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Coke Didn't Make America Fat
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-07-09 | MUHTAR KENT

Posted on 10/08/2009 6:15:17 AM PDT by GOP_Lady

Americans need more exercise, not another tax.

Obesity is a complex issue, and addressing it is important for all Americans. We at the Coca-Cola company are committed to working with government and health organizations to implement effective solutions to address this problem.

But a number of public-health advocates have already come up with what they think is the solution: heavy taxes on some routine foods and beverages that they have decided are high in calories. The taxes, the advocates acknowledge, are intended to limit consumption of targeted foods and help you to accept the diet that they have determined is best.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cocacola; coke; nanny; nannystate; obesity; tax
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1 posted on 10/08/2009 6:15:17 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

no, all Coke did was to make itself rich, which is the REAL reason the Left is coming after them


2 posted on 10/08/2009 6:17:46 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GOP_Lady
It's difficult to understand why the beverages we and others provide are being targeted as the primary cause of weight gain when 94.5% of caloric intake comes from other foods and beverages

I don't support a soda tax, but those are also theemptiest, least nutritive calories in the diet.
3 posted on 10/08/2009 6:19:31 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: GOP_Lady
The tax is the important thing.

Doesn't matter how you "justify" it, as long as the government gets more money.

All money rightfully belongs to the government.

4 posted on 10/08/2009 6:20:25 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Ask not what the Kennedys can do for you, but what you can do for the Kennedys.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

theemptiest blooper of the day


5 posted on 10/08/2009 6:20:52 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom ;))
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To: GOP_Lady

How many people do you know who eat fast food daily and drink a gallon of coke a day yet they are skinny as a rail?

At the same time, there are many like myself who just look at a 7/11 big gulp and gain ten pounds.

Body weight and size are individually determined not only by eating habit choices but by genetics and metabolism.

Diet is not a one plan that works for all.


6 posted on 10/08/2009 6:21:20 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: GOP_Lady
I understand a coke habit makes you skinny, not fat.


7 posted on 10/08/2009 6:22:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: GOP_Lady

All those people trying to explain why so many people are fat have obviously never watched fat people eat. It is not what they eat that makes them fat but the humongeous amount of food they consume. Fat people are prodigous eaters. That is why they are fat.


8 posted on 10/08/2009 6:22:30 AM PDT by csmusaret (Joe Wilson--Speaking truth to power)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

INDEED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 10/08/2009 6:22:50 AM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

The high-fructose corn syrup in Coke (and other soft drinks) didn’t help.


10 posted on 10/08/2009 6:22:53 AM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: GOP_Lady
why stop with coke....why not put a heavy tax on tv consumption...maybe that will get people off their fat asses and make them find something more productive to do that will increase their exercise thus taking in less junk food....
11 posted on 10/08/2009 6:23:45 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I lost 25 pounds by cutting out cokes, sweet tea and sugary treats, and BREAD (loaf, rolls, bagels, muffins, etc). Cutting carbs works....................


12 posted on 10/08/2009 6:24:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (The Zero has more airtime than Michael Jordan...........)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

They’re going after them, because we’re just too stupid to figure out what’s good or bad for us. It’s the Nanny State on full display. Anyone who saw the increase in tobacco taxes, knew this one was coming. Democrats are already wringing their hands preparing to tax junk food and soda pop.


13 posted on 10/08/2009 6:24:19 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("The Community Organizer better stop bitching that the community is organizing." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: GOP_Lady

Over processed wheat and sugar are the main culprits.


14 posted on 10/08/2009 6:24:23 AM PDT by jetson
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To: Dr. Sivana

“It’s difficult to understand why the beverages we and others provide are being targeted as the primary cause of weight gain when 94.5% of caloric intake comes from other foods and beverages”
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Same answer as most other questions....
$$$, taxes,Power,fame, etc., etc.

gubmint/$$$ at the bottom of every woodpile...


15 posted on 10/08/2009 6:25:13 AM PDT by gunnyg (SUFFER NO FOOLS -Gunny G)
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To: GOP_Lady

The cycle begins again. Tax something, and before you even get the expected windfall of ‘free’ money; spend it. Then you realize that the new debt is greater than the new revenue stream. Naturally, the only viable answer is to raise the tax.

Now we run into yet another basic Economic law. How much will an American pay for a can of Coke? At some point, Americans drink less Coke, due to the cost. Now the US Gov’t has not only managed to squander whatever income it has gathered - it will also, like any other parasite, kill it’s host.

How many people work for Coke? Wanna bet this tax will result in layoffs? Some immediate, but as the tax increases and demand plummets - thousands more jobs will follow.


