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Policy Path to Solve the Obesity Problem
Presents a memorandum and its compendium recommending a policy that will help reverse and reduce the obesity epidemic in the United States.
# 153375 | 3,575 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2013 | US


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Description:

Written in the format of a memorandum and its compendium to Mike Leavitt, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, this paper suggests and evaluates three policy alternatives to resolve the problem of obesity in the USA. The author bases these recommendations on a literature review, the historical background, key players and environmental scans and a policy alternatives matrix. The paper recommends a $3,000 tax credit to people who maintain a body mass index (BMI) of less than 25 and looks at the relating laws and arguments for and against this preferred alternative.

Table of Contents:
Memorandum
The Action Forcing the Event
Problem and Organization
Literature Review
Historical Background and Timeline
Key Players/Environmental Scan (Official)
Key Players/Environmental Scan (Unofficial)
Data About the Problem
Policy Alternatives/Matrix
Additional Approaches to Reversing and Reducing Obesity Are:
The 3 Alternatives are
Putting People Who Have a Body Mass Index of Over 25 in Prison
Providing Universal Health Care to People Who Have a Body Mass Index of Less Than 25
Providing a $3,000 Tax Credit to People Who Maintain a Body Mass Index of Less Than 25
Recommended Policy Path to Solve the Obesity Problem
The Law Affected By the Recommendation
Arguments For and Against the Alternative
Arguments for the Alternative
Arguments against the Alternative
Defense of Alternative
Compendium
The Action Forcing the Event
Problem and Organization
The 3 Alternatives are:
Putting People Who Have a Body Mass Index of Over 25 in Prison
Providing Universal Health Care to People Who Have a Body Mass Index of Less Than 25
Providing a $3,000 Tax Credit to People Who Maintain a Body Mass Index of Less Than 25
Recommended Policy Path to Solve the Obesity Problem
The Laws Affected By the Recommendation
Appendix: United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Obesity Statistics
Appendix: Environmental Scan
Key Components for Analysis at the Unofficial Level
Appendix: Policy Alternatives Matrix
Key Components for Analysis

From the Paper:

"Another viable alternative to reducing and reversing obesity in the United States is money. After all, money makes the world go around and for some of us is the equivalent to a religion. If providing a $3,000 tax credit to people who maintain a body mass index of less than 25 is not able to motivate the obese to lose weight, nothing will, especially during economically challenging times. Many of us thought the President's stimulus package was a godsend. The $3,000 tax credit has a better chance of reversing the snowballing economic crisis. All one has to do is have their medical provider measure their height, weight and calculate their body mass index. If they meet the criteria, have their medical provider certify that they do and provide them with a copy of the documentation stating that they meet the criteria. The form can be sent along with their tax return to the federal government. Some will argue that it is not a good idea to mail these forms out, because the internet is faster. However, there is software that can be developed and used to accomplish this objective. Others will say that it is not fair, because they do not meet the criterion and so they may seek to propose a tax credit for themselves."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bhattacharya, J. & Sood, N. Health Insurance, Obesity. and its Economic Costs. United States Department of Agriculture. Retrieved March 20, 2008, from http://www.msn.com
  • Bren, L. Losing Weight: Start by Counting Calories. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved April 7, 2008, from http://www.msn.com
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BRFSS Frequently Asked Questions. Retrieved May 2, 2008, from http://www.msn.com
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Prevalence Data. Retrieved May 2, 2008, from http://www.msn.com
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Overweight and Obesity Health Consequences. Retrieved May 2, 2008, from http://www.msn.com

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