Obesity And The United States

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In the United States, more than one third of adults are obese. One in five American deaths are now associated with obesity. The prevalence of obesity has increased at an alarming rate in the USA: in 1960 only 13% of Americans were obese. Obesity has become an epidemic and the number of preventable deaths from obesity-related diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease continues to rise. Despite the well-documented association between obesity and significant morbidity and mortality the American administration has not taken many steps to combat this problem. There have been attempts by government to try and stem this epidemic, but the food industry is so wealthy and influential that policies against obesity are very…show more content…
Another example of this is the fact that the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) entered into a partnership with Coca-Cola in 2009. After the official announcement of this agreement, 20 physicians resigned, and one stated “How can any organization, that claims to promote public health, join forces with a company that promotes products that put our children at risk. Not only do these major food companies, such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Kellogg’s, ect, have control over some of the research in this area, they also have major influence on government. This is a problem very similar to that of the tobacco industry in the 1900s: many studies showed a clear association between tobacco use and cancer, however these were denied for many years because of the power of the tobacco industry and and their influence on government. There are many parallels today with the large organizations that produce and sell processed food and drinks. An illustration of this is Michelle Obama’s “Let’s move” Campaign that was launched in February of 2010. During the first few months of this campaign, Michelle Obama was fighting hard against these large food industries. She stated “And we need you not just to tweak around the edges, but to entirely rethink the products that you 're offering, the

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