OBESITY IN AMERICA
Obesity is an epidemic of our own making and one of the most challenging public health concerns in America. From a small prevalence in the mid-twentieth century, obesity has aggravated to become a leading cause of mortality in the United States and the statistics are catching up in the rest of the world. With more than two thirds of the adults already declared overweight and more than half of them having attained a full-blown obesity status, American is indeed a fatty nation, and obesity is an epidemic the county has to deal with.
Paradoxically, American consumerism culture is being fast tied to the same factors that have contributed to this trend. Increased consumption of fast foods, decreased level of physical activity, sedentary lifestyle, and many others which define a 21st century American have seen obesity statistics peak with every new statistics released. The trends are worrying and the response just not adequate. About two decades ago, the rate of overweight among American adults was below the 50% prevalence rate and for children, it was less than a third of the current rate.