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Unformatted text preview: Zach Holland 11137169 SpMgt 365 Obesity as a Moral Issue Obesity has always been seen as a disease that affects the lazy civilian. It is simply thought that the civilian takes in more calories than suggested and is less active than the average healthy human being. The fact that the world is becoming as obese as it has ever been is a true fact. In America, in 1960 women age 20 to 29 weighed an average of 128 pounds. By 2000 the average weight had jumped to 157 (Arnst, 2009b). An uninformed reader would instantly jumped to conclusion and assume that women in 2000 must not exercise as much as their 1960 counterpart. But that is simply not true according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention, which researched this exact question in 2009. WHO analyzed the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) food-supply data from 1970-2002 and devised a series of equations involving energy expenditure, energy intake, and body size of an estimated 1000 children and 1400 adults to finally figure out if Americans had been eating more and exercising less. The information from the USDA proved that Americans have been eating more but the researched surprisingly showed that the energy-expenditure or amount of exercise had not changed much at all (Lowry, 2009). What factors are responsible for this increase and what can be done to solve this problem? First and foremost the difference between the 1960s and today would be the amount of readily available fast-food and the unmoral but very effective marketing tools these global giants use on their consumers. The most unmoral part of fast-food marketing is the way they advertise their unhealthy products...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course SPMGT 365 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Washington State University .
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