The Fast Food Nation

Order french fries or hot wings at McDonald’s, KFC, etc, in the United States and you’re most likely to get a super-sized helping of artery-clogging fats. The end result of this persistent sumptuous intake is obesity.

The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in the US have declared obesity as an epidemic. Research studies state that more than 3, 00,000 people die every year in U. S. due to problems related to obesity. The basic reason identified behind this alarming issue is that, Americans’ have more inclination to eat maximum and exercise to the minimum. Unhealthy food habits result in quick weight gain. It has been observed that the major part of the US population develop sporadic consumption of fast food which converts into a hard- core habit in the long run.

Obesity is defined as ‘the accumulation of excessive amount of body fat or adipose tissue in relation to lean body masses.’ Some of the identifiable symptoms of obesity include excess accumulation of fat, increased levels of glucose, as well as increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Obesity is assessed and measured using the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a number calculated using individual’s height and weight.

According to endocrinologists, obesity targets every organ in the body. This leads to fatal diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, blindness, renal failure and certain types of cancer, which are very prevalent among the US masses. In addition, Americans massively suffer from psychological problems like depression, mood swings, appearance consciousness, lack of self-confidence etc, due to this deadly disease.

The onus lies on the Americans to keep a check on their food habits. They should consume fast food with moderation. Although, a number of weight reducing programs and packages are available, but the fact remains that shedding weight is not as simple as it appears. The mantra for all Americans should be a disciplined lifestyle coupled with serious efforts and lot of hard work. Inconsistent ways of life and erratic food habits usually take the people to their original obese figures in a few years. Weight reduction programs should be considered as lifetime commitment by the dieters.

High death rate due to obesity is an alarming issue for a developed country like the USA. “Eat minimum, exercise to the maximum” should be the call of the hour by all Americans to cease this menace, or else it will devour all of them!

Sridatta Gupta

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