www.whyville.net Jan 6, 2013 Weekly Issue

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Tagging along with this new year, are the many anticipated diets and healthier goals. But the question is not how many people begin a diet or start exercising. The question is, "How many will follow through with it?"

It is a meager task to ponder over the idea of doing exercise. While it may place you above couch potato on the lifestyle pyramid, it hasn't truly benefited you. The same applies for people who go out and buy the necessary equipment for the exercise. It matters once you begin doing the exercise itself.

We all know just how simple it is to complain about the current conditions of our society, but when it comes to finding a solution to these problems, we aren't so quick to jump in. This topic definitely fits into that category.

In America, there is an ongoing obesity problem we are facing. While we can all recognize it, is there really much being done about it?

Taxes on unhealthy food such as soda or chips, is an enormously antagonized idea. I think these mentioned taxes would be a good idea to implement. This is because junk food today is so cheap and readily available, it's a fixed part of our diet. If we made it a tad more pricey then the fruits and vegetables in grocery stores, there would surely be a shift in diet.

Another probable solution is restriction. This restriction would be limits on the quantity of a food/drink you can purchase. However, this idea would also be met with contradiction, as shown in the case with New York and their limit on soda in restaurants. Plus, you'd have to account for the many ways a person can sneak around these regulations.

I feel another factor fueling to increase in obesity is that people consider it a "you" or personal problem. In a recent poll the Times created, most of the individual's believed the problem should be faced by the individual. While only 12% believed both the individual and community will have to work together.

Why aim to be healthy in an environment where unhealthy habits are so accessible and easy? This is the problem. With all the fast food chains burgeoning in every corner, it's a lot more simple to eat there rather than going the distance to a market. Why pay the extra dollar for something healthy when you can have a fixed dollar menu right above you?

In such a situation as above mentioned, you indeed have to take it above yourself to make a more healthier you. But this does not mean that restaurants and social media should add fuel to the already colossal fire.

After all, a viable solution can only be probable if all aspects of the equation ate striving for the same goal.


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