a single American of a normal weight left.

Today, approximately 66% of American adults are overweight or obese. Based on past trends, this amount is projected to skyrocket to 86.3% by 2030. By 2048, the math says that there will not be a single American of a normal weight left.

The study probably will not hold true for actors, models, or anyone else who relies on their looks to make a living. But it does warn of a grave future for ordinary citizens. Obesity can destroy one’s health, causing life threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, and breathing problems. The monetary strain obesity currently places on the healthcare system ranges from 147 billion to 210 billion per year. And it will only get worse as the years go on. 

If you’re surprised, just look around--fast food restaurants line the streets, sucking people’s money and physical fitness. Portion sizes seem to double every decade. The price tag on healthy food items has likewise escalated. Although stores have been built, people still have to hunt for healthy food, scrutinizing numerous labels to find organic products without hydrogenated fat. 

Back when America was the most obese country in the world, there was some discussion on the epidemic. But now that other countries have surpassed us, it seems as if mainstream society has forgotten about this particular health crisis. Everyday, politicians make extravagant promises on a variety of topics, but none focus on obesity. There is constant debate surrounding our healthcare system but little talk of the root of the illnesses that plague millions. 

Climate change, the opioid epidemic, and other ills to society have received much coverage from the media, as well as attention from our leaders. To many, “big pharma” and “plastic” have become bad words. 

So why isn’t obesity dominating the headlines? Why aren’t there anti-fast food activists as famous as Greta Thunberg? Why hasn’t junk food been completely banned from schools? 

All of the evidence about the harmfulness of obesity and its connection to fast food is readily available online. In addition, many people have seen the devastating results of obesity-induced diseases first hand. 

However, there is so much going on in the world that people do not view their physical state as a priority. Such apathy cannot continue. America’s health needs to be treated like the national concern it is. People need to be reminded that their bodies matter. 

How will we solve the problems around us if we ourselves are deteriorating?

 

Shivani Tripathi

Posted on August 6, 2019 15:51

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Source: MedicineNet

Title: Health Tip: Overcoming the Obesity Epidemic Category: Health News Created: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review:...

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