“Gaining on Fat” by W. Wayt Gibbs. The mankind defeated such serious diseases having been mortal some 100 years ago like plague, cholera, smallpox and others. Modern times bring more challenges to the human health. The problem of obesity in the richest countries is bringing real threat to the mankind. Thus, in The United States 59% of the adult population are defined as people with obesity1.
There is no need to discuss the hazard of obesity. It is well known both for the scientists, and ordinary people. The scientists are doing their best to find the roots of the problem. The conclusions and the investigations are rather controversial. The problem of obesity has formed the whole science and the corresponding business sector. The science is the dietitian medicine and the business sector is the nutrition products.
People suffering from obesity are ready to pay money for various miracle remedies from the fatness which emerged on the market. The author of the article tries to investigate the roots of the problem and find the correct solution. He is not alone in his investigations but the best scientists of the world are engaged in the problem solution. If there is one who is able to find the panacea he is no doubt worth of the Noble Prize, but unfortunately there is no panacea. If we try to look at the problem in complex, it can not be resolved by one type of the measures, say by medical means or social ones. The author gives an example that some of the doctors suggest to introduce the fat tax or raise the insurance rates for those who fail to visit gym2.
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The suggestion is very interesting especially when it comes from the doctors, who are more likely nutritionists. Then to be consequent pediatricians should suggest the measles, scarlatina, milk teeth, quinsy and other infant diseases taxes as well as special tax on pregnancy as the origin of all infant diseases. Then other doctors should suggest the taxes according to their profiles, traumas, appendicitis, AIDS etc. The population of the world will be absolutely healthy, the budgets will be huge, and the doctors will change their profession because nobody visits them in order to save taxes. The solution of the problem is more complicated, of course than to collect additional taxes. Medical aspect of the problem is very important but not the only one. There should be a complex of measures to reduce the threat of obesity and such measures should be taken not only on the level of business people selling the nutritious products or doctors recommending various diets. The problem should be resolved first of all on the cultural level.
People should realize that the sport is prestigious, that the slim figure is attractive and that the successful person is first of all a healthy person. The government should pay more attention to encourage the development of the sport infrastructure facilities by the tax regulations. Thus if a problem is serious (obviously it is) certain tax reduction may be applied towards businesses aimed to cultivate the healthy way of life. The author of the article investigates the genetic nature of the obesity. At the same time he admits that just which genes influence our eating, metabolism and physical activity, and how they exert their power, remains a mystery3. The genetics is a very complicated science.
The scientists trend to use some new phenomena which have not yet been investigated properly in a little bit free way. The example may be the agricultural technologies based on the genetic modification. Nobody has proved yet the harm of the genetic modified agricultural products. But nobody proved opposite. At the same time the genetic modified products are introduced in the USA but their use is restricted in Europe. If we assume that obesity has the genetic nature, the genetic modification technology is not acceptable. The only thing scientists agree, the results of genetic modified products could be according to the genetic nature, i.e. they are not immediate but may emerge in the future generations.
The prevalence of childhood obesity has more than tripled over the last three decades. In 1980 the rate of obesity among U. S. children aged 6-11 was 6.5% however, according to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2010), in 2008 that number soared to 19.6%. Obesity rate for teens 12-19 years of age also saw a substantial increased, from 5% to 18.1% (National ...
The speculations of the author regarding treating the obesity on the genetic level may be just speculations. The genetics is a science that is not appropriate for experiments on humans. At the same time doctors agree that pharmacological treatment may be effective in case of obesity. Obesity researchers argue that the most effective assistance they can provide their patients will probably be pharmacological4. Doctors are absolutely right from their professional point of view. Obesity should be fought and pharmacology may be effective as a medical tool, but as it was stated above a medical aspect is one of numerous aspects in treating obesity. The danger of obesity is that there is a strong tendency of obesity among children.
This is direct threat to the future generations. This problem can not be solved by the medical means only. The producers of confectionary, food for children in cooperation with the nutritionists should work out common policy regarding the products for kids. Such products must be manufactured under the strictest control of nutritionists. Nowadays various diets became in fashion all over the world. People, following the promising advertisement try various diets which are sometimes not supported by the doctors tests. It is maybe not fatally bad until such diets bring some harm (unless they would be banned).
All these diets play at least a certain positive physiological role. A person while accepting this or that diet realizes the necessity of taking some measures. All these experiments are inappropriate for children. “We have to be very careful about putting children on restrictive diets,” Yanovski warns. “That is inappropriate. But we can be more proactive in getting our kids away from the television set, more physically active, riding their bikes instead of being driven everywhere.
Greg Critter in his article "Too much of a good thing" tries to bring a valid point of stigmatising overeating in children. The author strongly advocates parental advice in a childs diet. Obesity according to the author is an epidemic which is engulfing the youth of the nearly all the major countries. It is high time that this problem was taken care of. Researches have shown that majority of ...
If people recognize that this is a serious public health problem affecting their children, then maybe they will start taking some action.” If not, economists should start adjusting their models now to account for the tremendous health care cost increases that lie ahead.5 The last warning of Susan Yanovksi is an alarm for society, because obesity approached the future of the nation, the children. Bibliography Gibbs, W. Wayt, Gaining on Fat, available at http://www.it.lut.fi/kurssit/03-04/010820000/Gaini ng_on_Fat.pdf Citation Gibbs, W. Wayt Ibid Ibid Ibid.