The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention Essay

980 Words Jun 8th, 2015 4 Pages
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (2015) reports more than 1/3 of adults are obese and rates have quadrupled in adolescents and doubled in children over the last 3 decades in the US. In 2012, an alarming one third of children and adolescents, were obese or overweight (CDC, 2015). This will only perpetuate into adulthood, and increase the likelihood of individuals developing chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; creating an additional strain to the already overwhelmed healthcare system. Concerned with the increasing unhealthy population and startling obesity rates, New York City made the decision to prohibit 16 ounces or greater sweetened drinks from businesses regulated by the City’s Health Department, including restaurants, food carts, cafeterias and concession stands (Stanglin, 2012). The efforts of officials to improve the overall health of the population, was applauded by many, but was also met with opposition from consumers and businesses/manufactures of the products. The soda industry filed a lawsuit, and invested in a multi-million dollar campaign against the ban (Grynbaum, 2013). Similar to the tobacco industry, their focus has been on the business aspect; the decrease in profits occurring as a consequence of the ban. The long-term health effects of consumers are of no concern to this industry.
In New York City, 25% of those in Head Start and 20% of kindergarteners are obese, in addition to over 50% of adults…

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