I have chosen to research American obesity. In my research I believe that I will be able to prove that thorough proper government intervention and increased personal motivation, obesity can be prevented and sustained at its current levels. One of the major problems with fighting obesity comes from the fact that it is directly related to private, personal behaviors, unlike other medical issues. Although there are already some mediocre preventive methods such as “get fit plans,” the projects that will be sure to work efforts have not even begun. Such products include increasing the quality of food produced and supplied at intermediate schools and universities along with getting higher funding for fitness and health programs. Obesity is a growing problem, but also faces steady declines in some demographics of the world. I believe it can become sustained.
I will use the following sources to prove that the American public is no longer the world’s most obese nation and that the rest of the world is increasingly gaining weight:
This is a segment of a four part study that was produced by The Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal. It examines what was known about obesity, at the time the study was conducted, the economic and health burdens of obesity, the psychology behind it and the actions that need to be taken to prevent and end it. Although there are already some preventive methods such as “get fit plans,” the efforts have not even begun. Researchers have calculated the effects of behavior and different levels of policy intervention to come up with a preventative method to global obesity. Such include factors that will “..improve the food and built environments, cross-cutting actions (such as leadership, healthy public policies, and monitoring), and much greater funding for prevention programmes. Increased investment in population obesity monitoring would improve the accuracy of forecasts and evaluations. The integration of actions within existing systems into both health and non-health sectors (trade, agriculture, transport, urban planning, and development) can greatly increase the influence and sustainability of policies.”
I plan to use this source as a guiding factor in my research to talk about some of the ways we can help stop obesity.
This article discusses a study produced byThe Lancet, the world’s leading medical journal, that proves that America is not the world’s fattest nation.For years, Americans have been believing that they have been living in the world’s most obese country but, according to a study conducted by one of the world’s leading medical journals, The Lancet, America was never even in the top ten of the world’s fattest nations. America is just the worlds most industrialized nation, home to many fast food chains and large portion sizes; there are a significant number of fatter nations that have become this way due to the sudden introduction of American based products such as fast food chains and other processed food items. Obesity is measured through the body-mass-index (BMI), a system that calculates the amount of fat a person should have compared to their weight and height. The BMI states that anyone with a BMI over 25 is considered overweight. The Average BMI for the USA as a whole is 28.4, ranked 20th internationally. A noticeable decrease in the amount of overweight American women was acknowledged throughout the study. (Could this be due to media spins? Are they in fact having a positive impact on society, as opposed to the negative image “being thin” currently has?:: a section of my counterintuitive note) But, unfortunately, while the BMI for the American population has dropped substantially, it is not enough to say that America is slimming down. Sadly, the rest of the world is merely getting fatter.
I intend to use this article to describe how America is no longer the world’s fattest nation, how the “fat scale” is determined, and why.
This source was found through a quick search on Academic Search Premier. The article discusses BMC Public Health’s main goal: the discussion of how childhood obesity is a prominent issue. Childhood obesity effects not only a child throughout his or her childhood, but follows them for years to come. Thats why, according to the article, preventing obesity early on is very important. The research team established a prevention method, STOPP which was based on a similar Swedish program, CHH, combats creating a balanced diet, encouraging physical activity, and evenly distributed sleeping patterns.
How I intend to use this source: to show one of the ways we are currently working to prevent obesity.
The Scarsdale Diet was created by cardiologist Dr. Herman Tarnower and is one of the most effective international diet plans that allows users to loose up to 20 lbs in two weeks. It is a healthier alternative to other popular plans such as Atkins because it includes what they consider to be “complex carbohydrates” such as bread and fruit. The basis is healthy eating: limiting your intake of most carbs and eliminating others. The diet works by using a strict two week diet plan, and considerable exercise, followed by a week span of not dieting.
I plan to use this source as an example of one way we can prevent obesity, such as dieting.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Program” focuses on getting kids to get out and get active. She targets healthy eating, as well. Her program is centered through TV networks favored by children across America such as the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. The idea is to influence American children at a young age of healthy alternatives.
I will use this source to describe another program that is geared towards helping children get active and get healthy.
The article, written by Rogan Kersh and James Monroe, describes the politics of obesity and the seven steps that the government should take to prevent it. Despite previous thoughts, the American government has always been highly involved with the regulation of obesity. It is not just a recent phenomena. In 2001, Surgeon General David Satcher’s called for the American government and public to help fight obesity by saying that the obesity rate has reached epidemic proportions. The problem with fighting obesity is that, unlike other health problems, it comes from private behavior. So, the government was faced with an issue: how can they influence the public sphere? (counterintuitive note). According to the article, you can control private, personal environments through social disapproval, medical-science, self help, media spins, and the demon user and industry concepts. Another way the government can help prevent and maintain obesity is through mass movements in the political sphere, such as the introduction of more interest group action.
I intend to use this source, along with source one, to discuss the ways the government can influence obesity rates in America.