The Problem of Public Policy and Bills on Obesity

The Problem of Public Policy and Bills on Obesity

The American Diabetes Association has been pushing efforts to combat diabetes through their comprehensive Diabetes Prevention Program. The DPP was conducted over several medical centers, involving participants who volunteered to have their eating and activity habits monitored and to follow dietary and exercise recommendations. Among the astounding findings of the said program is the correlation between the causes and prevention of diabetes with that of obesity. Even so, health programs such as the DPP could not account and counter the entire problem with weight-gain alone. People of power have to do something because they can.

Regrettably, public policy and bills on obesity have not been eagerly pushed through enough against one of the gravest threats to long-term health. Legislators are only as eager to listen on the chitchat-debates rather than to act (immediately) on the required public policy and bills on obesity.
Particular groups and districts though are positively assertive. Some state-lawmakers are forwarding bills requiring fast food and chain restaurants to post nutrition information such as caloric, fat and sugar content on menus to standardize public awareness on obesity. Other states are considering public policies restricting the sale of soda, candy, and other junk-foods in schools under jurisdiction, while others are appointing commissions for research or imposing physical education standards in schools. Others still propose public policy and bills on obesity imposing tax not only on fatty-foods, but also on sedentary models like movie-tickets, video-games and DVD-rentals, to be used as fund for nutrition and exercise programs. 
Physicians, diet gurus, women’s magazines and concerned units have long been devoting to the problem of obesity. It may be time though for the government to muster extra interest on the issue. Obesity could be looked at as a matter of personal choice yet it is also a serious societal toll worthy to be considered as government problem. Policy-makers may be torn between the pro and anti obesity bills, yet they could not neglect the matter altogether.
The need for adequate public policy and bills on obesity is just as crucial and potential as the fight of the anti-smoking campaigns of the 90’s. It could not be denied that obesity has become an epidemic affecting over 60M of the population, and a most notable cause of preventable deaths.

And not only does obesity pose serious health-risks to the majority of the population, but it also escalates the government’s total spending on the disease. Hundred billions are spent annually on obesity, directly and indirectly, making it a major cause of concern for families, insurance corporations, and the government. If these two reasons are not enough to call for more public policy and bills on obesity, then the government itself is in grave threat. It turns out that obesity is not just a health concern but a political issue as well.

Diet, Exercise, Obesity, and Diabetes

Diet, Exercise, Obesity, and Diabetes


Obesity has been a world wide problem, even as a silent epidemic in developed countries.
Diabetes on the other hand has been one of the most difficult to treat human diseases. Put the two together and you have an endemic that would test the limits of science in saving lives – the peril of obesity and diabetes.

Although not all diabetes are a result of obesity (and not all diabetics are/become obese), more and more studies have been developed to prove the increase in the percentage of diabetes disease as a result of excessive weight gain. As one of the crucial consequence of obesity, diabetes is the final detriment in the life expectancy of an obese person. How so?

Obese fat accumulations damage the cells in the body that produces insulin. Obesity and diabetes is a fatal cause and effect that also moves in a vicious circle. The already diabetic person would put a final tip in his health balance once he gains excessive weight. At the same time, the obese person would cut more inches from his life thread once he reaches the point of diabetes.

Clinically obese patients, once diagnosed are also already pronounced ‘pre- diabetic’, having blood sugar levels higher than normal, and if left untreated, obese patients would develop the full- blown Type 2 Diabetes in only within a decade. Yet the obese- diabetic should stop counting his years.

Studies made on obesity and diabetes produce promising results of treatment. And the cure is just as good as hitting two birds with one stone – weight loss. It appears that losing weight doesn’t only prevent escalating obesity up to the morbid diabetes stage, but it also actually reverses the damaging cause of obesity to the cells that produce insulin. Obesity and diabetes are treatable; and starting the challenge is fairly simple – targeting the cause.

In dealing with obesity and diabetes, the most important concern is the amount of weight gain that takes to develop obesity and diabetes?’ –The key then is to determine the causes of weight gain and then reverse it. Soon enough, we’ll find out that the successful combination of diet and exercise to be the most likely answers to beat the worst human disease combination. Diet and exercise negates obesity and diabetes.

Attention to diet should start even from a very young age. In particular, obesity and diabetes prone (or generally health concerned) individuals should concentrate on serving sizes, required dietary allowances, and avoiding excessive sweet and fatty foods; the myriad benefits of exercise could not at all be overstated. – The key however, in getting the equation right is starting and starting now.