Adult obesity is a growing problem. From 1962 to 2006, obesity prevalence nearly tripled to 35.1 percent of adults. The rising prevalence of obesity is not limited to a particular socioeconomic group and is not unique to the United States. Should this widespread obesity epidemic be a cause for alarm? From a personal health perspective, the answer is an emphatic "yes." But when it comes to justifications of public policy for reducing obesity, the analysis becomes more complex. A common starting point is the assertion that those who are obese impose higher health costs on the rest of the population—a statement which is then taken to justify public policy interventions. But the question of who pays for obesity is an empirical one, and it involves …show more content…
Once I turned 13, I spent an entire summer with my only goal being to improve my physical health, as a history of heart disease runs in my family. With heart disease comes obesity, so I’ll just say it: my family is historically fat. Obesity is a growing issue in the United States. Roughly one third of our country is obese, and that fraction is growing. There is an obvious social cost that comes along with being overweight, but I never had thought about the economic side until finding this article. Sure, the idea is that if you eat unhealthily and don’t exercise regularly you will get fat is a valid one, but could the U.S. actually incentives people to gain weight? Is there an obesity wage gap? This article gave me very good insight on the economic cost of being …show more content…
Basing their research on white males and females, the two look into the idea that cheap health care incentivizes people to become obese. The authors cite an experiment in which a groups of people were given free health care, cheap health care, and expensive health care for five years. The increase in obesity in these different groups was not statistically different enough to conclude the price of health care affected their decision on gaining weight. The two then look into other forms of free or cheap health care, looking for trends suggesting that there is a correlation between healthcare and obesity, but to no avail. They concluded that having Medicare, an extremely inexpensive health care for retired people, won’t lead to obesity because any people who suddenly became fat after 65 would likely die. Medicaid, another form of cheaper health care given lower income families, does not have enough benefits to incentivize obesity. At this point they conclude that Americans aren’t fat because of health care, and that obesity basically is a combination of genes and a lack of
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In his article Are You Responsible For Your Own Weight?, policy analyst Radley Balko argues that the Government has no business interfering with what individuals eat. Kelly Brownell, a Yale Chairman, and Marion Nestle a New York University professor state otherwise by arguing that the Government should intervene to create conditions that lead to healthy eating. Balko has a strong argument led with in depth examples, logical support, and credentials to support his tone along with minor fallacies. Kelly Brownell and Marion Nestle fail to go more in depth about her argument, but rely heavily on trying to counter the claims given by the opposing side. The lack of rhetorical devices in her article and inadequate organization weakens her tone as well as the appeal to their audience.
In the article “The Fat Tax,” Jonathan Rauch ironically discusses the new public policy concern with obesity. Although the article is a satire, it’s economic analysis is actually valid. In order to get his point across, Rauch uses sarcasm, appeals to logos, and degrades the issue of obesity to help Americans better understand the “big picture.” Moreover, if the diet of American consumers does not change then maybe advertising more exercise to lose weight will cut down the obesity rate; but to be just as effective, enacting the fat tax will improve health as well.
While Zinczenko considers that, the government should be more involve helping reduce obesity Balko thinks we should not let the “government get between your waistlines” (396). Zinczenko reasons for the involvement of the government is the increase of health care cost due to diabetes, that causes other health problems (392). Whereas Balko believes that by stopping health insurers from charging the overweigh and obese clients a higher premium the government is removing the financial incentives for those that maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Think Like a Freak “Like Giving Candy to a Baby” Jayla Helton ECON 202 Summary In this chapter, the main issue presented is what are incentives, and the good and bad to them. Bribing a child with candy, will work at the time, but may fail in the long run.
In both David Zinczenko’s “Don’t Blame The Eater” and “ Radley Balko’s “What You Eat is Your Business”, the argument of obesity in America is present and clear from opposing viewpoints. Both articles were written in the early 2000’s, when the popular political topic of the time was obesity and how it would be dealt by our nation in the future. While Zinczenko argues that unhealthy junk food is an unavoidable cultural factor, Balko presents the thought that the government should have no say in it’s citizens diet or eating habits. Zinczenko’s article was written with the rhetorical stratedgy of pathos in mind.
