Should The Government Have A Right Regulate Food? Essay

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Should the Government Have a Right to Regulate Food?
Today in America, more and more people are becoming overweight and obese. Obesity is becoming a major problem in the United States. According to Melissa Abramotivs, the author of “Obesity” more than fifty million people in the United States weigh over one fifth of their body’s ideal weight (Abramotivs 2). Studies from “Nutrition and Weight Management” states that nine out of twenty adult women and one out of four adult men are trying to lose weight. The eating habits of American citizens are starting to get out of control. In the United States, adults are gaining excess weight, children are beginning to eat more, and the prices of healthy foods are increasing. So should the government regulate the kinds of food and how much food is being consumed by the citizens of the United States? Yes, government should regulate the kinds of food and how much food is being consumed by Americans. Obesity is defined as having too much body fat or having a BMI of 25 or more. However, it is not being overweight. A person may be overweight from extra muscle, bone, or water stored in the body. (“Nutrition and Weight Management”) Obesity is commonly measured by using the BMI scale, or body mass index. Also, doctors use calculators and tables with measurements of height and weight. In addition, some doctors use X-ray absorptiometry, which is used for accurate measurements; however, most doctors don’t use x-ray absorptiometry because it cannot…

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