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This paper examines the problem of childhood obesity, further pointing out its long-term health consequences that may lead into adulthood. First, the paper presents statistics about the increase in childhood obesity. Then, it considers methods to prevent obesity, such as "fat-taxes" on certain foods and beverages. Next, the paper addresses the effectiveness of anti-obesity drugs. Finally, the paper details the long-term health risks of obesity, especially how it is a major risk for chronic disease.
From the Paper:"Increasing numbers of states are now either considering imposing "fat taxes" on certain foods and beverages or have already put them into effect. As with any of these increased-tax approaches, such as cigarettes, controversy exists on the overall impact on health, if not on the state's pockets. In an article in the Oregon Law Review, Winstanley (2007) explains the two perspectives for reducing obesity: 1) the "fault-based paradigm," where the person is responsible for the condition and health habits and 2) the "public health perspective," which views obesity as a disease caused by a number of different socioeconomic and environmental factors. The major problem with fat-tax models that are explained in relationship to lifestyle preferences, is that they basically concerned with offsetting the short-term economic costs of obesity rather than developing preventative solutions for the long term. Winstanley thus recommends a "healthy fat tax credit," or a fully refundable tax credit for money spent on healthy foods. Such tax credits, he argues, have been the most successful tool when the aim of the policy is to reach low-income households. From an economic standpoint, forecasts are forecasting obesity rates to increase to 40 percent for men and 43 percent for women by 2020, diabetes medical costs..."
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