As stated in National Medical Spending Attributable to Overweight and Obesity: How Much, and Who’s Paying?, spending is greatest for Medicare recipients, presumably because the elderly obese are more likely to undergo costly obesity- related services than the nonelderly obese are. Following Medicare, Medicaid has the next highest per capita spending estimate attributable to obesity. Medicaid recipients may be more likely than the privately insured are to engage in behavior that complicates obesity treatment, including smoking cigarettes and over- consuming alcohol. Medicare and Medicaid also have generous insurance cover- age, encouraging people to seek more treatment for all services, including those associated with obesity (Finkelstein, Fiebelkorn, Wang,
In “What You Eat Is Your Business,” Radley Balko tackles the issue of who is responsible for fighting obesity. Balko argues that the controversy of obesity should make the individual consumers culpable for their own health and not the government (467). As health insurers refrain from increasing premiums for obese and overweight patients, there is a decrease in motivation to keep a healthy lifestyle (Balko 467). As a result, Balko claims these manipulations make the public accountable for everyone else 's health rather than their own (467). Balko continues to discuss the ways to fix the issue such as insurance companies penalizing consumers who make unhealthy food choices and rewarding good ones (468).
Obesity in the United States Obesity has lately been quoted as a major health issue in recent decades. Industrialized countries like America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the UK have increased obesity-rates, but the United States are among the highest in the world. Even though health issues in these countries – and especially America – have been a major issue, the rates are still continuing to grow. Statistics shows that one third of the American population is overweight and has led to 120.000 preventable deaths each year. Not only is this issue costing the American society an estimated 117 billion dollars, it is also slowly killing the poor civilized.
The issue is childhood obesity, and it is only accelerating as a percentage of children in both America and all western nations of the world. Childhood Obesity is an issue relevant to all who consider themselves part of American society and it has profound adverse effects economically, physically for those afflicted with the issue, and mentally for those who live an obese childhood or within the family unit of a household with at least one obese child. The scope of the issue is massive and the impact of the consequences dire in many accounts. There is hope to reverse course and change the way of American-western living, and it starts with understanding the size and
Who or what is to blame for the increase of obesity? Thinking Sociologically about Sources of Obesity in the United States by Robert L. Peralta examines obesity as a "disease" (Peralta 200). Peralta provides multiple possibilities to why United States citizens are becoming heavier. He argues that the government aid programs, availability, and cost of nutritious foods makes it difficult to eat healthy (200). Next, the article infers that obesity could be largely a social issue.
Obesity has gained a lot of attention in the recent years especially in the 21st century. Right now in America, there is an ongoing epidemic. The cause is not by viruses or bacteria, but by human nature. There is no one way to solve this serious problem. With growing body sizes and serious medical problems associated with obesity, it is a problem that needs to be addressed and changed.
Saletan gives more than enough information on how, when, and what is happening worldwide about obesity. Although he does not give a solution, he still made an eye opening experience while reading this essay. Obesity is now happening worldwide. Yes I said it, worldwide according to Saletan. “Egyptian, Mexican, and South African women are as fat as American”, he claims in the second paragraph.
Many of the most critical public health problems of our times, especially obesity, can be addressed only by implementing paternalistic, including hard paternalistic, policies. Friedman sought to provide policymakers with a guide for the effective use of paternalistic public health interventions. Friedman presented a spectrum of what he describes as five increasingly levels of intervention, ranging from those that are a paternalistic, to devising strategies, insulating strategies, and the most “hard” form of paternalism, bans or mandates. In great detail, Friedman explores different types of strategies that can be used to combat obesity within each of the levels on his spectrum. He also provides keen insights from the reaction to, and success or failure of, different regulatory tools in the areas of fluoridation, marijuana, and the regulation of genetically modified foods or genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Obesity is a major problem in the United States, and with all the special privileges given to its people, America has become very lazy. With portion sizes rising and physical activity decreasing, it is easy to see how the rates on obesity has risen over the years in America. Obesity is a major problem that needs to be resolved because it affects all people of every gender, age, and race are at risk of being obese. Obesity rates in America have nearly doubled rather tripled within the last twenty years due to the many privileges that the American people have before us. Something must be done to overcome decrease the
Fast food and unhealthy living are all problems with today’s society. We need to hunker down on obesity or it will drastically decrease our quality of life, increase our insurance costs, and our nation’s overall health. “How Obesity is affecting the World around YOU.” American Adult Obesity, 8 May 2011, americanadultobesity.wordpress.com/mark-public-argument/. “How Does Obesity in Adults Affect Spending on Health Care?” Congressional Budget Office, 4 Aug. 2015, www.cbo.gov/publication/21772.