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Obesity is a growing problem within American society. With each passing year, the percentage of Americans who become obese has drastically grown, turning into an epidemic. Through this problem, there has been a growing list of health problems associated with obesity; issues such as heart attacks, diabetes, and cancer are all on the rise as a result. Medical researchers are trying to find a link between prospective causes of obesity to assist in finding a way to stop the hermmorhaging before it spirals innately out of control. Since research began, there are two common links that are assisting in the rise of the obesity rate; eating habits and genetics.
The concept of a bad diet is fairly self explanatory, in that if someone consumes too much fatty foods that are processed, they are going to gain weight. However, the concept of genetics is something that many people are not familiar with as it pertains to obesity. The genetics involved in obesity deal with a lot of factors, among some of the most common being: bone structure, immune system and metabolism. All of these factors help contribute to determing a persons weight, on top of outside and environmental elements.
Research has found that as Americans continue to over eat and become obese, remaining in the state of woeful unhealthy daily life, they inadvertantly are changing their genetic makeup to reflect this. They then pass these newly created genetics to their children while simultaneously raising them in the same unhealthy way; promoting unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.