Make A Difference: Obesity
By: Baylee Hux, Emma Johnson, & Sara James
What is the problem?
What is the extent of the problem?
What has already been done to try and resolve this issue?
The IOM(Institute of Medicine) strategies include: integrating physical activity into people's daily lives; making healthy food and beverage choices available everywhere; changing marketing about nutrition and physical activity; using schools to promote healthy weight; and urging employers and health care professionals to support healthy lifestyles. The committee that wrote the report assessed more than 800 obesity-prevention recommendations and identified those that could be used together most effectively to accelerate obesity prevention. "Individuals and groups can't solve this complex problem alone, and that's why we recommend changes that can work together at the societal level and reinforce one another's impact to speed our progress," added Glickman, who also is executive director of congressional programs at the Aspen Institute, an international nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. The state Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity Prevention Program (NPAOP) works to reduce the burden of death and disease related to overweight and obesity in Texas. We base our activities on the most current and proven public health strategies, and then partner with state and local organizations, groups and communities across the state to promote science-based nutrition and physical activity interventions, policies and environmental changes to prevent and control obesity and overweight.
List 3 options to solve your problem.
- Schools offer healthier choices for people who buy their lunch. They could also take out the unhealthy snacks and switch them out with healthier choices. Per year a school would have to pay $80,000 while the government pays around $30,000. It could increase or decrease depending on the number on kids in a school.
- There are too many fast food restaurants that mostly offer unhealthy, fatty choices. They should add healthier choices to their menu and not overprice the healthier choices. That way people would have better options even at fast food restaurants.
- Advertise that eating better is a great thing. Eating healthy and exercising more often could really solve the problem of obesity. We could advertise healthy eating through many things such as billboards, TV commercials and over the radio. Billboards can range from $400-$700 depending on the placement and size. You have to rent out a spot to put your billboard and that depends on the placement also, that would cost $3000-$9000.
Advantages and Disadvantages of #1
- The kids don't have many unhealthy choices to choose from so they will most likely make a healthy choice.
- Kids might like some of the healthy choices and eat them more often.
- Kids who don't buy their lunch may not be eating very healthy.
- If kids don't like the healthy choices then they might bring their lunch with unhealthy choices in it.
Advantages and Disadvantages of #2
- People may start eating the healthier choices on the fast food menu.
- The restaurants may get more business because they have more healthy choices to offer people.
- If the healthy choices are over priced then people will choose the unhealthy choices because they are cheaper.
- The restaurant may not get much business because they changed their menu to be more healthy.
Advantages and Disadvantages of #3
- Billboards and TV commercials could catch the peoples eye and help the choose better choices.
- If a famous person is advertising that eating healthy is good then people would want to follow their example.
- Some people would ignore the advertisements.
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