Obesity is a national epidemic with wide consequences and cost to America’s health and

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Obesity is a national epidemic with wide consequences and cost to America’s health and productivity. In recent years, policymakers, medical health experts and parents have expressed alarming concerns about the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States, especially among Hispanic children. While most agree that this critical issue deserves attention, consensus dissolves around how to respond to the problem. This research paper examines one approach to treating childhood obesity: Taxing companies that manufacture foods with low nutritional value “junk food” companies. The paper reviews the effectiveness in children and adolescents of taxing food companies that provide foods with low nutritional value versus parent/child…show more content…
2. Is taxing the food industry effective at treating childhood obesity? 3. Is taxing the food industry the best solution to this issue? 4. How can the taxed dollars be accounted and used? Understanding the limitations of taxing the food industry in the treatment and prevention of obesity highlights the complexity of the childhood obesity problem in the United States and underscores the need for dietitians, physicians, advocacy groups, policy maker, and parents to search and create other practical solutions. What are the implications of Childhood Obesity? Obesity can be a devastating problem from both an individual and a societal perspective. Obesity puts children at risk for a number of medical complications, including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, asthma, and orthopedic problems (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2004, p.1). Researchers Hoppin and Taveras (2004) have noted that obesity is often associated with psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, and binge eating (Table 4). Obesity also poses serious problems for a society struggling to cope with rising health care cost. The cost of treating obesity currently totals $117 billion per year – a price, according to the surgeon general, “second only to the cost of [treating] tobacco use” (Carmona, 2004). And as the number of children who suffer from obesity grows, long-term cost will only increase. For Latino communities, the obesity epidemic has reached a crisis,

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