America is one of the most unhealthy countries in the world. About 65% of Americans are overweight or obese. Furthermore, one of the leading causes of death is heart disease. American’s poor dietary habits and lack of exercise is contributing to these alarming statistics. The nation is eating out more and as a result are eating larger portions and consuming foods high in calories, sodium, sugar, and fat. Another factor is the availability and cost of healthy foods at restaurants and grocery stores. Instead of city streets being surrounded by healthy food stores and grocery stores, they are occupied with fast food restaurants. This makes it very difficult for people of a low socioeconomic status to purchase healthy foods. Also, with rapidly growing technology, more children and adults are spending too much time sitting behind computers, video games, tablets, and cell phones instead of being physically active.
There are many other factors that contribute to obesity but the above examples are the primary issues that can be changed and controlled. Cooking at home, reducing portion sizes, and eliminating unneccessary calories, fat, sugar, and sodium are just a start to achieving a healthy lifestyle. Furthermore, spending less time using technology and being more physically active will also get you on the right track to a healthy lifestyle. It’s the small changes that will slowly begin to improve one’s health.
Below are some educational/informational videos on the obesity epidemic. Feel free to express your thoughts on this topic! Enjoy!