The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reports “Most Americans (69%) see obesity as a very serious public health problem, substantially more than the percentage viewing alcohol abuse, cigarette smoking, and AIDS in the same terms. In addition, a broad majority believes that obesity is not just a problem that affects individuals: 63% say obesity has consequences for society beyond the impact on individuals. Just 31% say it impacts the individuals who are obese but not society more broadly”.
But what role – if any – does government have in fighting obesity?
Pew research indicates a majority (54%) does not want the government to play a significant role in reducing obesity, while 42% say the government should play a significant role.
It is an important public health issue that could be greatly reduced with more education and individual self-discipline.
Our thought for today is from Clint Eastwood:
“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.’”