Obesity has become one of the most notorious health issues affecting the public health
sector in the United States. Studies show that it is one obesity threat is currently rising; thus,
increasing the number of obesity victims in the US. The US federal data indicates that nearly 40
percent of the Americans were suffering from obesity between the years 2015 and 2016.
Notably, this was considered as an increase in the number compared to the previous data that
showed that only 34 percent were suffering from obesity in 2007 to 2008 (Doak et al., 2012).
Currently, obesity has been reported to be severe that the opioid epidemic; thus, causing a
significant threat to public health. Also, the public health sector reported that obesity is mainly
prevalence amongst adults in the United States. Remarkably, obesity is currently linked to some
of the chronic diseases, such as cancer, as it has claimed the lives of many people. Recently,
more than 18 percent aged 40 to 85 years have lost their loves lives as a result of obesity
(Meldrum, Morris & Gambone, 2017). Therefore, it is essential to explore the trend of obesity in
the US to understand its impact on the public health sector and government as a whole.
It is essential to consider the obesity map to understand obesity Trends in the United
States. Notably, from the map, it is clear that states such as Alabama, Lowa, Arkansas,
Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Dakota are the areas in America
where obesity is prevalence. These states constitute approximately 43 percent of the adult obesity
rate in the United States. Studies reveal that prevalence ranges from 23 percent to 39.5 percent
from Colorado to Mississippi and West Virginia. Incredibly, studies indicate that adult GED 45
years are more likely to be affecting by obesity. Also, youths aged 18 to 24 were found to be
more likely to be affected by obesity (Doak et al., 2012). The data in this current map reveal an
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increase in obesity in the US; more than nine states with 43 percent obesity prevalence. More
interestingly, studies reveal that more than a third of the adults living in the nine states are
dangerously overweight. Incredibly, the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention revealed
that these groups stand at a high chance of losing their lives due to overweight.
Despite a slight increase in the obesity rate, some states still stand at the highest
standards, with vast numbers of obesity victims. The Center for Diseases Control and Prevention
revealed that Mississippi is one of the states where obesity is currently prevalence. The rate of
obesity in the two states is approximately 39.5 percent at present (Cheng et al., 2010). Notably,
the report given by the Central of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the rate of obesity
increases as the education decreases. The study found out that the rate of obesity in adults
without high education degree was approximately 35 percent.
On the contrary, the obesity rate in adults with a high education degree was found to be
33.1 percent. Adults with some college degrees were 33 percent more likely to be affected by
obesity (Meldrum, Morris, & Gambone, 2017). However, the rate of obesity was found to be the
lowest amongst college graduates, where the rate of obesity was only 24.7 percent (Cheng et al.,
2010). Also, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that the prevalence of
obesity is dependent if race. The map shows that black adults are the most vulnerable to obesity
in the United States. The map reveals that the rate of obesity amongst black Americans is
approximately 39.1 percent compared to the Hispanic and white Americans whose rates stand at
33.3 29.3 percent, respectively (Cheng et al., 2010).
As mentioned earlier, obesity has recently become one of the chronic diseases in the
United States. Health officials in the United suggest that this condition should be addressed as
this will not only improve health conditions but also lower medical costs for the US government.
Study conducted by Cornel University in New York found out that the US uses approximately
$190.2 billion annually for health care costs. More interestingly, it was found that obesity
treatment takes nearly 21 percent of the whole amount (Doak et al., 2012). It is then essential for
the US government to initiate intervention measures that can lower the cost of Heath care
associated with obesity. Medical experts suggest that the number if obesity is more likely to
increase if preventive measures are not initiated early enough. Incredibly, the US government
has started several awareness programs for both adults and children to lower obesity cases in the
US. Such programs entail encouraging people to practice earring healthier food and also
engaging in physical exercise that can lead to weight loss. Owing to this is the fact that obesity is
closely associated with poor eating habits, which entails taking a lot of sugary things (Althoff et
al., 2017). It is then essential to implement a policy that regulates the manufacture of sugary food
products as this can lower the overall consumption of such products.
Despite the government effort to lower the rate of obesity in the US, the number of
obesity seems to be increasing. Owing to this is the fact that most of the people do not stick to
the government initiated programs to reduce obesity. Studies reveal that inky 3 percent of
Americans practice good eating habits as recommended by the government (Althoff et al., 2017).
Notably, this implies that a large number of Americans are exposed to the risks of obesity. The
US government still finds it hard to implement several interventions towards fighting obesity,
and as a result, it is even spending a lot of revenue on the fight against obesity.
In conclusion, obesity has recently become one of the health crises to the American
government, making it sound vast amounts of money in healthcare. The obesity maps reveal that
this health condition has increasing become a major concerned in most states in the US. At
present more than nine states have more than 43 percent of their adult population affected by
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obesity. Some of the states where obesity has become prevalence include; Colorado, Mississippi,
West Virginia, and Dakota, amongst others. Studies found out that the prevalence of obesity in
America depends on certain factors, such as level of education and race. Such studies found out
that the obesity rate was lower amongst the individuals who have attained higher education
levels compared to the latter. Also, the obesity rate was found to be higher amongst black
Americans than in Hispanic and white Americans in that order. Notably, the fight against obesity
has become a threat to the public sector and the US government. The disease has claimed lives
many Americans in the recent past. Moreover, nearly 21 percent of the health care costs in the
US go to the treatment of obesity. Despite this effort, the number of obesity victims seems to be
increasing in the US. As mentioned earlier, this is mainly brought by poor nutritional practices
amongst many Americans. Studies found out that only a gird of the entire US population would
follow the government recommendations on good nutrition practices. Therefore, this has made a
fight against obesity difficult and costly to date.
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