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The obesity epidemic has been an ongoing social issue for our society and it’s getting worse every year. Our society doesn’t seem to be taking action about this severe epidemic and it hasn’t been taken seriously. In the historical context and as shown in the novel My Journey Out of Super Morbid Obesity, obesity has become a big problem in today’s society.
Obesity wasn’t always an epidemic. According to Benjamin Caballero, it all started around the 1930s.
When the food industries started making food cheaper, the lower classes could buy food products too. However, they started to make their products with more fat and sugar. This caused more weight gain around lower classes (“Caballero p4”), but the real epidemic started around the 1980s (Hall 3).
What made the obesity expand was once again the food industries and the consumption of calories increased. Around 1990 was when the consumption of calories started increasing. According to Kevin Hall, the food industries have something to do with this because they were the ones that started to add soybeans and corn into the food.
With corn and soy, they were able to make more processed foods like high fructose corn syrup (Hall 4). The reason they started to do this was that food was way too expensive at the time and by adding cheap ingredients, they could make it way cheaper (Hall 4)
In the book, My Journey Out of Super Morbid Obesity Cindy Snyder gives insight into what it was like to be obese, and how she was able to overcome her problem with the help of God.
With Cindy’s story, you can tell that obesity isn’t something you want to have. Cindy really struggled she couldn’t even walk without her oxygen tank. Obesity is quite horrible and if a person doesn’t do something about it could get to Cindy’s case or even worse.
Obesity affected Cindy health in many ways. For example, she had a lot of pain in her back when she sat for too long or pain in her feet when she walked for too long. Cindy wasn’t able to do normal tasks like a normal person. She wasn’t able to go to the store with her kids not even on a scooter because she couldn’t fit in them anymore. She couldn’t play at the park with her kids, and she wasn’t able to wear normal clothes. All because of obesity.
Obesity affects the body in many ways it can cause body pain and can get hard to breathe as it did with Cindy. Obesity can also be deadly because of the many other things it can affect in the body. According to CDC, some effects are high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, low quality of life, some cancer and many more other things (CDC).
Obesity is hard to overcome since the longer you’ve been obese, the harder it is to lose weight. Trying to lose weight may be like a roller coaster. A person may lose weight and gain weight, but what’s important is that they try again. Losing weight and being healthy is possible but it isn’t easy especially in today’s society. There are some healthy habits a person can start creating to lose weight. According to Adda Bjarnadottir, you should avoid processed foods. Try exercising a least 30 minutes a day. Drink water. Don’t eat too many refined carbs. Have a food diary and eat more fruits and veggies (Bjarnadottir). A person can also go to a nutritionist so they can get help with the amount of food they should consume, and what kinds of foods they should eat.
Obesity is quite a big problem today. According to World Population Review, the problem has spread worldwide. There are around 2.1 billion people affected by obesity in the world, which makes it 30% of the world’s population (World population review p2). There are about 329,093,110 people that suffer from obesity in the United States of America. This is the country that’s been more affected by obesity in the world, but the U.S.A isn’t the only country affected by this. More and more country’s get affected every year like Turkey, Iraq, New Zealand, Jordan, and Nauru which 61 % of its population is obese (World Population Review p6).
Unfortunately, it’s not just adults that get affected. Children have also been affected by obesity more than ever because of fast food advertising to children and once again processed foods. According to Krushnapriya et al., in their article “Childhood Obesity: Causes and Consequence”, kids tend to eat fast food more when both parents are working which is common. One other reason is that their portion sizes have increased. They drink too many sugary beverages and don’t have much activity (Krushnapriya et al. p1).
The reason that obesity today is still an ongoing problem is because of how people are living their lives. In today’s times, according to Yvette Brazier, we have more of a sedentary lifestyle, we eat more processed foods, and we drive more than we walk (Brazier). We also eat more calories than before, but there is a reason for this according to George Monbiot. The reason we have become obese is because food companies have invested money in promoting sugary products, which make us want to eat more. They also hire scientist to misinform the people of the causes of obesity (Monbiot 9).
Society has somewhat normalized obesity since you see it almost everywhere. Although the typical ideal body is still the classic model physique, there is also overweight models for plus size now. This isn’t a bad thing, but the fact that some people think being overweight is who you are is when this becomes a problem. According to Clare Wilson, Yoni Freedhoff said “fat acceptance groups become dangerous when they dismiss dieting” (qtd. in Wilson p24). Since obesity can cause many health problems. Still, some people think it’s pointless to try and lose weight since they’ve been trying their whole life. According to Freedhoff, losing at least 5 to 10 percent can really help a person’s health (qtd. in Wilson p27).
The Bible has many things to say about obesity. The Bible does, in fact, say that we should take care of our temple. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). However, according to Michael L. Brown, there are some people with medical conditions that can cause obesity like depression, thyroid disorder, and many other medical conditions (Brown p2). Obesity does become a sin when you don’t have self-control and when you choose food over your health. Since in the Bible it also says, “Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.” (Proverbs 23:20-21). According to Michael, God can help a person with this, but the person must have faith and ask for forgiveness (Brown p20).
In conclusion, the obesity epidemic is in fact, a big and ongoing problem in today’s world, and we should really take it more seriously. As we see from Cindy Snyder experience it wasn’t how a human wants to be living, and obesity can affect the body in many negative ways which could potentially lead to death. Also, God wants people to take care of their temple and they can always ask for his help to lead them to the right path as long as they have faith, and they ask for forgiveness. Overall the real factor for the obesity epidemic is the food industries.
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