Problem Of Obesity In America

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English 102-1021 3 February 2014 Obesity in America There are more than 315 million people living in America, but only 3 percent are healthy. Everyday, people run through the streets of America to get in shape, but millions eat in fast food places around the country. One of the biggest problems is obesity. Even though government should not take over people’s freedom, the question still remains on whether the government should control someone’s diet or not. According to a “US News” article, over the past 30 years, obesity has increased from 13.4 percent to 34.3 percent. In both articles by the US News and an article written by Daren Bakst, there are many reasons that the government should take over what people eat, but the main reasons…show more content…
This reason has pushed the government to try controlling what the US population eats. The percentage of sick people is high in all of the categories. US News states that obesity is the number 2 cause of death. There should not be any reason for people to suffer from obesity. A lot of people don’t take care of their bodies, and that is considered to be an individual problem. Bakst states that “the ban of trans fat in other countries has reduced diseases by 50 percent, but does the government still have the right to control what one eats?” Having hormones in the food does not prevent these diseases from happening; therefore the government should take over of how the food is…show more content…
The government should lower the prices of healthy food, and they should make more of it since everywhere at a grocery store foods raised by hormones dominate. Also, obese people should be required to go to the gym so they don’t die. Finally, since people pay taxes for school, they should get better and healthy food served to the kids. In these cases, obesity would have no choice but to decrease. If the government decides to take over, America might actually have a chance to get back to the way it was before. Works Cited Bakst, Daren. "Obamacare Menu Labeling Requirement: Government Control of Your Diet." The Heritage Foundation. The Heritage Foundation, 3 Sept. 2013. Web. 03 Feb. 2014. Marlow, Michael, and Sherzod Abdukadirov. "Government Intervention Will Not Solve Our Obesity Problem." US News. U.S.News & World Report, 05 June 2012. Web. 03 Feb.

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