It is no secret that Americans have one of the most unhealthy diets in the entire world. There are certain regions of the U.S. that are considered more obese than others, for example, Alabama, West Virginia, Tennesse, plus several more states. Poor diets high in fat, sugar, and carbohydrates mostly consisting of inexpensive processed foods are a major contribution to nationwide obesity. That is paired with limited physical activity and the end result is long-term health problems.
According to recent research women generally consume a healthier diet than men. Although females may consumer healthier foods, the CDC still says that only 9 percent of Americans consume the suggested daily requirement for vegetables and only 12 percent consume the suggested amount of fruit daily. The short explanation is that thanks to fatty fast food establishments peddling cheap food and grocery stores filled with processed goods Americans are surrounded by negative food options.
Is there a solution to the American obesity epidemic? The answer is yes, but it is unlikely to happen anytime soon. In the end, it comes down to money. Food and beverage manufacturers will continue to make their unhealthy, chemical-filled, artificial products until either they are forced not to or people completely stop buying their goods. The same goes for restaurant chains. Unfortunately, most people enjoy their diet and lifestyle and are in no hurry to change. Then it comes down to the individual consumer to decide to skip tempting foods and go for unprocessed foods. Everything made in a factory can be made at home with wholesome ingredients, people just have to take the time to do the work.
Americans are overweight and unhealthy beneath their skin thanks to bad diets and lack of exercise. Women generally choose healthier options, most likely in an effort to watch their figures, than men do but all Americans need to revamp their lifestyle. Change happens one person at a time, one salad instead of a cheeseburger.