Overweight And Obesity : Significant Impacts On Physical And Psychosocial Health

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Problem statement Overweight and obesity have significant impacts on both physical and psychosocial health with short and long-term adverse effects (Thomas, Weedermann, Fuemmeler, Martin, Dhurandhar, Bredlau, Heymsfield, Ravussin, & Bouchard, 2014). People who are obese and overweight are more likely to have high-risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and more (Bhattacharya, 2013). Adopting a policy for body mass index (BMI) reporting program, labeling of all foods and beverages to promote consumer awareness of calories, as well as taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages will provide means of reducing the prevalence of obesity and overweight.
Background of the issue of obesity and overweight Nearly two-third of adults and one-three of young people are considered to be overweight and obese (CDC, 2015). Approximately 1 in 20 adults aged 20 and older are extremely obese and overweight. Overweight and obesity have being linked with increased risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and more (CDC, 2015). From 2011-2014, the prevalence of obesity was over 36.5% in adults and over 17% of young people in the United States are obese and overweight (CDC, 2015). Adults and children are both at risk of health effects of overweight and obesity. Increasing consumption of sugary beverages has been a key contributor to the obesity prevalent in the United States (Harvard School of Public Health, 2016). A standard 20-ounce beverage contains 16 to 19 small…

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