Addressing Obesity in North Carolina
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The paper discusses obesity as a public health crisis, specifically in North Carolina, and considers how to address this epidemic. The paper suggests encouraging more walking and exercise among the population and perhaps offering tax incentives to businesses that encourage healthy lifestyles among their employees. Next, the paper addresses the food quality of school lunches and proposes ways to increase students' consumption of fruits and vegetables. The paper also criticizes North Carolina's emphasis on monitoring students' weight, rather than changing their behaviors by promoting healthy eating and more movement. In conclusion, the paper asserts that stopping obesity on the local level is likely to have to be the policy focus in the future.
From the Paper:"Recently, much attention has been given to our nation's financial crisis. However, it is important to remember the toll obesity takes upon our nation. Obesity is a public health crisis that has been growing over the past decades, and unless action is taken now to prevent it from spiraling out of control, particularly in today's youth, the emotional, physical, and financial costs will be overwhelming to the healthcare system. At present, North Carolina is ranked as the 17th most overweight state in the entire United States. 62.3% of North Carolina adults are considered overweight or obese, compared to the national median of 61.6%. What is perhaps even more surprising is the pace at which this dubious honor was won: the percentage of N.C. adults who are obese doubled from approximately 13% in 1990 to 27% of the population in 2006 (The Obesity Epidemic in North Carolina, Eat Smart Move More, 2008)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- "2008 School Lunch Card." A Report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Autumn 2008. Healthy School Lunches. 23 Nov 2008.http://www.healthyschoollunches.org/reports/report2008_intro.cfm
- DeBare, Illana. "More employers offering pedometers to encourage fitness." San Francisco Chronicle 14 Aug 2007http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/14/WALK.TMP
- Duke Health. 23 Nov 2008. http://www.dukehealth.org/
- Edible Schoolyard Project. Official Website. 23 Nov 2008.http://www.edibleschoolyard.org/homepage.html
- "The Obesity Epidemic in North Carolina." Eat Smart Move More. 2008.http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/ObesityInNC/Doc/North%20Carolina's%20Obesity%20Epidemic.ppt.
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