Obesity in America has become epidemic and weight loss programs are of no help says a report by Washington DC based Institute of Medicine
Obesity is taking an epidemic form in the United States. Around 25 percent people in United States are suffering from obesity and despite a number of steps being taken by the federal government and other institutions there is no sign it is going to be controlled, at least in the near future.
Now there are concerns this epidemic of obesity cannot be removed from the American landscape with the sort of efforts we are making. It needs a number of drastic steps and the willingness of people to cooperate in eating healthy and not be enticed by the sort of food we have become accustomed to eat.
Institute of Medicine, a leading medical research institute has come out with a well researched document showing how widespread the epidemic has become. Many are saying that the issue is taking an endemic proportion. Institute of Medicine has released a massive 478-page well research report that rightly says that obesity is caused due to unwillingness of people to eat healthy food.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM.
In its detailed report, the Institute of Medicine says, that two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight or obese. The report goes on to say that if obesity is allowed to spread further without imposing checks obesity’s effects on health, health care costs, and our productivity as a nation could become catastrophic.
The report says that the nation was already spending as much as $190.2 billion for treating obesity-related illness. But report goes on to add that despite such a staggering cost of treatment, the issue was not being tackled properly.
The report makes five basic recommendations that it says will help reduce the scourge of obesity from the society. It calls on the government to integrate physical activity every day in every way, market what matters for a healthy life and asks the government to make healthy foods and beverages available everywhere. The report also asks the government to strengthen schools as the heart of health.