Obesity And The American Health Care System Essay

1399 Words Jun 1st, 2016 null Page
A common American motto is that “bigger is better” when it comes to homes, cars, amusement parks and most importantly food and portions. This mindset played a huge role in what many would say is recent obesity epidemic that has not only swept our nation but also a large part of the world. Currently, more than one third of American adults are obese and these figures continue to rise as we continue to live an overindulgent and sedentary lifestyle (“Adult Obesity Facts,” 2015). This is an immense social issue that is significant to the American health care system: our cost of healthcare per capita is double that of most developed European countries (Kane, 2012). Exploring obesity from an economic perspective, there are increased medical costs due to the poor health that is linked to being obese that overall have driven up the already high costs of healthcare in America. These prices continue to increase with the increasing medical needs of the obese population and take up more of the health care budget. We need to lower the obesity rates in order to allow our country to flourish and start lowering the cost of healthcare in general through policy reform. Obesity is a pressing issue, and it can be addressed with policy implementation and educational programs for youth in this country. Obesity has a stigma associated with it that has been supported by social and legal institutions and this has helped exacerbate the problem of obesity that has increased health…

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