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Obesity as a Public Health Issue
An exploration of obesity, particularly childhood obesity, and the role of public health policy in addressing this issue.
# 128489 | 2,681 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper explains the dangers of childhood obesity and its causes. The paper then discusses school policies that can impact the obesity epidemic, such as establishing better nutrition in lunch programs and eliminating non-nutritional choices from vending machines on campus. The paper also considers the effect of legislation against advertising and government incentives for rewarding improved dietary choices. The paper points out, however, that while part of the solution lies in better legislation, the impact of consumer pressure on fast-food giants to stop undermining the health of the American population is also very effective.

Background and History
The Problem of Childhood Obesity
Using School Policies to Address the Problem of Obesity
Legislation, Litigation, Societal Costs, and Public Health Policy
Fast Food, Ethical Marketing, Labeling, and Corporate Responsibility

From the Paper:

In the last few decades of the 20th century, overweight and clinical obesity increased dramatically in the United States. To a large degree, the increase is thought to be attributable to the wider availability of fast food, the hectic working schedules that prevent many American families from being able to prepare and share nutritious meals together, and to the sharply declining amount of physical activity among children that is a byproduct of video games, cable television, and computers in the home.
"The issue of obesity is extremely important; clinical obesity is defined as being above 25% body fat by weight (Larson-Duyff, 2002) after allowing for bone structure and other unrelated elements. In the last decade, medical research has implicated excess body weight as a contributing factor in numerous long-term health consequences and in the development of other serious diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure (CHF), arthritis, various forms of cancer, as well in reducing the overall quality of life (Baldauf, 2008)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baldauf, S. (2008) Too Fat? No More Excuses: Research Is Revealing How Very Damaging Extra Baggage Is. U.S. News & World Report. Jan 14/08 (pp. 57-61)
  • Gibbs, N, (2007) One Day in America. Time Magazine. Nov. 26 /07 (pp. 60-61)
  • Kotz, D. (2007) Kids and Weight: How To Win the Weight Battle; U.S. News & World Report. Sep 10/07 (pp. 60-69)
  • Larson-Duyff, R. (2002) American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide. Hoboken: Wiley & Sons.
  • National Institutes of Health (2006) NIH Obesity Research. Retrieved November 2, 2008 from the National Institutes of Health public website, at:http://obesityresearch.nih.gov/

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