The Importance Of The Obesity Crisis

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Plenty numbers of people are becoming overweight and besity around the global background. Obesity is defined as the most serious reversible health problem similar with smoking in the world. It has been suggested that government programmes are necessary to tackle the obesity problem. This essay will illustrate that such government actions are essential to prevent the obesity crisis and will focus on government programmes in Singapore and UK.

The issue of who is responsible for the obesity crisis is much debated. One view is that the social environment is responsible for this epidemic (Seng, 2013; cited from Ruth et al, 2010), while others point out that government intervention is an effective way of reducing obesity (Swinburn, 2008; Algazy
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Hence, these governments have realized the importance of the obesity problem and try to give solutions to reduce increasing trend of obese population. For example, over 55% people are overweight or obese in England, which is includ 61.9% of adults and 28% of children who between 2 and 15-years-old were obese in 2013 (Ibid). The
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Brithish government paid 5 million for tearting obese and obese-related disease such as heart disease and cancers (Ellison, 2013). In addition, Cameron (2011; no page) stated “obesity already costs our National Health Service (NHS) a staggering £4 billion in 2011. But within four years, that figure is expected to rise to £6.3 billion by 2015” . Therefore, obesity problem cannot be ignored a figure for the cost of medical in treatment of obesity. The government has the responsibility to interferen and slove the problem of
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Due to the research from HESP (2011) has shown that food preferences and eating habits are main problem result inobesity among childhood, it is more resistant to change after adolescence. Hence, school education plays an significant role in maintenance and cultivation of health eating. Despite this government intervention is still neccessary. Programmes in Singapore include a healthy eating in school programme (HESP). It helps children to develop regular healthy diets (Sandhu, 2013). First and foremost, school have to assess and monitor the food in the campus canteen. Also, all canteen vendors are required have the professional knowledge of healthy nutrition and culinary skills before they prepare healthier meals for students. As well, there are some of rules in the 10 guidelines of the healthy eating in schools programme. For example, school request sale drinks must have the Healthier choice symbol (HCS)

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