The saying “health is wealth” may be a simple yet very powerful statement. It remains true in the scenario that no matter how much possession or the monetary amount we have, all these wouldn’t matter if we’re not able to live a healthy lifestyle. Several factors will be sacrificed and we won’t enjoy them as much as we want to. However, despite this being a common knowledge, a lot of individuals still opt to choose the opposing option. Some would choose unhealthier options as they are deemed more convenient and requires lesser energy and effort. This, in turn, leads to consequences such as serious health risks and problems. One of which is the rising rate of obesity issues which comes off as no surprise to the United States. As of October 3, 2017, the U.S. population is approximately 325 million and one-third (36.5%) of this figure contributes to adults who have obesity. This has been a prevalent problem that country has been facing for decades now.
There were several factors attributed as causes of the growing rate of obesity in the United States. One of the reasons is the sedentary behavior of the individual living in the country. More than one in three adults and one in six children are obese. They lack activity engagements such as sports inside and outside of the school. In fact, the most popular pastimes of children are watching television, playing video games, and surfing the internet. The said activities contribute little to no physical engagement at all. They are used to having a lifestyle that requires sitting and lying down. Not only does this probe much concern on their weight increase, but also develops a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases. As some parents may believe that having their kids stay at home is a safer alternative, this action still evokes a much bigger issue. Another main cause the personal preference of choosing to eat fast food selections. In the year 2000, Americans spent $11 billion on fast food consumption. As some may see this as a more convenient and cheaper alternative, having the habit of eating unhealthy food will have its drawbacks in the long run. Fast food companies entice the younger age bracket to buy their meals with enticing toys and promotional items. Lastly, there has been a direct correlation between obesity and the mode of transportation in the country. Americans who live in the main cities rely heavily on the use of their cars rather than commuting or walking. Only 12% of the population vigorous means to get around.
In relation to the causes of obesity in the United States, more and more problems branch out from this. This crisis costs the country more than $150 billion in healthcare costs yearly. One in three adults who are obese incurs sickness such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. In California alone, Medicaid programs on obesity alone cost $1.3 billion annually. This has also given rise to a national security issue. One of the leading reasons for medical disqualification is being overweight. Most of the youth are not fit to serve military services. At a very young age, obesity hinders a child’s development to reach its full potential. This affects not only the educational performance but also increases the risk of one getting bullied.
Americans have voted obesity as the leading health concern that needs to be prioritized. A number of critics would suggest choosing a better lifestyle coupled with healthier food options and engaging in physical activities. Besides that, one of the public figures that citizens are eyeing for is the take of President Donald Trump regarding this matter. It was reported in Trump Today News that President Trump strongly believes that this is a hereditary thing. Moreover, he added that a lot of schools aren’t providing proper food options due to lack of monetary budget. He also shared how sports has become an integral part of his childhood days which has helped in alleviating obesity. Some netizens were expecting a better response with stronger conviction. Hopefully, this wouldn’t provoke more citizens of the country to be disappointed. This is because more and more individuals are eager to see the decline in the obesity rates during his administration.