Doomed to be Obese
It has become quite clear that obesity is becoming a growing problem for not only the United States but also the world. “The two most common and well-known reasons for obesity are lack of exercise and eating unhealthy foods that are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Probably 80 to 90 percent of people are overweight due to these reasons” (Ramm). However, the problem lies in who is to blame for this obesity problem, the users or the suppliers? I guess this same argument could be used in the drug war, so is obesity the worst drug of them all? “Prof Stephenson said it was likely the solution lay in changing the way people were exposed to advertising. “Another aspect is the taxation of cigarettes to deter people from buying them – that seems something to look at in relation to food.”(Stephenson).” The overexposure to unhealthy food choices creates for an environment in which society is entrapped in a world of unhealthy food choices. So what is going to be done to try and deter people from making unhealthy food choices? A campaign by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges was launched yesterday with a broadside against an unlikely target – the London 2012 Olympics. The body, which represents 200,000 doctors, says sponsorship of the Games by fast food and soft drink firms including McDonald’s and Coca-Cola sends out the wrong health message. Spokesman Professor Terence Stephenson said: “They clearly wouldn’t be spending the money if they didn’t benefit from being associated with successful athletes.(Stephenson)” Without creating a deterrent for people to stop eating unhealthy choices and creating an incentive to start exercising and living healthier lives are we doomed to allow obesity to take over the world?