Is Obesity a choice?

By MaryKate McCann
March 20, 2013

It’s a problem. Obesity rates increase each year in the United States.More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.

Obesity is a choice. It is your chosen lifestyle; you create your own eating habits and choose your environment.

My family, friends and classmates each have a different opinion as to whether or not obesity is a disease.

A disease is an abnormal condition that affects the body of an organism construed as a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and sings.

The only characteristic sign of obesity is excess fat, which is the definition of obesity itself. There are also no other indications for obesity.

Smoking is a preventable risk factor for lung cancer. Drinking is a preventable risk factor for alcoholism.

Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer are some of the leading cause of preventable death that are all obesity-related and that is why I believe obesity is not a disease.

I spend a great amount of time running around to my different jobs, classes, sport events and last minute obligations. Because I am keeping myself busy I am burning calories everywhere I go. This creates less time for sitting in front of a computer, watching television and browsing my cell phone. But not everyone is the same.

As technology advances, people get lazier therefore spending less time moving around and exercising.

This past spring break I went to San Lucas Guatemala where I experienced poverty first hand and witnessed the life in a third world country.

I only saw one overweight person.  

Granit they do not eat the junk food we do in America but these people do not have the technology we have in America either. They are hard at work doing their low wage jobs each and everyday.

I believe that reduced physical activity and fast food are the main causes to obesity.

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