Responding to the Obesity Crisis Persuasive Essay by Nicky

An overview of the American government's poor response to the growing obesity crisis.
# 145924 | 1,258 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper provides an overview of the obesity epidemic and its causes and discusses criticism of the U.S. government policy regarding agriculture. The paper reveals the interests of U.S. farmers to grow corn and the interests of food corporations to encourage individuals to eat more. The paper looks at the response of Europe and Japan to this epidemic, and highlights the poor response and enforcement of anti-obesity policies by the American government.

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From the Paper:

"The epidemic has produced many proposed solutions, none of which are perfect, spanning from low-carbohydrate diet advocates to low-fat diet advocates, who often do battle in the media. Advocates for more physical education in school (which has been the subject of budget cuts and also time constraints in an age where preparing students to take standardized tests often takes priority over health), advocates of organic and vegetarian diets all do battle in the public stage in search of answers. And some of the most vocal critics have been of the U.S. government policy regarding agriculture. "Absurdly, while one hand of the federal government is campaigning against the epidemic of obesity, the other hand is actually subsidizing it, by writing farmers a check for every bushel of corn they can grow" (Pollan 2003, p.2)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Etiology of obesity. "Lifestyle management of adult obesity." University of Missouri-Columbia.2007. February 19, 2009.
  • "Obesity and overweight." World Health Organization (WHO). 2009. February 19, 2009.
  • Levine, Susan & Lori Aratani. "Inertia at the top." The Washington Post. May 19, 2008: A01. February 19, 2009.
  • McCurry, Justin. "Japanese grab girdles as obesity crisis looms." The Guardian. March 2, 2006.February 19, 2009.
  • Pollan, Michael. "The way we live now: 10-12-03; The (Agri) cultural contradictions of obesity." The New York Times. October 12, 2003. February 19, 2009.

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