A Brief Analysis of America's Obesity Crisis

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We know that America has a severe obesity crisis; there are hundreds of movies, books, and articles attempting to answer the same question: how did we get this far? Each author, director, and journalist has their own theory for how America fell so far down the rabbit hole of obesity, but there are three main reasons. To sum it up, everything can be traced down to an obsession with fast food and sugar.

It’s no secret that we as Americans love our fast food. There’s a Starbucks on every block, a McDonald’s in every neighborhood, a Burger King in ever mall. Such is the story across the United States. However, other countries also have a lot of restaurants chains; England with their pubs, France with their patissiers, and China with their streetside food stops. However, their children do not regularly make the news for having the highest risk of diabetes before age 20. Why does this problem affect America so specifically? The answer lies in our serving sizes; restaurants are notorious for serving us much more than could possibly be considered healthy. Consuming these larger serving sizes on a regular basis is part of what can cause obesity, and the multitude of health problems that result from it.

Additionally, we have come to believe that fat is the ultimate enemy of those who desire a healthy body; as a result, we reject most food that has any types of fat or oil written on the label. When companies cannot use fat to make foods taste good, they pile in the sugar. And that sugar is truly causing hundreds of issues. Americans don’t even realize how much sugar they consume. One can find artificial sugars even in foods that are meant to be “healthy”, such as granola bars, cereal, yogurt, and smoothies. Sugar can cause liver issues, diabetes, obesity, and mood swings. Moreover, the more sugar one consumes, the more one wants it. It’s almost like an addiction.

Sugar and fast food are two of the biggest culprits when it comes time to examine who is to blame for America’s expanding waistline. It is easy to assign blame; the real hardship is in deciding what to do about the issue. How can we ensure that future generations will not make the same mistakes that past generations have? How can we create a society in which one in three will not be at risk for diabetes? It is difficult to answer these questions. However, for the sake of the future generations of America, we must try.