Obesity: Is it the Problem of One Nation or One Person?

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Obesity: Is it the problem of one nation or one person?
If your day-to-day actions directly affected those around you, should society as whole have a say in how you choose to live your life. Elevated health cost and lost of productivity within the workplace seem to be the growing concerns that society as a whole seem to have with obesity (Bogart 30). Some blame the government; others blame the social network, and most believe the billions of dollars the food industry spends every year on advertising is responsible for the rapid spread of obesity in America. On the other hand, numerous medical professionals and health enthusiast will argue that it is every competent individuals responsibility to educate themselves about nutrition, exercise, and overall living a healthy lifestyle. Meanwhile, while this debate goes back and forth, it is our youth who are suffering from our inability to resolve this issue. Mark J. Van Ryzin and Paulina Nowicka (2012) believe “obesity is one of the most serious problems facing our youth today”(p. 106). If all that wasn’t incentive enough, being obese could very easily mean the difference between life and death for many individuals who are oblivious to that fact.
Could something as simple as a number on the scale, truly affect quality of life? I carefully chose the words “Quality of life” to represent the physical and psychological effect that being overweight can have on an individual. A great deal of research has been completed which shows that about 90% of individuals classified as being obese have been victim to humiliating remarks (Boggart 31). This is not a typical issue that can simply be addressed on a national scale like campaigns that are against the use of tobacco. While nicotine makes i...

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