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Stop Obesity One Voice At A Time

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there is a growing epidemic in America and it needs to be addressed. It needs to be put into the forefront of America and stopped. It is the epidemic of Obesity and Obesity related Type 2 diabetes. While, most of the general public doesn’t have this insight and many rely on the food conglomerates of Stouffers and McDonald’s to meet their eating needs, I am here to educate you. I am here to team up with you. With education and teamwork we can take a stand let our voice be heard against our government’s gross negligence of this issue and stop obesity and obesity related diabetes. The government needs to stop allowing the rise in diabetes to continue. A new study, which included CDC statistician Linda S. Geiss, looks at newly diagnosed diabetes cases. Geiss and colleagues report their findings in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Geiss stated, “This study confirms that obesity is a major factor in the increase in diabetes.” So, how is our government contributing to this? By allowing subsidies to makers and producers of foods that are not healthy. These subsidies, further discussed in the article “Twinkies Are Cheaper Than Carrots: Here’s Why”, by Mandy Adwell and featured on The 9 Billion website at http://bit.ly/nKjqN0 state that junk food processed with high fructose corn syrup and other cheap ingredients made from subsidized crops are leading causes of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. These subsidies, which are given to farmers to make high fructose corn syrup, are not given to fresh produce farmers and that needs to stop. According to CALPRIG, an independent consumer group that advocates for health, found a 2,000 calorie diet that is solely composed of junk foods would cost around $3.52 per day while research found at marketplace.org stated eating healthy would cost $25.86 per day for the same calorie intake. The government makes it too expensive for the American consumer to eat healthy. According to the United States Department of Commerce, the population of the United States was over 313 million. As many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 and if current trends continue, according to a new analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation said, “Successful programs to improve lifestyle choices on healthy eating and physical activity must be made more widely available, because the stakes are too high and the personal toll too devastating to fail.” Petition your local government; write your congressman, senator, mayor. Even the President. Write to them and tell them you want to eat healthy. Start a support group. Let the public know this is happening. Most people are not aware of these subsidies. Spread the word! Let your voice be heard and sign this petition and together we could change the way our foods are subsidized and reduce the Obesity Epidemic together. These epidemics are expensive and deadly. Every 10 seconds somebody dies from diabetes related causes and 2 new cases are diagnosed. The chart below shows the cost burden to society and the health industry.

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