The obesity epidemic is one of the most pressing issues at this point in both American society and U.S. public policy initiatives. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 35.9% of U.S. adults over the age of twenty are obese (CDC, 2013). The CDC further notes that 69.2% of U.S. adults twenty years of age and over are overweight (this percentage includes those who are obese). The obesity problem is not exclusive to the adults in the U.S. The CDC notes that 18.4% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 are currently obese (CDC, 2013). These statistics illustrate the severity of the obesity epidemic in this country, but what can be done to address or even correct this problem? Many people have proposed solutions, but few are as radical as the proposal from Michael Bloomberg (the New York City Mayor) in 2012.
In May of 2012 Mayor Bloomberg announced his portion cap rule proposal (Renwick, 2013). This proposal would ban the sale of sweet and sugary beverages that are over sixteen ounces in size. This ban would affect movie theaters, restaurants, street vendors, and any other commercial entity that is regulated by the New York City health department (Yee, 2013). This proposal is commonly referred to as the New York City Soda Ban.
It’s no secret that the U.S. is encouraging people to pursue healthier lifestyles in order to combat the obesity epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have recently joined the fight against obesity by advocating for the elimination of Trans fats from the American food supply (Tavernise, 2013). Not to mention the policy initiates that have been created in order to help combat childhood obesity (the Let’s Move policy initiative). Simply put, the nation’s p...
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CDC (2013, November 21). Obesity and Overweight. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/overwt.htm
Renwick, J. (2013, July 30). Portion Cap Rule Appeals Court Ruling. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from http://www.nycourts.gov/reporter/3dseries/2013/2013_05505.htm
Yee, V. (2013, March 11). Your Guide to New York’s Soda Ban. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/11/your-guide-to-new-yorks-soda-ban/
Tavernise, S. (2013, November 7). F.D.A. Ruling Would All but Eliminate Trans Fats. Retrieved December 1, 2013, from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/health/fda-trans-fats.html
Wheelan, C. (2011). Introduction to Public Policy (1st ed.). United States: W.W. Nortion & Company, INC. (Original work published 2011).
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