According to the article, physical activity in the American public has
declined. This type of sedentary lifestyle would still not be enough to
fight obesity, even in conjunction with a well-balanced diet. Consumers
often make decisions to eat chips, hamburgers, and other fattening foods,
regardless of wealth or social status. In addition, size portions have
increased over the years. America also seems to love to "super-size." Fast
food is cheap and that is why obesity can spill over into the poorer
segments of society. Sometimes it is even cheaper to buy burger's fries,
and shakes for the family than it is to prepare a meal at home--not to
mention it is quicker and easier to clean up. In many cases, it makes
better sense to eat the fast food.
In addition, Americans probably feel as if their lives are so busy that
they just don't have time to prepare a decent meal and opt for the fast
food approach instead. All of these ideas are compounded by commercial
advertisements that depict every American as running from meeting to
meeting, with cell phone in one hand and a candy bar in the other.
The article also states that not only have Americans slowed down, but
their diets have grown. This goes back to the "super-size" mentality as
well as the inability to say no. Another part of the problem is that
Americans sit at desks all day, go home and sit in front of their
televisions. Americans must learn to take responsibility for their actions
or inaction, as it turns out. Many people hate to exercise, and they hate
to sweat. In addition, many Americans don't take the initiative to learn
about the body and what it takes to keep it healthy.
According to the article, obesity has become a disease of the poor in
the developed world because they eat chips and hamburgers like everyone
else while wealthier people may choose "tofu and veggies, and hit the gym
afterwards." The article maintains that the op...