Nutrition problem has become an epidemic in the United States. Nutritional conditions such as obesity and being overweight continues to hike every year. In fact, statistics showed that the US has one of the highest obesity rates in the world. Over 58 million individuals are overweight while 40 million Americans are considered obese. These figures comprise about 64 percent of United State’s total population. As a result more and more Americans are suffering from weight related illnesses such as heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and fatty liver disease among many others.
If this trend continues, 75 percent of the adult population in the US will likely be overweight while 41 percent will be obese by 2015. These consequently means higher morbidity rate (Anne Collins, 2010, p. 1). According to experts, one of the main causes of this ballooning nutritional problem in this country is lifestyle. The Western part of the world has experienced a large shift from physical work to a physically inactive tasks or activities. A huge part of this is contributed by the technological advances of this generation.
For instance, the increasing use of mechanized transportation saved people from walking or jogging. Even climbing the stairs has become outdated with high-speed elevators and escalators. Labor saving devices such as the vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, and washing machines are also a staple in every home in the US (Bray and Bouchard, 2008, p. 55). In the workplace, adults are glued onto their chairs and in front of the computers. Manual labors are especially passe in urbanized cities, which further contributes to the lack of inactivity in this country.
At home, many people choose to spend most of their time in front of the computer screens instead of engaging in physical workouts or activity. Children are likewise, introduced to this kind of lifestyle at a young age. Instead of allowing children to play outside, parents give them technologies such as game consoles and other computer devices. Apart from the lack of exercise, the modern fast food culture also contributed to the country’s increasing obesity dilemma. Statistics show that Americans have become dependent on high-calories fast food meals.
The high-paced and hectic schedules of people prevented them from preparing healthy home cooked meal. Instead, they drop off to the nearest fast food restaurant to order an upsized meal of burger, fries, and soda. Some on the other hand, would head of the nearest coffee shop to order to calorie-packed frappucino. Similarly, more and more consumers prefer buying sweetened beverages, carbonated drinks, and high in sugar snacks. The poor dietary choices of Americans as well as their sedentary lifestyle are all great contributors to the country’s health problem. One way of loving this is to have shift in nutritional consciousness and lifestyle.
This begins by learning how to make healthy choices. Instead of selecting a convenient greasy burger, why not choose a low calories and healthy serving of salad and fruits (Bray and Bouchard, 2008, p. 131). Additionally, exercise should be a part of ones daily activity. Engaging in physical activity would ensure a healthier body as well as permanent weight loss solution. Exercising allows the body to burn those unwanted fat and calories. It similarly enhances physical fitness by improving the cardio vascular system, brain function, and even the immune system.
Throughout the years, studies have proven that exercise gives beneficial effects to the body. It can even counter the effects of depression, stress and anxiety. According to researches, exercise releases an important hormone in the body referred to as Endorphins. This acts as a natural pain reliever and at the same time it stimulates the brain to have a euphoric feeling. Shifting to exercise and healthy dietary choices can greatly put an end to this ever-increasing weight and nutrition epidemic. At a micro level, it helps the person to be more productive while allowing him to feel better about himself.
At a larger scale, healthy individuals translate to a healthy nation. This means that its people are now more capable to take on the challenges of their time with energy and enthusiasm. References Collins, A. (2010). Obesity Statistics. Retrieved May 2, 2010, from http://www. annecollins. com/obesity/statistics-obesity. htm Bray, G and Bouchard, C. (2008). Handbook of Obesity. New York: Informa Healthcare Inc. Emedicine Health (2010). Obesity. Retrieved May 2, 2010, from http://www. emedicinehealth. com/obesity/article_em. htm