The Obesity Epidemic in America

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It's the culture, it's not one thing, it's many things. In some neighbourhoods, poor neighbourhoods usually there's a lack of access to food or that food is cheaper to go to McDonald's and feed your family than it is to go and create a healthy meal. It's our time crunch, it's the fact that we spend too many times like this with remote or controller that they're playing with and not enough time getting physical exercise two thirds of American adults are fat, that means overweight or obese by VMI measurements and when you look at kids up until their teen years it's one third of our kids.

And we're looking at a generation of kids you're developing diabetes, hypertension all the diseases that were things that occurred when people gained weight in their forties and fifties are happening to 10, 12, 15-year-olds and it's very serious, we're threatened now with having a generation of kids who are sicker and may live shorter lives than their parents for the first time in our history.

It's a condition which makes us disease prone but it's unlike some diseases, we wear it. We look at somebody and we assume that their obesity is their fault. That they've done something wrong, it may be that they don't have the right environment they had it. Some of us are prone to obesity because of our genetic makeup, it may be genes part of it but we do tend to stereotype and stigmatize obese, very heavy people in our society as lazy, unable to or unwilling to help that sort of thing and it takes interventions at many levels.

It may take our thinking about tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, it may take some changes in advertising policy, it may take more education or different kind of education in schools. We have to teach our docs, we don't teach them about obesity as an illness we teach them how to treat the diabetes or the hypertension or the fatty liver that they get as a result of the obesity.