Not to Late Essay

Not to Late

America is faced with an epidemic that seems to have not changed in years. Nearly
two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. Three out of every four children
are either overweight or obese. Obesity is a term used to describe body weight that is
much greater than what is considered healthy. The extra weight puts added stress on all
parts of the body. Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar medical burden every
year. Consequently, obesity is wide spread among American teenagers; the causes are
complex and include behavioral, biological, and cultural reasons.

The behavioral habit of American teenagers is the convenience of high-calorie, high-fat
snacks and sugary drinks; still, without exercise to balance out the high calorie
carbohydrate intake they gain weight. Teenagers take pleasure in fast food restaurants,
moreover, for an expeditious meal. They will sit in the car at a drive through window at
Burger King and order a combo meal, super sized, with a soda. The act of eating pizza for
dinner is also a ritual with teenagers in the United States. These choices made by
American teenagers even for a snack can be high in fat. The frequent habit of teenagers is
to grab a bag of chips instead of an apple because chips taste better. Thus late night
snacking of high in fat foods puts on excess weight when they go to bed shortly after
eating them.

Equally important, medications for health problems or genetic history in the family can be
responsible for obesity with United State teenagers. In addition, family history of
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