My Interview about Americans and Health
Under was my interview over the phone with a pediatrician who is currently working at Sterling Rock Falls Clinic in Sterling, IL.
There are many factors that contribute to the rise of obesity in the US. Obesity is an outbreak in the US. Studying the causes of obesity is very important. Actually, causes of obesity are very simple. The problem is that people do not realize that they are overweight. It is difficult to prevent when they become obese.
Obesity is high in the US. We can see the obese anywhere, in the grocery store, restaurants, malls, etc. Most of them are heavy-looking, overweight, but they do not realize that they are chunky.
The US is trying to reduce obesity rate. For example, children are monitored when they are young. Pediatricians establish a record of growth chart for a large number of children, such as growth, height. They can identify the growth pattern. If children are overweight, pediatrician will consult or advise their parents’ tips to help their children such as watching out calorie in daily meals, physical exercise.
Soda must be out of school and be replaced by juice or water because it is not needed and unhealthy.
The obese are not being discriminated. Perhaps the problems are that they have a difference appearance than normal people and this makes them feel different. Just like cases of race and skin color or ethnicity. In the case of the obese, it is the heavy looking appearance.
Obesity also involves with family lifestyle because when children are obese, their father and mother are also overweight.
In addition, fast food industry is growing, fast food is easy to get and cheap to buy. However, fast food is not good for health because of high calorie. Big beverage and food processed companies like Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s advertise their products on TV, aimed to the young people.
Also, life of less physical exercise, driving in short distance, watching more TV, playing video games, and eating a lot leads to the increase of obesity.
Obesity causes a lot of health problems such as heart problems, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. Obesity can restrict people from doing such a certain thing. The obese are the one who visit health care clinics more. Even in the worse cases, they can not work. This leads to economic burden to the society. Other people have to pay higher insurance because of the high rate of obesity. Since the obese do not take adequate care for themselves.
Least but not last, Old thinking is also a factor to the increase of obesity. American thinks that bigger is better, so this also contributes to the rise of obesity.
In my view, there are a lot of factors that cause obesity and it is really interesting that most of the obese do not realize that they are overweight. I also did not know that Americans think that bigger is better, but they fail to realize that this is not always true, especially at current because obesity does cause a lot of problems and costs a lot of money for treatment.