Essay about Why Is America So Fat?

1150 Words Aug 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Why is America so fat? This is a much pondered question. Perhaps the greater question is, what are we going to do about it? But who are we per se? The question of whether obesity should be a governmental or societal concern is largely deliberated. While government should not interfere with personal lifestyle choices, obesity is largely in part a governmental concern because government care programs negatively impact the economy. The government financially accommodates the weakening economy and healthcare industry caused by people who may not be able to afford proper healthcare, nutrition or weight management.
While government assists the poor, it should also assist in initiatives that support healthy diet habits. Since the 2008 recession, many Americans struggle to maintain employment and feed their families. According to Tim Slack and Candice Meyers of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, the national poverty rate had reached over 46 million Americans near the end of the recession. “Over the course of the Great Recession, [Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program] receipt soared to record highs. Between 2007 and 2011, monthly SNAP receipt increased from roughly . . . 1 in 11 Americans . . . to 1 in 7 Americans (Congressional Budget Office 2012)”, (Slack and Myers, 2014, pg. 64). The increased poverty rate changed the way Americans eat which caused a ripple effect in the healthcare industry and obesity epidemic, but more on that later. Right now the…

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