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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

General PA

Advisor

Thomas Colletti

Abstract

Abstract

In 2018, a stark reality while walking the aisles of the local grocery store or strolling through the shopping mall is the unfortunate abundance of overweight and obese customers. The new normal in today’s society is a daily craving of super-sized fries, large sugar drinks, processed foods, and extra-large clothing to cover up the ramifications of those cravings. In a society where citizens are encouraged in the media and on social platforms to “only live once”, immediate gratifying decisions are made that do not foster a conscientiousness of health nor longevity. Furthermore, sedentary lifestyles are becoming more and more common as the latest phone application, computer program, or video game creates an almost instant addiction-especially with the younger generations. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2011- 2014, the prevalence of obesity was 36% in adults and almost 20% in youths and rising.1Obesity has truly become the new worldwide pandemic that will soon be the number one health risk leading to a multitude of morbidities. There are numerous approaches and interventions to curb the continuous perpetuation of obesity, but none more important than individual commitment to a healthy lifestyle with a lifelong goal of healthy living.

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