Obesity: Should the Government Tax Unhealthy Foods? Essay

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Is more government regulation needed to stop the epidemic of obesity? The first government recommendation was from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1917 when they released a pamphlet, How to Select Foods. This pamphlet divided foods into five groups. During 1956 President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Presidents Council on Youth Fitness due to “concern about the physical fitness of America’s children compared with their European counterparts” (ProQuest Staff). Since the introduction of the pamphlet How to Select Foods the government has adapted the guidelines five times. And has created several regulations including rules requiring manufactures to list transfats on the nutrition facts on packaging and creating the Presidents …show more content…
The answer to the increasing American’s waistline is not simple regulation. According to Jeffery Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health, exercise needs to be part of the normal routine and there is a need for more affordable healthy foods. Dr. Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale University’s Russ Center for Food Policy and Obesity, believes that “until the government takes on the food industry, we’ll continue to see the appalling numbers in this report” (Healy, Melissa). On the whole, creating regulations are useless if Americans do not understand what they mean or how to use the information. In 1990 President George H. Bush appointed Arnold Schwarzenegger as the chair of the President’s Council (ProQuest Staff). He traveled to all fifty states. Using an already famous face to promote physical education and fitness programs is a good way to get people to take notice. President W. Bush introduced the Healthier US initiative; a program geared toward the older generation in 2002. First Lady Michelle Obama is building on these concepts with her “Let’s Move” program and website. The hope
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