Fat Land Book Review Every new year brings with it a host of new pressing issues and challenges that our nation must confront and overcome, and though economic and global concerns certainly deserve a large part of our attention, as a nation we have almost entirely forgotten or ignored many problems that have been plaguing us for decades. Chiefly among these concerns is the ever growing obesity epidemic, which has seen a dramatic increase over the past several decades and looks to be continuing its trend into our near future. In his book, Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World, Greg Critser delves into many of the significant causes behind this staggering increase in girth our nation has been experiencing, and offers
He claims that it is very easy to find fast food restaurants everywhere, but healthy food is not accessible everywhere. The author emphasis that obesity is a very serious problem and it increase sickness like diabetes in the society and government spends huge amount of many on diabetes every
“Why Shame Won’t Stop Obesity” Obesity is a huge social issue in America, and the reputation of fast food and junk food doesn’t make it any better. More Americans are developing critical health issues due to obesity. In “Why Shame Won’t Stop Obesity” by Dhruv Khullar, Khullar states that shaming obesity will not stop it. We must recognize that we have created a food environment, but there is much we can do and should do to reverse that trend. I have to agree with Khullar and the statements that he made in the article about shaming obesity, why there is so much obesity, and steps to reverse the trend of obesity.
The documentary “The Weight of the Nation Part One (Consequences)”, does an excellent job of depicting how severe the health consequences are in correlation to the obesity epidemic. The utmost thought-provoking data in this documentary is that 68.8% of American adults are overweight or obese. When it comes down to it, people should not be looking the other way, because the nation needs to come together and make it a priority to discover a solution. In addition, morbid obesity has outstandingly increased since 1980, which I for one find that particularly alarming. This epidemic is a concern in which ascended over the span of the last thirty years.
“New York City’s Board of Health today passed a rule banning super-sized drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries.” (Doc A). Individuals in the United States are overweight because they do not know how to limit themselves. If the government were to control one of the main reasons people are obese, then several people would not be overweight because the government would take care of the problem. Banning sugary drinks over 16-ounces would help people lower their sugar intake, which would help people stay in excellent health.
A multiple factors are responsible to contribute development of obesity, some may be hereditary or biological traits that differ between different individuals related to body weight, environmental and socioeconomic and behavioural factors. Excess body weight also affects quality of life a person lives, education (difficulty in concentration), income potential and increases risk of mortality . Lifestyle modification is one of the important aspects to overcome this problem of obesity. The main purpose of this study is to understand the classification of obesity, the prevalence of obesity among Canadian population, what are the risk factors associated
Today about one in three children in the United States are obese, and is the number one cause of death in America. Childhood obesity is now more concerning to people than drug abuse and smoking. Obesity not only has disgusting physical effects, it also will have negative changes to a person’s personality. Even though many people are aware of the problems obesity brings, there still has been at least a 50% increase in obese people since 1980. Obesity will cause extreme health problems and possibly death if people don’t change their diets, activity levels, or emotional needs towards food.
Obesity is an issue that affects many people worldwide. In the article “Why Shame Won’t Stop Obesity”, by Dhruv Khullar, Khullar tries to argue that obesity is a major problem in the United States and the way the country is handling this issue is incorrect. Khullar goes to medical school and experiences first hand the problems people with obesity have to deal with. He believes that some people have no option when it comes to what they choose to eat and that food industries are influencing people in the wrong way. He makes a strong and clear argument by identifying issues, providing evidence, solutions, and counter arguments.
The purpose behind this essay is to spark the minds of readers to take action on obesity. This growing problem of obesity in America will not be solved by taking ridiculous measures, such as ceasing the sale of clothing items above the size medium. I enhanced the effect of this piece by satirizing the topic and including satirical devices such as comparison, imagery, and humor. By comparing the healthy versus obese people to a seesaw, readers can now imagine this seesaw tipping back and forth as a representation of health among Americans. While listing ideas considered in reality but turned down in this essay, I mention the elimination of soda cups the size of a person’s swimming pool.
Obesity has gained a lot of attention in the recent years especially in the 21st century. Right now in America, there is an ongoing epidemic. The cause is not by viruses or bacteria, but by human nature. There is no one way to solve this serious problem. With growing body sizes and serious medical problems associated with obesity, it is a problem that needs to be addressed and changed.
Saletan gives more than enough information on how, when, and what is happening worldwide about obesity. Although he does not give a solution, he still made an eye opening experience while reading this essay. Obesity is now happening worldwide. Yes I said it, worldwide according to Saletan. “Egyptian, Mexican, and South African women are as fat as American”, he claims in the second paragraph.
Introduction In the last two decades they have changed many behaviours due to advancing industrialization and rising incomes, which had immediate impact on the lifestyle of people. Some of the most obvious changes associated with the phenomenon of obesity in the twentieth century are the industrial processing of food, increasing car use, the expansion of the culture of fast food and sedentary. Cutler et al, 2008).
It is brought to the attention of people all around the world that unemployment rates of citizens in the United States as well as the percentage of those who are obese, continue to drastically increase. The CDC reported that at least seventeen percent of children in the US from the age of two to nineteen are obese. In 2010, it was also reported that the rate of obesity has remained steady for five years for men and nearly ten years for women and children. “...about 34.9 percent of US adults, or 78.6 million people, are obese and that obesity-related conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. ”(Opposing Viewpoints)
In the new era we live in, the levels of obese and overweight individuals are highly growing across the globe. Overweight is defined as the identification of individuals and groups at increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Obesity is considered to be a disease of fat accumulating irregularly to an extent that it can harmfully disrupt an individual's health, it is also related to psychological problems and negative consequences. The situation of cumulative incidents of excess body fat is mostly due to industrialization, a mixture of little exercise, more abundance and availability of food, commonly in the industrialized nations of the Western Hemisphere. This situation comes along with a lot of controversy on the topic; overweight and obese individuals began to feel offended and discriminated by society, thus in reaction to this they created the Fat Acceptance Movement.
As a hole there should be more restaurants that promote healthy food choices. Obesity in the United States is out of proportion and something need to be don , not necessarily at the point of government intersection but this needs to be fix some way somehow. ”public health experts say that an unhealthy diet and the lack of exercise are still the two biggest culprits. ”-Felix gusson.