Obesity and Government Intervention

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Obesity comes with it a wide array of unintended consequences that potentially affects everyone, rather than just those that are afflicted with it. By definition obesity is merely the accumulation of excess body fat to the extent where it may have an adverse affect on one’s health. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 33% of adults, and 17% of children are facing such a struggle. In the face of such stagaring statistics, there are few solutions to the problem at hand. But very often government intervention is often sought to be the end all solution to this epidemic. Very often the costs involved merely transfer over to the average American through both their wallets and their individual freedom. Why should government be the one to dictate how one such handle their lives, when it’s a simple matter of personal responcibility?

The cause of obesity is simply the combination of overconsumption, and lack of excersize. One would be hardpressed to argue the legitimacy of such a claim. But why has there been such a prevalent rise in obesity? Since the 1970’s, most high income countries started seeing a trend of obesity, with even more recent trends of low to middle countries experiencing the same phenomenon. The result of globalizing the production of processed, affordable, and effectively marketed food systems. A system which allows people absolute freedom to choose not only what to eat, when to eat, but also how much. Encouraging a life of abundance has culturally been an american ideal, one that has seeped into cultures of other countries. With such widespread decadence, it takes a toll on that of our wallets and of our health.

One needs not search far for a list of diseases directly caused by obesity, ranging from cardiovascular illnesses, to various cancers. With illness comes healthcare, and with healthcare comes the issue of money. According to a CCN article on healthcare costs, the diseases that are...
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