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There are nearly eight percent of children between the ages of four and five living in the United States who are overweight Blass America has a wide variety of eating habits that range from overweight to underweight people of all ages but somehow obesity and eating disorders relate to each other Obesity is becoming a major concern for people across the nation and factors into eating disorders among young people however eating disorders are more seen in females A problem with eating disorders rises when two-thirds of high school girls are dieting one in five take diet pills and many girls as well as boys are using laxatives diuretics fasting and vomiting in desperate attempts to slice their bodies as slim as they can and when more than half our teenage girls are sadly undernourished Berg 12-13 The connection between eating disorders and obesity is extremely interesting because when a person does not eat he or she is actually more likely to gain weight however it is not enough to make him or her become obese Media today offers a wide variety of ideas of what society should be as a result of the media obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia and binge-eating have become popular in recent years Michael Pollan author of the Omnivores Dilemma talks about how humans are omnivorous Pollen goes to describe American eating habits and how strange it is in America The problem with is eating is that Americans simply rely on the culture to determine the good things and bad things to eat 295 Other countries around the world such as France or Asia are more concerned of what he or she eats or the way it is cooked For example it may seem as if the French are eating just as bad as Americans however they eat in small portions they also do not snack and almost never eat alone Since Americans do
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