Government Controlled Diet

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David Cockley
English 101:13
3-8-11
Government Controlled Diet
Should the government have a say in Americans diets? One of the fastest growing problems in the United States today is obesity. Throughout the last ten years, more and more people have become overweight or obese. Obesity has caused a lot of damage because it has increased healthcare costs and ruined many people's lives because they can contract diseases like diabetes. If the government had a say in American citizen's diets, they will be violating people's privacy. In contrast, many people may not follow the governments operated diet system. The government should have a say in Americans diets because it help many people in many ways.

While a government mandatory diet is the best option to lowering the obesity rate, people are capable of making their own decisions, especially when it comes to food. If the government is allowed to put a person on a diet, it will not allow people to make decisions for themselves. As a citizen of the United States, people are free to do as they want with their lives, even if that means over eating. Another issue in the government having a say in Americans diets is that the diet program may not be suitable for everyone's lifestyle. Some people may eat a lot of food and become overweight, while others don’t eat a lot of food and are still overweight or obese. Each person would have to have a different diet plan for their body type. This will cost the government a lot of money in order to create these diets. Money that everyone knows the government doesn’t have or could be put to better use. Another big factor is the food that people will have to buy in order to stay on their diet. Most diet foods are very high priced and some Americans may not be able to afford their diet. The worst part about the government having a say on peoples diets is that it will impede on their privacy. Most people who are either overweight or obese may not like a government controlled diet...
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