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Obesity as an Issue Today and the Half Ton Man
Following recent reports of a South Dakota man weighing half a ton, and losing 500 pounds in one year (he still weighs over 450!). Obesity has become part of the headlines once again.
A new health issue?Obesity is nothing new, the health impact of being overweight has long been known. Only recently has the problem been described as an epidemic.
Obesity itself takes a very long time to develop. In that period there needs to be a constant excess of energy and lack of activity.
So who's to blame?
No one will accept responsibility, where children are
concerned, schools and parents seem to point the finger at each
other. Food producers and retailers say they only sell what the
customer wants. It is the individual who has the personal choice to eat or
not. It's generally considered that the responsibility goes wider than that.
Action is taking place
Education has brought awareness of good eating and exercise habits due to schools, the government and media trying to push the benefits. Even fast food restaurants have made changes, although not entirely voluntarily.
The funding of these projects from governments and organizations is impressive but the results aren't. Levels of obesity are still rising.
Current campaigns and advice are not working and some people don't seem to want to lose
weight. There needs to be something that causes a cultural shift or change
in attitude. Only then will we see an impact in today's