Today, one third of all adult Americans are obese. Children have become noticeably heavier as well. This serious problem continues to grow at a rapid pace. In order for individuals to take control over their weight and turn the scales around, it is imperative to understand why obesity has become such a common problem in today’s society.
1. Dining Out
Currently, the majority of U.S. families go out to eat for fast food at least once or twice a week at minimum. Why is this? Because it is easy. The problem with this is that these fast food establishments dole out meals that are exuberantly high in calories, fat, cholesterol, and more. To be exact, fast food meals are approximately four times larger than they were in the 1950s. This is thanks to quick and easy value meals that can easily be upgraded to larger sizes for mere pennies, and cokes that are dispensed in mammoth-sized cups. An individual can consume a thousand calories or more in a matter of minutes when they opt for take-out, without even realizing it.
2. Less Active Lifestyles
Over the last several decades, our society has morphed into one that spends a great deal of time sitting behind a desk or television. For a majority of Americans, regular exercise, even in minimal amounts, is not a part of their daily routine. Many people spend hours sitting at a desk at work, only to come home and spend the rest of their night on the couch. Exercise is the key to this problem, and the only way to counter-balance all the hours spent sitting behind a screen.
In previous decades, food was typically found in just a few places–at home, in the grocery store, or at a sit-down restaurant. Today, food is readily available everywhere you turn, including places like gas stations, waiting rooms, and even hospital gift shops. The problem with this is that food is too easily obtained, making it much easier to overeat or binge on unhealthy junk food. An effort must be made to end this mindless eating if any progress is to be made.
One Fitness Camp3 Reasons Obesity is a Growing Problem in the U.S.