With 33% of adults and 17% of children obese, the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic. A major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, it costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year. Should government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility?"
Paul Campos is a law professor, author and journalist currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is the author of The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession With Weight is Hazardous to Your Health. Campos has published extensively on the current obesity debate regarding the extent to which weight management should be a subject of public health intermediation. His work on this subject has been featured in, among other publications, Scientific American, New Scientist, The New York Times, The New Republic, and The Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Pamela Peeke
Serving as Chief Medical Correspondent for Discovery Health TV, Dr.
Peeke is featured on the award winning National Body Challenge series
and is the host of the Could You Survive? series, based upon her
national bestselling book Fit to Live. Magazines including O,
Prevention, Fitness and More feature her columns and editorials, and she
regularly appears on CNN, FOX and NPR as an in-studio science and
health news commentator. Dr. Peeke serves as spokesperson for the
American College of Sports Medicine in its global initiative, Exercise
Is Medicine. She is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the
University of Maryland, School of Medicine and is a Fellow of the
American College of Physicians.
Dr. David Satcher
Dr. David Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States and published America's first "Call To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity." Formerly a four-star admiral in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and Director of the CDC, Satcher simultaneously held the positions of Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001. Dr. Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Macy Faculty Fellow and the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors, including top awards from the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently the Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.
The host "Stossel," a weekly program airing Thursdays at 10 PM EST and midnight on Fox Business Network, John Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards and has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Stossel also appears regularly on Fox News Channel providing signature analysis. Prior to joining FBN, Stossel co-anchored ABC's primetime newsmagazine show, 20/20. Earlier in his career, Stossel served as consumer editor at Good Morning America and as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City. He is a graduate of Princeton University, with a B.A. in psychology, and his economic programs have been adapted into teaching kits watched by more than 12 million students every year.
Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher makes the case for government playing an active role in curbing American obesity. Satcher believes that while there's no substitute for individual responsibility, "individual responsibility can only take place in an environment where there's equal opportunity" for healthy lifestyles.
John Stossel, host of "Stossel" on Fox Business Network, argues that the U.S. government already controls too much of our lives, and it should stay out of food regulation. Stossel asks, "will they next try to control skydiving and extra-marital sex?"
Excessive body fat. It is usually caused by sedentary habits and a diet high in fat, alcohol, or total calories. Calories consumed but not used are stored as fat. Rare causes include glandular defects and excess steroids (seeCushing syndrome). Obesity raises the risk of heart disease and diabetes mellitus. Treatment, by reducing calorie intake and increasing exercise, is best undertaken with a doctor's advice.
Stossel is attacking a straw-man. He says: If government wanted to intevene on obesity "everything good would have to be encouraged and everything bad discouraged... This is formula for totalitarianism. Mussolini wanted this."
1. This is a false represetation of Satchers argument, a distorted, easy-to dismiss-version of it. A straw man.
2. It relies on a false assumption. To decrease obesity there is no need for government to control every aspect of life. Government could take a few selected measures and do a lot of good.
3. It is an ad-hominem-fallacy. "Mussolini shared this opinion. Therefore it must be wrong."
We are not hearing about the true solution to the cause of obesity. It is not "what" you eat that causes obesity, but rather "when" you eat. In France, Japan, and many other countries in the world they still abide by a structured meal time. Eating is for meals, not simply whenever you get hungry. This keeps insulin regulated and prevents chronically raised insulin levels. This means ad libitum eating is the problem and the solution is simply to maintain discrete meal times. We do not burn body fat by eating food, that is physiologically absurd. If you are going to eat, wait for meal time to prevent obesity. Obesity: My Unexpected Final Conclusion.