Government Intervention vs. Obesity Problem
As a result of the recent public debates centered around our nation’s rising obesity problem, Michael Marlow, a professor at California Polytechnic State University, did his research when it came to what does and does not work when the government tries to intervene in the lives of Americans and their eating habits. He goes into great detail in 2012 with his article, “Government Intervention Will Not Solve Our Obesity Problem”, about the actions the government is currently taking and the results they are getting. His article is very persuasive because he uses facts and research to support his findings.
Michael starts off by stating that it is not a question whether or not the nation’s obesity rate is rising. “According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the prevalence of obesity among adults more than doubled from 13.4 percent in 1960 to 34.3 percent in 2008. A new report released this month by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine predicts that by 2030, 42 percent of Americans will be obese and 11 percent will be severely obese, or 100 pounds overweight” (Marlow 1). This logical appeal is very persuasive in showing that there is a major problem with obesity in America. These numbers are staggering. The percentages he uses here are very important because he’s showing that these numbers are continuously rising and there is no relief in the near future. The information h...