Obesity a serious problem on campus

Jose Martinez

How come is it that campus students don’t care? Nowadays, it is so common to see overweight people.

The truth is that most Americans don’t think they have much of a weight problem.

In the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States.

College students, especially young students, should be fit and healthy.

Being overweight isn’t just about the good looks, but most important of all, is about the good health.

Sure, being fit looks good but being healthy just tops it.

For some reason, all overweight people have an excuse, whether they:

  • have a crazy metabolism,
  • have such a busy schedule and don’t seem to have the time to take the liberty of taking care of themselves and finally my favorite one of all,
  • “are how they are, and love being that way.”

It is understandable if they are really comfortable with their bodies and are truly healthy.

Dr. William Dietz, the director of the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, said obesity is a major risk factor for several chronic aliments such as diabetes and heart disease.

Dietz said, “For example, we now see young adults who suffer from heart-disease risk factors and other conditions such as Type 2 diabetes that were unheard-of in the past.”

A harsh fact is that only a small percent realize that obesity is a problem. And even when they realize it’s a big problem, only an even smaller percent take action.

About 75 percent of Americans know that the most effective way to combat obesity is through education about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise, but so far apparently the educational efforts are falling short.

I think that the education is good but we also need to encourage make an example and encourage others to do the same.

We need to stop teasing and making fun of others and try to help to destroy this epidemic because it is getting worse by the day.