Solving the Obesity Battle: Subsidized Health Club Memberships and Nutritional Counseling
Billions of dollars are spent each year on obesity-related illnesses, but the situation continues to worsen. Ideas circulate the nation attempting to solve this crisis; trendy diets and fitness machines claim to give people the body they always wanted. With so many options, one would think every American would be in great physical shape--or at least weigh the recommended weight for their height. This, unfortunately, is not the case.
The only way to beat the obesity battle is to provide better information and access to Americans. While some people, along with Jimmy Moore of blog Livin La Vida Low Carb, argue the epidemic is not a product of affluence or poverty, there is evidence that the less fortunate do not have the same options as those of financial stability. Says Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, "If we're urging people to walk more, and their streets are not safe, that's an unrealistic expectation." Americans living in upper-middle class neighborhoods feel safe taking walks, unlike those living in urban areas with high crime rates.
If employers and health insurance companies included nutritional counseling and health club memberships in their policies as Kevin Freking suggests in his posting The Real Skinny: We're Getting Fatter Everywhere, people would be better informed about what they put in their bodies, and they would have the opportunity to exercise safely on a daily basis. Additionally, if the companies provided incentives for employees and carriers participating in fitness and nutrition routines, Americans would be much more successful at losing weight.