A Modest Proposal on Obesity



As scales across the country continue to rise, it becomes more and more clear that America is facing an obesity epidemic. Some even refer to it as the plague of the 21st century. In America, two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are obese. These obese people are more likely to have health problems such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Furthermore, obesity is expensive to treat. The annual healthcare costs of obesity are $147 billion a year, and one study predicts that this cost could rise to $344 billion a year by 2018. Another study suggests that for the first time in America’s history, the younger generations may be on track to have a shorter life span than their parents as a result of obesity. So, what should we do about this problem?


My modest proposal is that we ban all high fat, processed food from being made or imported into the United States.

 Research has shown that foods high in fat makes a person sleepy and also slows down the brain, which leads to a less productive person. These foods are usually referred to as junk foods or fast foods. The convenience argument  for both of these options is understandable,  but it is overused every single day. Is it still convenient when you don’t have enough energy to do anything but sleep? How about when you can’t focus because all you feel like doing is taking a nap?  Too many Americans are just fat and lazy! When did that become acceptable? The ban would replace all high fat, processed food with fruits, vegetables, and low-fat foods in stores and restaurants across the country. By eliminating high fat foods, we will see a much thinner America filled with people who lead much more productive lives than they ever have before.


6 responses to “A Modest Proposal on Obesity

  1. This is a wonderful idea to decrease obesity in the United States, especially for those that were lured by fatty foods in the grocery store. Grocery stores are usually sprinkled with obscene amounts of high fat processed foods placed in effective places where all shoppers can see them. With the ban on sugary foods, it will consequentially help the environment as well. Many unhealthy foods come in packaging. The elimination of the product implies the elimination of the packaging – it’s a win/win!

  2. Hey Mara, I know my rights as an American citizen, and if I want to go to the grocery store and buy a lifetime supply of heart disease inducing deliciousness, then I will. You and and the federal government can’t ban freedom!

  3. I have always asked myself, what if the problem was just made illegal. Would it eliminate the behavior? UNfortunately, in my opinion it would not. The only feasible action would be to tax processed foods to make them less convenient and more costly. I think you should treat it like tobacco in the United States.

  4. This will definitely help in getting rid of obesity in the U.S. which is one of things the US is known for around world unfortunately. Yes, getting rid of fatty food will decrease packaging like Alexis explained, but grocery stores make a lot of profit off the sale of fatty foods. Less profits for grocery stores would be one downfall of getting rid of all fatty foods.

  5. Or, why not cut the fat off the fat people and render it down to add fat to thinner people.

    You could have liposuction machines directly wired into Wendy’s Frosty machine.

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