Give a brief description of a public health issue for which you are interested in developing a public health campaign. Then explain why this issue warrants a public health campaign. Finally, describe one potential challenge of developing a campaign for your public health issue and explain one way you might address the challenge.
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The public health issue that I would like to address in a public health campaign is the fact that people eat too many carbohydrates and are too afraid of fats. Our public health officials have long told us that we need to eat less fat because fats tend to make us overweight. Therefore, we typically eat lower-fat diets that are heavy in carbohydrates. I believe that this is a problem because it adds to our levels of obesity and our problems with such things as heart disease and diabetes. I would like to create a campaign in which people are encouraged to eat low-carb diets even if those diets include more fat than is currently deemed acceptable.
The major problem with this public health campaign is that it would fly in the face of the conventional wisdom that we have believed in for decades. In addition, it simply seems to make sense. It seems logical that eating fat would lead us to become fatter. Because of these factors, people are likely to be reluctant to accept the idea of low-carb, relatively high-fat diets.
The only way to overcome this obstacle is through education. I would try to find a group of medical professionals who believe (as do the professionals quoted in the article below) in the idea of low-carb diets. I would encourage them to write op-ed pieces in influential newspapers or web sites. I would encourage them to appear on TV talk shows. I would try to get more money funneled towards studies that could gain more information about how low-carb diets work and how to implement them. This would be a slow process, but it seems like the only way to overcome people’s devotion to the idea of low-fat, high-carb diets.
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