In less than twenty years 1 out of 2 Americans could be considered obese according to a new study coming out of Britain. That is, unless the government can step in and make important policy changes to help curb gut expansion across the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.
A team of international public health experts urged making healthy food cheaper and less-than-healthy food more expensive through tax measures. Their argument is that if the global obesity crisis continues to spiral out of control nations will be forced to face substantial burdens to their health care costs as well as economies.
A large portion of the blame is placed on what’s known as an “obesogenic” environment in which it is nearly impossible for someone to maintain a healthy weight and diet thanks to the way food is being marketed and produced.
Next month the United Nations General Assembly will hold the first high-level meeting focusing on noncommunicable disease prevention and control. The report, released to coincide with this monumental meeting of the minds, does note that an important factor in determining the future obesity rates is the individual decision making skills of Americans to choose better food when eating.
(Source: Washington Post)