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.