In America one in every three adults are overweight. The issue is not being resolved, the amount of over weight Americans has in creased form 25 to 33 percent between the years of 1980 and 1991. Every year, 300,000 thousand people die from obesity or inactivity. Not only are American adults overweight, but American children are becoming overweight too.

Obesity is not only issue, but one of the leading causes of death in the US. Thirty four percent of children in America or overweight. However, many Americans are trying to lose weight, 20-24% of men in America are trying to lose weight. 33-40% of women in America are trying to lose weight at any given time.

One out of eight deaths in America are caused by an illness directly related to overweight and obesity. In developed countries obesity is a much bigger problem than in 3rd world countries. In 3rd world countries people are not exposed to the fast food or as much food as in America and in other developed countries. Genes contribute to someone’s
weight, a person with overweight parents are twice as likely to be overweight themselves.

Many Americans do not realize the easy ways to lose weight and lessen your chance of a heart attack. Fast food chas thehains are expanding and the number of heart attacks are too. Surprisingly in America there are more overweight women than there are men. However more American Women are trying to lose weight at any given time.

This graph shows the percentage of overweight people in different countries. As you can see the U.S. has the highest percentage.
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