OBESITY. A Collaborative Presentation. THE ISSUE:. The problem of obesity is a major dilemma that the United States and the World must confront. What is obesity and how does it relate to standards of health? What are the economic costs and implications associated with obesity?
A Collaborative Presentation
The problem of obesity is a major dilemma that the United States and the World must confront.
What constitutes obesity?
Strategies to Prevent Obesity
Assessing Your Behavior and Environment
Adopting Healthy Habits
National and State
“Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced legislation to amend the No Child Left Behind education law to require content and performance standards for physical education beginning in school year 2006-2007 as part of a state plan for compliance under the law. By the 2008-2009 school year, states would also have to assess student progress in physical education.”
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As quoted by Jeanie Davis, Levitsky concluded, “Although the use of all-you-can-eat dining halls may be effective as a recruiting technique for colleges, these food bars may be responsible for much of the weight gain we see in freshmen. (Davis 2)”
While it is true that such dining hall “food bars” are available, it is ultimately the students themselves who are choosing what they eat and how much they eat .
Possible explanations include drinking (alcohol contains lots of empty calories), more socializing that involves eating, high-fat foods in dorms and cafeterias and less physical activity. (Center for Weight and Eating Disorders at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
College students are also often stressed, low on cash and pressed for time meaning several things…
1. Ronald J. Sider, Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (Nashville, Tennessee: W Publishing Group, 1997), 161-162.
2.John Isbister, Promises Not Kept: Poverty and the Betrayal of Third World Development (Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press, Inc., 2003), 167.
A Global Phenomenon
Percent of Population Classified as Obese
Research has revealed a number of correlations between obesity and poverty. In a survey of more than 100 separate studies, Canadian researchers found that the socioeconomic situations in which people live “are the major factors determining whether they develop cardiovascular disease.” (Source 1)
Within recent decades, low-income households have become the victims of the globalization that has delocalized food production, increasing the prices of fresh, healthy foods that now need to be transported over long distances, leaving high-fat, processed food as the only nourishment that the poor can afford (Source 7).
Childhood obesity rates for the impoverished have increased over the last decade because children in low-income households have less access to safe venues (such as parks) where they can participate in physical activities and these youth also have more limited access to team sports because of the financial constraints of their parents (Source 8).