International Health Problem: Obesity Analytical Essay by scribbler

Looks at the increasing health problem of obesity among industrialized countries and presents ways to combat this situation.
# 151667 | 1,860 words | 12 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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This paper explains that countries, such as the U.S. and Great Britain, that have abundant food at a very reasonable cost and more sedentary work have greater risks of an "obesogenic" condition in with a high energy intake and low energy expenditure result in obesity. Next, the author stresses that, as countries experience
socioeconomic improvements, they also need to focus on maintaining positive health practices. The paper indicates that the cultural norm must promote smaller helping sizes, the consumption of healthy foods without a great deal of sugar and fat and greater physical activity.

From the Paper:

"The World Health Organization (WHO, 2010) reports that this epidemic demonstrates the profound changes of societies and behavioral patterns of communities occurring worldwide over the most recent decades. While genetics play an important role in influencing someone's risk of weight gain, calorie intake and physical activity determine energy balance. Thus, the WHO states that it is societal changes such as economic growth, urbanization and the globalization of food markets, as well as the worldwide nutrition transition that are driving the obesity epidemic. Economic growth, modernization, urbanization and globalization of food markets are just some of the forces thought to underlie the obesity problem. As incomes rise and populations become more urban, diets consisting of complex carbohydrates are replaced by a greater variety of foods with a higher proportion of fats, saturated fats and sugars. Simultaneously, trends towards labor involving less physically effort are seen worldwide, as are the increased use of automated transportation, advanced technology in the home, and more passive leisure-time interests.
"There are some who say the obesity epidemic is an exaggeration and media-hype. "The ScienceDaily (2008) covered this issue when Great Britain health secretary brought up the obesity problem a couple of years ago, and the British prime minister said he did not agree that there was an epidemic."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boyd-Orr, J. (1937) Food, health and income. (1937) London, United Kingdom: Macmillan & Co.
  • Breslow, L. (1952) Public health aspects of weight control. American Journal of Public Health 42, 1116-20.
  • Cook, E. (February 11, 2010) Fat epidemic as NHS obesity cases rise 60% in past 12 monthsMirror News. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  • Ferran, L. (February 9, 2010) Michelle Obama: 'Let's Move' Initiative Battles Childhood ObesityFirst Lady to Launch 'Very Ambitious' Campaign to End Childhood Obesity in One Generation ABC Good Morning America Retrieved February 11, 2010
  • Food and Agricultural Organization (2002) World agriculture: towards 2015 /2030. Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

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