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obesity policy - SBS 200 November 6, 2007 Introduction When...

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SBS 200 November 6, 2007 Introduction When thinking about the leading causes of death in the country, the first things that come to mind are smoking, drugs, cancer and other unpreventable diseases. Most do not place obesity in the deadly mix. However, obesity is approaching smoking as one of the leading causes of death. Obesity is a serious issue; it is not just an issue of physical appearance and lifestyle. Obesity causes many diseases and exists in over half of the population. The issue with this epidemic is that an effective anti-obesity policy is hard to come by. Laws can be created to ban smoking and drugs. As for obesity, we cannot really place a law against eating certain foods; this is a matter of free choice. The problem has become more than laziness and lack of caring. Obesity is now thought to be a part of a psychological disease, one that lacks willpower and sensibility. Many policies have been suggested for lowering the overweight population in the country. Healthy meal programs and exercise programs at school have begun to surface. Media campaigns against obesity are emerging. However, no one is willing to turn such ideas into a national policy because we are unable to see how effective they will be. As a nation, we do not like to create laws and policies without the assurance that they will be successful. However, it may be necessary to take a leap of faith and give these policies a try.
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McElaney 2 Journal Article #1 Swinburn, B., Gill T., Kumanyika, S. (2005 ) Obesity prevention: a proposed framework for translating evidence into action. Obesity Reviews 6 (1), 23–33. In many countries, obesity has become one of the main issues in policy and program agendas. Different social and political influences will cause differences between policies in separate countries. However, a basic framework is needed for policies and programs regarding obesity. A decision-making framework formalizes decision-making as a consistent process with identifiable steps and to identify the important values and principles that guide decision-making. This article lays out a framework defined by five key issues. The first issue is building a case for action on obesity. The question is “Why should we do something about obesity?” After all, it is a person’s choice to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Yet, it is also a person’s choice to do drugs and to drink and society seems to feel the need to control that issue as well. The answer to this question is one reason why the problem of obesity is rising on the agenda of policy-making. Reductions in health and life expectancy have resulted from obesity. Obesity is linked to diseases and effects the quality of life. Obesity is costing the nation money, and the population years of life. The next issue is identifying contributing factors and points of intervention.
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