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This paper discusses how obesity is a growing problem, not just within the United States but around the world and how since 1974, the rate of obesity has nearly doubled within the U.S. In particular, it looks at how battling this problem has become a hot topic within news media, the medical profession, and even within the public school system. It contends that understanding the nature of the problem, its consequences, and the controversial arguments of experts is critical to proposing a solution to the problem of obesity, which currently affects the lives of millions of Americans.
From the Paper:"Aside from simple healthy issues, there are certainly other consequences of obesity. First, the economic effects of obesity are astounding. The medical costs associated with obesity involves both direct costs, such as preventative, diagnostic, and treatment of the diseases, and indirect costs, such as morbidity, or the loss of productivity due to absenteeism, restricted activity, and days spent ill, as well as the loss of life. In all, a total of nearly ten percent of the U.S. medical expenditures each year, up to $78 billion dollars, is spent on obesity, half of which were paid by Medicaid and Medicare, increasing the social costs of obesity. On a state-by-state basis, monies spent range from $87 million to $7.7 billion dollars (CDC, online). Clearly, the economic costs of the disease are high. "
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