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Rogers / 4 Senator Pathare

S. S______

A BILL
To mandate government run weight loss and exercise programs.
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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This act may be cited as the Healthier America Act of 2016.
SECTION 2. FINDINGS
Congress hereby finds and declares that,
1) Obesity independently predicts coronary heart disease (CHD).
2) Obesity is associated with many types of liver diseases, fibrosis, and carcinomas.
3) 35.7% of American adults are obese with a BMI of 30.0 or higher.
4) An increase in BMI can lead to conditions such as diabetes and strokes.
5) Obese children are at a risk for low perceived competence in sports, physical appearance, and peer engagement.
6) Severely obese individuals have a risk of being more susceptible to depression.
7) Obese children have a lack of self-confidence leading to poorer academic performance at school.
8) Morbidly obese women who work in jobs requiring interacting with other people earn 5% less than their normalweight counterparts.
9) In 2005 obesity-related medical costs totaled $190 billion and keep rising today.
10) Obesity results in lower working productivity in the individual.
11) Regular activity can help prevent weight gain and also help with weight loss.
12) Excess weight can diminish reproductive and respiratory function.
13) Overweight and obese children have a more likely chance to become obese in the future, as adults, and develop
many health issues.
14) Obesity results in higher rates of absenteeism resulting in $8 billion lost in productivity.
15) Current efforts to prevent Americans from putting on weight have had little effects.
16) Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980.
17) Regular exercise can help reduce body fat and protect against some diseases.
18) A lot of the foods that help prevent diseases also help with weight control.
19) The annual health cost of a normal person is $10,000.
20) More than 1 in 20 people are extremely obese.
SECTION 3. STATUTORY LANGUAGE
A) The term "obese" is hereby defined as having a BMI of 30.0 or higher. Nationwide weight loss and exercise
facilities will be implemented for those who fall under the obese category. Those individuals who fall under this
category will have a suggested time requirement, from their primary physician, to spend at the facility, participating
in programs that help negate the weight gain. The facilities will be as the disposal of physicians nationwide and can
be accessed by any overweight or obese individual for no extra charge. Obese or overweight individuals over the age
of 16 will have access to any of the facilities nationwide. The facilities will contain trainers, exercise equipment, and
programs designed for individuals to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Any individual below the defined
overweight BMI range of 25.0 to 30.0 will be required to pay a monthly or yearly fee for the use of these facilities.
B) The Department of Health and Human Services will be the enforcing agency while the Department of Housing
and Urban Development will be the administering agency. The funding for the project will come from a 2.5%
increase on Income Tax.
C) This act shall be enacted on January 1, 2017. This bill is to be renewed every five years. By making use of the
facilities and participating in its programs any obese or overweight individual will receive a reduced health insurance
premium. If an individual under the BMI range of 25.0 to 30.0 uses the facilities a discounted monthly price will be
given to the individual for every month of full participation. "Full participation" is hereby defined as at least 4 hours
per week at the facility.