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In the world where everything is
accessible, the world has failed to realize that the human race will lead us
all to the destruction of the earth. People have always had basic needs such as
food, and shelter. But as society grew wealthier, their appetites changed. They
became interested in acquiring things for reasons other than survival. This
results in the consumption where humans have made consuming a necessity in
their action of outstripping resources available to meet the needs of the
world’s demand. Consumerism is phenomenon that was always inherent in the
relatively developed societies, where people purchased goods and consumed
resources to the extreme of their needs.

 

Obesity

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In the current modern world where
increasingly cheap and high calorie food are being prepared in large amounts of
ingredients like salt and sugar with the addition of the increasing sedentary
lifestyles as well as increasing of urbanization, there is no doubt that
obesity has increased rapidly in the last few decades around the globe.

 

 

 I want to talk about the statistic of the
world obesity where according to the World Health Organization, “Worldwide
obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 where in 2016” and “more than 1.9 billion
adults, 18 years and older, were overweight and out of these numbers, over 650
million were obese” (1).
Obesity itself does not only affects the adults but children as well as
according to World Health Organization, “In 2016, an estimated 41 million
children under the age of 5 years were overweight or obese. Once considered a
high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low-
and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. In Africa, the
number of overweight children under 5 has increased by nearly 50 per cent since
2000. Nearly half of the children under 5 who were overweight or obese in 2016
lived in Asia.” (1).

 

Case
studies for it to be common to be obese

 

This issue impairs the lives of
the consumers in terms of health. The global health problem of obesity lies in
the constant need of one to eat luxuriously rather than eat only what they
need. Consumerism can also be blamed for other social ills where the heavy
advertising of delicious but unhealthy foods, such as sweets, and fast food has
caused a significant rise in diet related health problems. In the 1990s, for
the first time in human history, the world’s population of overweight people
was roughly the same as the number of underfed people about 1.1 billion.
Obesity can lead to other related diseases, such as cardiovascular disease
(mainly stroke and heart diseases) as well as musculoskeletal disorders
(especially osteoarthritis which is a highly disabling degenerative disease of
the joints in one’s body).

 

Case
Studies where people die from obesity

 

Even with all this being true,
obesity is largely preventable as on the individual level, one can decide to
start making the choice of a heathier life through the right choices of food to
limit to lesser consumption of sugar, salts and fats and to change their sedentary
lifestyle to become an active one through engaging actively in physical
activity. As for businesses who play a significant role in the food industry,
they can firstly restrict the marketing of foods high in sugar and salts and
perhaps promote healthier choices to the public. Secondly the businesses should
ensure that their industry provides the availability of nutritious and healthy
choices for the consumers to afford.

 

 

Misuse of Resources

 

Consumerism also impairs the
world we live in. By keeping up with our materialistic wants, we are slowly
killing the environment. As consumerism continues to accelerate climate change
in a warming world, we will see many impacts to the established agricultural
system that we have today since most of our food is developed under stable
climate conditions. The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds
of plastic per year, 50 percent of the plastic used just once before being
discarded. Over the last 10 years, more plastics has been produced than in the
entire last century and enough is discarded each year to circle the earth four
times. Another direct impact our actions affects the living creatures seriously
where 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed every year from
plastic in the oceans, and 93 percent of Americans age six or older test
positive for the plastic chemical, The United Nations also reports that 3.3
million premature deaths per year are from air pollution caused by the
production of consumerism.

 

Landfills are full of cheap
discarded products that fail early and cannot be repaired. Products are made
psychologically obsolete long before they actually become worn out. Over 220
Billion cans, bottles, plastic cartons and paper cups, are thrown away each
year in the “developed” world (“Ideas and shared solutions for sustainable
& low cost green living” ).

 

As reported by National
Geographic News, almost 1.7 billion people worldwide are now part of the
“consumer class” (National Geographic refers to them as “the group of people
characterized by diets of highly processed food, desire for bigger houses, more
and bigger cars, higher levels of debt, and lifestyles devoted to the
accumulation of non-essential goods”). And the disturbing fact is that this
number grows. What for years was considered a pain of the Western countries is
now spreading in the third world – half of global consumers live in developing
countries, including 240 million in China and 120 million in India – and they
are markets with the most potential for expansion (Mayell).

 

Christopher Flavin, president of
Worldwatch Institute said in a statement to the press, that “Rising consumption
has helped meet basic needs and create jobs but as we enter a new century, this
unprecedented consumer appetite is undermining the natural systems we all
depend on, and making it even harder for the world’s poor to meet their basic
needs”.

 

China is a great example of
changing realities. Only 25 years ago there were almost no private cars and
cities were crowded with bicycles. By 2000, 5 million cars moved people and
goods; the number was expected to reach 24 million by the end of 2005 year. In
the US, there are more cars on the roads than licensed drivers (“Ideas and
shared solutions for sustainable & low cost green living” ).