Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2017 Obesity in America is quickly becoming a serious health issue with more than one third of United States (U.S.) adults living with obesity. Obesity can lead to many devastating diseases such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes, many of these are leading causes of preventable deaths (CDC CITE). In an effort to combat obesity in the U.S. a legislative bill has been introduced to congress. H.R. 1953, also known as Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2017 was introduced to congress on April 4, 2017 and was sponsored by Rep Erik Paulsen (R- MN). More than seventy-six representatives eventually supported the bill. The intent of H.R. 1953 is to provide for the coordination of programs to prevent and treat obesity and for other purposes by amending title XVIII of the Social Security Act.
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Most people have an opinion about overweight people and often jump to conclusion about the reasons a person may be overweight. My personal beliefs about obesity and weight issues may be a bit different than most people as I have suffered with weight issues for most of my adult life. I feel strongly that people and especially healthcare workers should never judge others for any reason and especially not because of someone’s appearance. I value the human body and what it is capable of and I was brought up to believe that we should take care of our bodies and live a healthy lifestyle. Not everyone that is overweight is unhealthy and there are many factors that lead to a person gaining weight. As a nurse, I have seen the devastating health problems that are associated with
The health issue of obesity encapsulates a topic of controversy for many years now. As rates of obesity increase in children, teens, and adults, the problem of action arises. A specific question poses: should the U.S. government place regulations on Americans in order to combat obesity? The polarizing viewpoints form from the idea that controlling the food and exercise of people’s lives invades their privacy despite making them healthier and helping them to live longer. In my honest opinion, the answer to the aforementioned question is yes.
There are many concerns the scenario illuminates for practicing nurses. Prior to going out on placement to a healthy facility,
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.
Take Off of The Obesity Crisis Being overweight has been a concern of the US government and citizens for a while now. Many people have been debating about how the obesity crisis has been affecting people and businesses. Who's fault is it and how can we solve the problem are questions often asked by concerned citizens, the government and most importantly overweight people.
Each year, there are about 112,000 deaths from obesity that are preventable. In the past few decades, the number of cases of obesity has been on the rise in the United States. It has tripled among children and doubled among adults. In 1990, Connecticut’s obesity rate was at 10.4 percent. Then, in 2000, it was at 16.0 percent and currently it’s at 26.0 percent.
In “Obesity within the United Sates” Richard Dirksen defines obesity as “weighing roughly 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight” (Dirksen 1). The psychical appearance of obesity is something that in most cases is easy to tell. But the side effects of obesity are what remain silent for long periods of time. In most cases people who are obese tend to shy away from others because they feel simply as, if they do not fit in. Yet they continue to live a gluten full life style regardless of what others think as it satisfies their hunger and taste buds which is starting to make obesity a more common trend.
The high obese population can be explained by culture, portion sizes, food companies and restaurant policies, diets, and traditions. Obesity is not only an individual issue; it is most importantly a national matter. It raises both individual and collective problems related to economic and demographic dynamics. Therefore, based on the alarming rate obesity is growing, it is crucial at this point to find a solution in order to slow down and hopefully stop this epidemic. Comparing diets of different countries and taking a look at the background story of American nutrition and regimes, it is clear that the American diet is very different from other nationalities and has worsened over the decades.
Today in our abundance of filling grocery stores and fast food restaurants, most is comforted in knowing when and where their next meal will come from. Although, days in the past where food shortages ran rampant; sanitation was unheard of; and obesity was the last obstacle the American people thought to face have faded. Yet, in the beginning of this 21st century, we are nearing the 40% percent mark of obese adults, and the 13.4% percent back in 1962 has become a short, but a distant memory. The average adult today is heavier compared to the 1950 's, due to changes in our socioeconomic structure; sedentary lifestyle changes; and easy access to unhealthy food choices. Did we know that obesity in the early 1900 's would soon be the cause of
The costs for treating obesity are gradually getting higher day by day than the initial figures and the current figures are expected to escalate on the basis of increasing number of obesity victims in future. And such figures only stand for funds spent on medical care and drug prescription though it also has other costs that accompanies it, among them, lost days away from work, high insurance premiums, and lower wages and incomes. If one has passion to participate in recruitment exercises into the military, one will lose the chance if they are obese due to their heavy
A plague is devastating America and has run rampant for several years. Modern health care has been struggling against this plague that strikes across all social, racial, political and geographic boundaries. A plague that the American public is well aware of and one that is still pervasive and life threatening. A plague that strikes everyone, but that starts with our children. This is the plague of obesity and its effect on the American people and the health-care community is frightening.
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.
I believe that the weight hysteria that is affecting our society is very real. It is difficult not to notice the obesity trend increase without having to resort to scientific based evidence that demonstrates that obesity numbers are on the rise. I have worked in pediatrics for at least seventeen years and have seen first hand how this epidemic continues to slowly exhibit the long-term effects that it manifests. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), presents the statistical numbers stating that one third of adults in our country are obese, (CDC, 2016). This information should scare us, this is a problem that affects everyone, and starts to creep up in our very own homes.
The obesity rate in America today is unreasonably high and something needs to be done about it. In the article Taxing Junk food to counter obesity published by the Us National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health in 2013 and states “Several studies suggest that high taxes may lead to measurable decreases in obesity on a population level, particularly if combined with additional interventions”. This law needs to be legalized for the safety and health of our nation for these reasons: Our obesity rate is at a all time high, This has been implemented in other countries around the world, and it more expensive to be obese. Our obesity rate in America is at a high rate and is only increasing, we as a nation need to make an effort to lower this percentage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “69.1% of American adults age 20 years and over are either overweight or obese.
Radley Balko’s essay “What You Eat Is Your Business, in They Say, I Say, the author argues that the government should take more targeted initiatives in dealing with obesity. Within the last 15 years, the United States government has implemented numerous laws and initiatives to try to make America healthy again. However, are they working? The daily lives of Americans seem to revolve around food, whether it be eating healthy and following the food pyramid, or on the other end of the spectrum, eating fast food for every meal and snacking on junk food. There are larger issues that the government could be handling, yet they choose this obesity epidemic over pressing day-to-day problems.
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.