Essay on Obesity Is No Longer Considered An Individual Problem

1117 Words Feb 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Obesity is no longer considered an individual problem, like in the past, but, today, it is a public health crisis screaming for national action from all levels and disciplines. Obesity related expenses easily reach $150 billion US dollars annually. Two out of three American adults are reportedly overweight or obese. Measuring over 50% increase from nearly 40 years ago. What is more alarming is that the obesity epidemic is now affecting American children at higher rates as well. Childhood obesity expenses have soared to $3 billion annually. Within the past 30 years, the rate of children suffering from obesity has more than doubled and quadrupled in adolescents. In 2012, 18% of American children between the ages of 6-11 were obese and 21% of adolescents aged 12-19 were also obese. As a result, childhood obesity reached a staggering reporting of more than one third of children and adolescents suffering from obesity. Obesity is of great concern because it can lead to other chronic illnesses such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. All of these conditions drive up health cost. Many policies have been issued on federal, state and local levels to address childhood obesity. The policies geared toward childhood obesity lean toward the belief that childhood obesity comes from poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. “From 2001 to 2011, 483 new legislative bills were passed to promote healthy nutrition in schools. A total of 137 new bills were…

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