16 posted on 10/08/2009 6:25:15 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

The word is “metabolism”. Mine is so high, I can eat like a horse and it doesn’t show.


17 posted on 10/08/2009 6:25:52 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper ("The Community Organizer better stop bitching that the community is organizing." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: GOP_Lady

How about taking the enormous tax burden off of us so we can relax and afford more vacations, activities, that would keep us healthier?

I’m sure I would weigh 5 lbs less if I was a housewife instead of having to work this desk job so as to provide us a decent kind of life despite all the taxes we are forced to pay.


18 posted on 10/08/2009 6:26:18 AM PDT by Infidel Heather (In God I trust, not the Government.)
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To: GOP_Lady

I went to the Miami Beach Surf Club once, and the waiter asked me if I wanted bottle or fountain Coke.

That was the last time I heard that!

As a rule, I think, if you move more and eat less you’ve gotta lose weight. However, it’s important to eat good things.


19 posted on 10/08/2009 6:26:57 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: Buckeye McFrog

When are they going to shut down coke and pepsi for putting all that CARBON DIOXIDE into the air?

With Mother Earth warming at an alarming rate we must stop every single bit of carbon dioxide getting ino the atmosphere!!

I think coke and pepsi are big democrap donors or I am certain we would be hearing this.

Just like we would be hearing the healthful benefits of bathing your lungs in ‘cleansing smoke’ if tobacco companies donated to democraps


20 posted on 10/08/2009 6:27:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!!!)
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To: Lazamataz

Is that a real human being? I’m creeped out. She can’t be healthy, can she?


21 posted on 10/08/2009 6:28:05 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: GOP_Lady

http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/


22 posted on 10/08/2009 6:28:05 AM PDT by doodad
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To: GOP_Lady

I drink Coke because Pepsi supports the gay agenda and socialism!! They are huge backers of Zero....not calories, but Obambi!


23 posted on 10/08/2009 6:28:12 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: csmusaret

I am a fat person. A nutritionist has monitored my eating. You know what? I am not a prodigious eater. In fact, my current food choices are, if anything, bulkier than my old and I have lost 50 pounds “eating more.” It is what you eat, how your body reacts, and how active you are that matter. What works for me is likely not to work for you.


24 posted on 10/08/2009 6:28:20 AM PDT by Ingtar (Asses far Left of me; Rinos to the Left; FReepin' on the Right with you.)
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To: GOP_Lady

I have a slightly different take on all the “fat” thing.

IMHO political correctness is making Americans fat.

Used to be, one was teased for a myriad of things. Being fat. Acting gay. Failing in class. Losing at dodge-ball. Whining...

Then it became fashionable to suppress the teasing which acted as such a strong social motivator to maintain some basic good habits. It happened that being fat no longer caused one to be teased. A boy wearing a dress became somehow a good thing.

Pass-fail mentalities replaced competition.

Dodge ball itself was eliminated. Never mind winning or losing at the contest.

Whining because an entire poltical party.

THAT is why Americans are getting fat.

And lazy. And immoral. And unproductive. And without skills or motivation.

Because nobody gets teased anymore growing up...


25 posted on 10/08/2009 6:28:57 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: Dr. Sivana

I don’t know, for kids maybe, but I have seen some pretty impressive beerguts bellying up to the local bars around here.

How soon until they demand we only drink light beer?


26 posted on 10/08/2009 6:29:48 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: csmusaret

You have a valid point. The balance a healthy body has, is that the appetite is governed by the number of calories the body believes it needs.

When a person gets obese, this balance is thrown out of kilter; a fat person is ALWAYS hungry. No matter how much he consumes, in an hour his body is telling him that he is hungry. Hunger is not a fun, enjoyable sensation; yet for the fat person, hunger pains are real, and they are far more frequent than in a thin person.

Ask anyone you know who was obese and lost the weight. They will tell you how amazing it is that they can survive on the amount of food they now consume; and that when they were ‘big’ they were hungry all of the time.

It’s a problem that is metabolic, it’s genetic, it’s psychological and it’s physical. No obese person likes being obese, I doubt you’ll find one person in the US population that is obese that doesn’t wish they were thin.


27 posted on 10/08/2009 6:30:00 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Red Badger

I did too. Doing 600 calories a day of cardio helps too.


28 posted on 10/08/2009 6:30:14 AM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Are they going after EVERY business that does contribute to radical left causes? Did Coke and Pepsi not contribute to ACORN or something?


29 posted on 10/08/2009 6:30:48 AM PDT by TaxRelief (Walmart: Keeping my family on-budget since 1993.)
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To: paulycy
Anorexia plus crack addiction. Here's another self-victimising person:


30 posted on 10/08/2009 6:30:53 AM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: cweese

Nobody forces you to go to the store, purchase the Coke, and then drink its contents.


