The NEH Must Take Action to Reduce Obesity

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In recent years, portion sizes have continued to increase, and over 190 million citizens are obese. According to the CDC, in the Appalachian region of the United States more than 81 percent of people suffer from obesity related health problems. These statistics are shocking. At some point the government and the NEH has to step in and do something for the sake and health of citizens, specifically children. “Many researchers have theorized that media use by children, excessive snacking during media use, food-marketing practices in food advertisements, cross promotions, food away from home, supersizing and increased portion sizes can all contribute to childhood obesity” (Kavas). Due to the epidemic rise in obesity, and for the safety of children’s health now and in the future, the NEH needs to fund education regarding the link between portion sizes and obesity. Obesity is a disease where there is an excessive or abnormal build up of body fat. It is a terrible illness and difficult to overcome. Obesity was once only a problem in high-income countries, but percentages have also risen dramatically in low to middle income countries. Obesity has become one of the nation’s fastest growing health issues. Now, one out of every five Americans is overweight, and two thirds of Americans are obese. According to The Medical News, 31 percent of American adults are obese, 65 percent overweight, and 18 percent of children are affected by obesity today. America’s total daily caloric intake is 815 billion, which is 200 billion more than recommended (Health). It is proven there is a direct correlation to eating more calories than what your body needs and gaining weight. To gain one pound a person must eat 3,500 more calories than what the body actu... ... middle of paper ... ...estaurants Dishing out Extra-large Portions." USATODAY.com. 21 Oct. 2006. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. Kavas Aysel. “Global trends, food industry and marketing practices and their impact on childhood obesity.” European Journal of Management Spring 2009: 135. Academic OneFile. Gale. Kansas State Library. 23 Feb. 2011. Klein, Sara. "8 Reasons to Make Time for Family Dinner - FoxNews.com." 22 Sept. 2009. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. Murphy, Jenny. "The Super-sizing of America: Are Fast Food Chains to Blame for the Nation's Obesity?" SpeakOut.com. 15 June 2000. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. The Medical News. “What is Obesity?” News-Medical.Net. Web. 23 Feb. 2011. “The more they serve, the more we eat: limiting portion sizes and changing calorie density in those portions can make a big dietary difference.” Health Reference Center Academic. Gale. Kansas State Library. 23 Feb. 2011.

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