National Health And Nutrition Survey

2625 WordsMay 13, 201511 Pages
Government Involvement in Obesity It is evident today in society that obesity levels have increased throughout the years. According to the National Health and Nutrition Survey, more than two out of three adults are considered to be overweight or obese, and one-third of children from ages six to nineteen are considered to be overweight or obese (“Overweight and Obesity Statistics”). This is a dramatic increase since the 1960’s, almost doubled. There is not enough awareness in the United States on the issue. We are one of the most overweight countries of the world. The government must obtain a more positive and enlightened role in America’s obesity levels. Why has the obesity rated doubled in adults and tripled in children since the 1960’s? There is a very simple explanation. Americans are not aware of the severity of the problems with being overweight. The government and media do not emphasize the importance of being healthy and in shape. Obesity has been defined as a culture-bound phenomenon. In the United States, many have just accepted this epidemic to be normal. As the years fly by, we begin to not take notice on people’s body weights. This may because the media is starting to portray a new slogan of “everybody is beautiful- no matter the size and shape.” Although this is a very positive message, it allows the public to believe that being overweight is acceptable. In reality, being overweight affects your heath in numerous, horrible ways. Being overweight means you
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