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The Obese Epidemic in America

When people think of overweight countries, they usually will think about the United States of America or Mexico. However, you think with Mexico recently taking the title of most obese country in the world, the states might have tried to fix a problem that had been pointed out. Well, to put it lightly, that is not the case.

It turns out that America’s population now has more people who are obese than those who are simply overweight. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, using data from 2007 to 2012, confirmed that out of those over twenty five years of age had nearly sixty eight million obese Americans, narrowly outnumbering the amount of overweight Americans, recorded at sixty five million.

What is interesting about this survey is that there are different ratios of overweight or obese people across different races. For example, in the US, African Americans had a ratio of fifty seven percent female overweight people, compared to the thirty nine percent for men. For those labeled as Mexican Americans, the ratio was thirty eight percent of men and forty three percent for women. For white Americans, the difference is not nearly as big, but is smaller than the other ones I have listed. Thirty five percent of men were obese and thirty four percent of women.

It is hard for me to believe that men and women from any country would allow themselves to reach the point of obesity after all the research and evidence showing how bad it is for you and how much it can decrease your life expectancy. I understand if someone has an addiction to food, but this is the kind of illness or disease that will kill you extremely quickly, similar to smoking. Heck, at least with smoking if you are not overweight, you are still able to be somewhat agile and move around on your own, maybe not for very long due to the lung damage, but you know what I mean. With Obesity on the other hand, depending on if you are just crossing the borderline of it or are deep within the circumstances, you may find yourself needing the help of someone else to do something as simply as walking. I encourage those who are in this predicament to find some kind of help before it is too late.

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Kerry Dennison
Kerry is a person who enjoys writing & storytelling. When he's not writing, you can either find him playing Mario Kart wii with his friends or spending time in the gym, as gaming and powerlifting are other hobbies of his. Contact Kerry: kerry.dennison@youthindependent.com