Argumentative Essay On Obesity

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In recent years, obesity has been a huge problem in our society and even after Americans have become aware of obesity it still has not disappeared or shown a major decline in obesity rates. For the same reason, the government has taxes on tobacco to discourage the usage of smoking and the same thing can be done to junk food and soft drinks in order to lower the percentage of the population that is obese. Most people argue that a fat tax on junk food and soft drinks will affect the poorer population as they spend a greater part of their income on junk food compared to the rest of the population, which is true with the cigarette tax as well that over the long-term the policy will make up for the cost and overall be a good policy. Obesity is a…show more content…
Some people that the government should not take a role in the issue of obesity when people have the freedom to eat anything they wish and should have the ability to accept the consequences of their actions instead of guiding people to take certain choices. The problem with the other side’s argument is even if the government did not have to pay for any of the cost they still have an economic and social obligation. An obese person has many more disadvantages than the average person, and one of the duties of a country is to promote the social well-being of its citizens by preventing widespread pollution or ensuring food safety. The way that most people get essential resources like food and shelter is by employment, as obesity makes people less productive in their jobs that could cause them to lose their employment which can be horrible for the person and if they have children it can put them into a cycle of obesity and poverty. An important factor in childhood obesity is the time children spend in child care centers, and not too many states have regulations on child care centers to fight childhood obesity while the states that have some regulations normally only check the centers once a year so it’s impossible for them to truly know if the rules are being followed (Benjamin, Sara E, et al.7-8). Shumei and Xue identify that “Parent-child interactions and the home environment may affect behavior associated with risk of obesity” (18), so children that live in the type of environment which obesity is the norm increase the risk of having obesity or becoming overweight. There are causes that only a government has the resources to push, and obesity is an issue that only a government could reduce. Also, when there is economic and social obligation to make sure that their

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