Essay on Obesity Is Not A Public Health Concern

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Many people strongly disagree that obesity is not a public health concern. Many feel that it is simply a health concern and should not be part of the political scene and is not any of the governments business. Many feel as if their rights are violated because the government has chosen to implement health policies that attempt to reduce the incidence of obesity because of the huge social impact that it has on health insurance and the cost of medical care for everyone. What we do know is that based on research, obesity is directly tied to socioeconomic status (Schreier & Chen, 2013). Rates of obesity have skyrocketed in the past couple decades for adults, adolescents and children. Two out of every three adults in America are either overweight or obese and nearly 9 million children and adolescents are considered overweight (Tao & Glazer, 2005). This trend is particularly prevalent in children of low economic status. Among low-income US children, 28% resided in households currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (Leung, Blumenthal, Hoffnagle, Jensen, Foerster, et. al., 2013). The SNAP program is the largest of 15 available federal nutrition assistance program offered to low income households. SNAP benefits can be used to purchase most foods and beverages except for alcohol, supplements, and prepared foods. The SNAP program does not enforce a defined list of food items…

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