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Since the onset of modern mass media researchers have questioned the influence of media messages on the decision making process of people An aspect of the research on this subject is how we decide about our health based on these media messages Since 1980 the media has been linked with the public health crisis of rising American obesity rates And this has produced prolific correctional and behavioral research linking obesity to media use unclear reference to 1980- are you dating the media link or the prolific correctional research A media link with the public health crisis of rising American obesity rates since 1980 has produced prolific correctional and behavioral research linking obesity to media use But despite these research conclusions and the subsequent general public attention the obesity rates in America continue to rise with predictions that this trend will only continue In fact with these projections by 2020 more than 50 percent of the US population will be overweight or obese Cite The impact of obesity is present worldwide with a particular prevalence in the United States and other developed countries The National Center for Health Statistics observed in recent data that 30 percent of US adults over 20 years of age - over 60 million people - are obese compared with only 15 in 1980 CDC 2004 The highest rates for obesity are seen among African Americans and Latinos and the poor But every group is experiencing rising rates of obesity regardless of race gender or class One of the most disturbing aspects of high obesity rates is that children and teens are now included Adolescents today have an obesity level triple those of 1980 Dietz For obese adults and children there is a multitude of ill health consequences such as Hypertension type- two diabetes coronary heart disease stroke gallbladder disease sleep apnea respiratory problems and some cancers Conservatively the United States health care costs is estimated at around 117
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