The Reason Behind it All: Obesity
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Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults
To fully understand and appreciate the reason for Morgan Spurlock’s decent into fast food chaos, it is important to know why the topic of obesity is so relevant in America.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 17% of all children ages 2-19 and 35.7% of all adults are obese. Children and adults listed as obese place their health in serious danger. Health risks included with the onset of obesity include an increase in risk for:
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (high cholesterol)
- Liver and gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
Changing the Scales
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According to the CDC, from 1998 to 2003 the prevalence of obesity increased from 13.05% to 15.21%, and the prevalence of extreme obesity increased from 1.75% to 2.22%. It was in 2003 that Morgan Spurlock first took note of the ever growing epidemic in America and set out to prove that the root cause of it was the fast food industry. Interestingly enough, after the film’s release on January 17th, 2004 (imdb.com), a new trend began. The CDC states that from 2003 through 2010 the prevalence of obesity decreased slightly from 15.21% to 14.94%. Similarly, the prevalence of extreme obesity decreased from 2.22% to 2.07%. It was following the aftermath of the release of Super Size Me that fast food corporations such as McDonald’s started adding healthier menu items, an interesting correlation to be sure.
Although the number of obese American’s had decrease slightly, obesity is still a very real and (pardon the pun) very large problem. Morgan Spurlock did his part, now it’s time to do ours.
by: Kailee Moore
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