31 posted on 10/08/2009 6:31:33 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (Everyone says they have a plan... until they get punched in the face. -Mike Tyson)
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To: paulycy
I mean, don't get me wrong.

I'd still hit it.

32 posted on 10/08/2009 6:31:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: cweese

Nobody forces you to drive to the store, purchase the Coca-Cola, and then drink the Coke product.


33 posted on 10/08/2009 6:32:14 AM PDT by VA_Gentleman (Everyone says they have a plan... until they get punched in the face. -Mike Tyson)
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To: fooman

I don’t work out, I work outside...................yardwork, etc.....


34 posted on 10/08/2009 6:32:19 AM PDT by Red Badger (The Zero has more airtime than Michael Jordan...........)
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To: Red Badger

Adkins was the only diet that worked for me, once I heard it was all protein and no carbs it was a match made in heaven.


35 posted on 10/08/2009 6:32:40 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Lazamataz
I'd still hit it.

That's just a little too far for me. That woman is ill.

36 posted on 10/08/2009 6:33:28 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: Lazamataz

37 posted on 10/08/2009 6:33:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (The Zero has more airtime than Michael Jordan...........)
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To: Infidel Heather
How about taking the enormous tax burden off of us so we can relax and afford more vacations, activities, that would keep us healthier?

You nailed it!! When I go on vacation, I get so much more exercise than I do when I am at work. I get up, I walk miles, I eat sensibly (salads, water, milk, light meals) and usually go to be exhausted.

When I am at work, I get up at 5:30am, am sitting at my computer by 6:30 and get no exercise at all. When I get home, I am usually too tired to do anything substancial. When I do go to the gym, all I have time for is 30 minutes of Cardio and some weight lifting; then it's straight home and off to bed.

38 posted on 10/08/2009 6:34:18 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: GOP_Lady
Talk radio doctrine is “That which is taxed, is reduced”

This tax is a hard one to oppose intellectually. Do they tax diet Coke too?

39 posted on 10/08/2009 6:34:25 AM PDT by sickoflibs ( "It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the government spending you demand stupid")
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To: GOP_Lady
Have you ever seen a fat person order a normal coke? They always order a diet coke with their three cheeseburgers. It is not the coke that makes them fat.

Coca Cola is a symbol for America and that is why leftists around the globe have always hated it so much.

40 posted on 10/08/2009 6:34:30 AM PDT by cartan
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To: GOP_Lady
My weight is none of the federal government's business.

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41 posted on 10/08/2009 6:34:56 AM PDT by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: paulycy

Yeah, but I’d hit two slices of toast and some jelly.


42 posted on 10/08/2009 6:34:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: GOP_Lady

Taxing soft drinks is just another government money grab, to which I am totally opposed. As for the issue of sugar-laden soft drinks causing obesity—obviously, that is just one of many factors. But, some simple mathematics might be instructive.

Ingesting 3500 calories more than a person burns up will cause one pound of weight gain. Let’s compare two individuals who have the same metabolism and who do the same amount of exercise and have identical diets, except that one drinks a Regular Coke per day (155 calories)and the other drinks Diet Coke (0 calories.) At the end of one year, the Regular Coke drinker will have consumed 155*365=56,575 more calories than his Diet Coke drinking clone. If the latter has no weight gain after a year, the former will have gained 56,575/3500 = 16 lbs. And that’s just in one year, assuming one 12 oz. Regular Coke per day.


43 posted on 10/08/2009 6:35:12 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Kenya tell me where Obama was born?)
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To: Red Badger

I’d hit that table.


44 posted on 10/08/2009 6:35:30 AM PDT by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: Lazamataz

You got three chances...............


45 posted on 10/08/2009 6:36:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (The Zero has more airtime than Michael Jordan...........)
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To: csmusaret
Fat people are prodigous eaters.

You LIE.

46 posted on 10/08/2009 6:36:49 AM PDT by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: Lazamataz
Yeah, but I’d hit two slices of toast and some jelly.

Good point. Share some peanut butter with that poor child.

47 posted on 10/08/2009 6:36:53 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Doesn't matter how you "justify" it, as long as the government gets more money.

Soon, they will put a tax on 'fried' foods. After all, those are predominately Southern ... and French.


48 posted on 10/08/2009 6:37:00 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Red Badger

I used to do that too, until I moved to the big city. If you burn 600 calories in the morning b4 you eat, you force yourself to burn fat stores...


49 posted on 10/08/2009 6:38:55 AM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: tatsinfla

And then, give us a tax credit for exercising! ;)


50 posted on 10/08/2009 6:38:55 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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