The High Rate of Obesity Effects in America

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Obesity has become one of the largest epidemics in America over the last decade and it continues to grow worse. More than one third of the population in America is obese, which is very alarming. The belief that depression is one of the leading causes of obesity is widely shared. In recent years, we have seen the rate of obesity climb to new heights and the increasing number of health initiatives to help lower the growth rate.

Mental
There's no doubt that depression and obesity are linked. One can be a byproduct of the other. One of the root causes of obesity can begin through different forms of depression. Constant consumption of unhealthy foods or overeating in general is known to be used as a coping mechanism for depression, which can later lead to obesity. The death of a loved one or the loss of a job, spouse, or income can lead to a depressive state and unhealthy eating habits start developing. In many cases, the habit is difficult to break.

Physical
Sadly, there are many Americans who've gone down this path and are in very dire conditions, health-wise. Many individuals have experienced issues with weight that are so severe to the point where they're unable to perform basic functions such as walking, running, bathing, or even breathing on their own. There are even individuals who are confined to wheelchairs and cannot sleep without the aid of a breathing machine. In some cases they begin believing that their condition is a burden to their loved ones.

Society
Obesity in America directly contributes to the rise of many preventable diseases such as various forms of cancer, heart attack, high blood pressure and diabetes, which can all ultimately lead to death. It's becoming easier to fall into obesity, starting from childhood. Unhealthy foods are much more accessible and affordable than healthier foods. The disparity between fast food chains and health…...

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