Todd M. Jenkin’s “Prevalence of Overweight, Obesity, and Comorbid Conditions Among U.S. and Kentucky Adults, 2000-2002” provides essential graphs and charts in aiding his notion that obesity is growing at an alarming rate in the United States. Jenkins starts immediately by noting, “The obesity epidemic in the United States worsens with each passing year. From 1991 to 2002, the prevalence of obesity has increased more than 80%, representing an estimated 43 million adults in 2002.” (1). The correlation was made between the increased rate of obesity with the increased rate of health related deaths in that vicinity. Another interesting downside of the increased obesity rate observed by Jenkins was the drastic costs that go along with treating people with acute and chronic obesity. The symptoms of obesity ranged from diabetes all the way to heart failure and the list is endless. Although he did not provide a valid solution to the ongoing problem, this article most likely was solely for informative purposes.
If I had to critique Todd Jenkin’s informative article, I would begin by editing his charts depicting the rate increase of obesity in the United States between the years 2000-2002. He compared the BMI rates of the population in Kentucky to the United States and this seems offly limiting as there are far more heavily obese states than just Kentucky. I would have most likely compared each and every state to the general national BMI average so that those lying in those states would be able to gauge how themselves and their state in general are doing from a health standpoint. I would also atleast provide one personal opinion on how this increasingly alarming issue is to be squandered to atleast give a little bit of leadway in what I think could be done about this problem.