Essay on The Obesity Crisis And Its Effects On Obesity

1555 Words Jul 31st, 2014 7 Pages
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 et al, 2010). In contrast, Kelly (2010) hold a stronger view and claims that individual behaviour are essential in combatting the obesity problem. Overall, the argument for government and personal intervention appears strong.

Ellison (2011) illustrates that 2 countries “England and Singapore” already spend a staggering amount of money on obesity. 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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