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Food Choices

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...

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