Essay on American Obesity

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How can a nation so concerned with how one looks also be a nation with such staggering statistics on the growing population of obese individuals? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “about one-third of U.S. adults are obese.” Also reported in the CDC website from the National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), “… overweight and obesity conditions affect an estimated 97 million Americans, and are the second leading cause for preventable death in the United States.” Obesity is defined by the Health and Wellness Resource Center as the “excessive body weight that develops over time as people consume more calories than they expend in energy.” (Carson-De Witt, et al., 3) The body mass index, BMI, is a measure used …show more content…
This is no time to play the blame game on who’s responsibility, or right it is. The fact of the matter is we are all involved and we all need to do our part. Although much can be done by educating parents and individuals on the cause and effect of obesity, there are many issues that need a bigger brother to step in for bigger changes to be made. This is where the U.S. Government is able to do their part. Due to the alarming rise in obesity rates, along with the issues concerned individuals face in trying to make necessary changes on their own, the U.S. Government should be involved in the fight against childhood obesity.
A dramatic increase in childhood obesity from previous decades gives ample reason of a need for U.S. Government involvement. Results from surveys done in 1976-1980 and 2003-2006 by National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHHES), show obesity rate has increased from 5 to 12.4 percent for children between ages 2-5, from 6.5 to 17 percent age group 6-11 year olds, and from 5 to 17.6 percent for 12-19 year olds. (qtd. in Gale, 2010) These numbers show more specifically how the younger generation is affected by this crisis. According to the CDC, since 1980, childhood obesity rates have virtually tripled in size, causing for this negative turn in history. Former Senator Bill First writes in an editorial for The Hill, “For the first time in our nation’s history, our children and grandchildren are on track to live shorter