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Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel [Gov't Regulation is their solution]
Reuters/yahoo ^ | 5/8/12

Posted on 05/08/2012 7:02:05 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper

America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday.

In an ambitious 478-page report, the IOM refutes the idea that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the part of individuals. Instead, it embraces policy proposals that have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to make the U.S. environment less "obesogenic."

The IOM, part of the National Academies, offers advice to the government and others on health issues. Its report was released at the Weight of the Nation conference, a three-day meeting hosted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cable channel HBO will air a documentary of the same name next week.

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No, it isn't your fault...blame society.
1 posted on 05/08/2012 7:02:14 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: SoFloFreeper
No, it isn't your fault...blame society.

Blame Canada!

2 posted on 05/08/2012 7:02:58 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I blame the Obamas.


3 posted on 05/08/2012 7:03:59 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Blame Bush.....*ROFL*


4 posted on 05/08/2012 7:05:47 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: SoFloFreeper
Obviously what we need is more food deserts.

Which is exactly what we are turning California's once fertile Central Valley into.

5 posted on 05/08/2012 7:06:18 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: All

It’s dem govmint peoples...Dey made me eat dat BigMac!!!!!!!!


6 posted on 05/08/2012 7:06:47 AM PDT by Boonie
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To: SoFloFreeper
Instead, it embraces policy proposals that have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to make the U.S. environment less "obesogenic."

Gee, look at that....just like 'Big Tobacco'...time to tax 'Big Food' to the same levels...ugh

7 posted on 05/08/2012 7:07:23 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Simple solution:

More Dodgeball. More childhood. More sports, more jungle jims. More roughhousing.

Yes even more “boys will be boys”. The problem is we’ve allowed socialists to take over American childhood for political purposes.

Less ritalin. Less food police.

Less liberals.

More freedom. Let kids be kids again. Kids have survived childhood now in America for over two centuries without nanny state liberals “protecting” them.


8 posted on 05/08/2012 7:07:34 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("Fall Forward")
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To: SoFloFreeper

Many times, it isn’t one’s fault, it’s the governments.
They have taken every pill that will boost metabolism off the market.
They have pushed aerobic exercise over strength training (Strength training boost metabolism)
They have pushed High Carb, low fat all over the place.
They pushed the dangerous, “Calorie in/Calorie out” theory that has caused eating disorders in young people and destroyed many a dream of losing weight long term.
They have brought the charts for “healthy weight” down to ridiculous unhealthy goals.
AND ignored that there IS an obesity gene.

They have pushed all this unfounded crap, and fixed it all with surgeries when all these people need to know is that you can lose weight (I starved off 85 pounds in 1989) but if you don’t build muscle, you will gain all that back and more. They push a vicious cycle.


9 posted on 05/08/2012 7:11:41 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: SoFloFreeper
"America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday."

Translation: "We will use this manufacture obesity "epidemic" to implement government control over every aspect of your personal and social life. It's no coincidence that this bogus "obesity" crises is being pushed in conjunction with Obamacare. The socialists are intent on using Obamacare and obesity as the the exuse to impelement complete totalitarianism. For the children.

10 posted on 05/08/2012 7:11:49 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: SoFloFreeper
We do not need bigger government or more government regulation.

1. Buy advertising to persuade people to eat much less and quit sugars and junk foods entirely. It will be much cheaper than more government.

2. Put premium reductions into health insurance. Incentivize success.

11 posted on 05/08/2012 7:12:45 AM PDT by Rapscallion (For English press "3", or "4". Whatever.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I weigh 360 lbs., and it’s nobody’s fault but mine. No one forced food or cola down my gullet.


12 posted on 05/08/2012 7:13:21 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Health Nazis must ... go the way of the surf Nazis.


13 posted on 05/08/2012 7:14:29 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Look for an executive order that all grocery stores and restaurants be closed immediately and the government provide all people in the nation free memberships to Seattle Sutton. SEIU will take over Seattle Sutton and ACORN will do the delivery.


14 posted on 05/08/2012 7:15:37 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: BenLurkin
Health Nazis must ... go the way of the surf Nazis.

And the Illinois Nazis


15 posted on 05/08/2012 7:15:37 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

In 2007, I lost 53 pounds in five months.

HOW?

By cutting in half the amount of food I put on my plate.

While losing the weight, I ate 3 meals per day.

I never skipped a meal.

I drank two Cokes per day.

I’m still at the same weight.

Why?

I admitted I was practicing GLUTTONY, and I did what was needed to STOP IT.


16 posted on 05/08/2012 7:18:24 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Rapscallion

>>. Buy advertising to persuade people to eat much less and quit sugars and junk foods entirely.<<

See post 9.
There is more to it and the Nannies have screwed us up.


17 posted on 05/08/2012 7:18:59 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: SoFloFreeper

America’s obesity problem is directly related to our passion for “free” health care. American believe they have a “right” to not have to directly pay for their health care costs, whether through the government or through their employer’s insurance. As such, the average American thinks their health and lifestyle decisions are consequence-free. They can get fat, smoke, drink, and engage in risky activities, and there is a pill out there at no cost that will restore them to their youthful vigor.

Everyone has car insurance, but when you want an oil change, do you turn the bill into your auto insurance carrier? Of course not. But people expect to do just that with the most routine health services. Breaking that psychology among the American people is the key to not only “fighting obesity” but also to really fixing the health care system. People will take better care of themselves when the consequences hit them in the pocketbook.


18 posted on 05/08/2012 7:21:08 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I’m overweight. I like to eat, and hate to exercise. So sue me.

But keep your stinking mitts off my pork chops and my donuts.


19 posted on 05/08/2012 7:22:16 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man. Never trust anyone who hasn't been punched in the face)
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To: SoFloFreeper
I think the leftist buttwipes say it best:


20 posted on 05/08/2012 7:24:35 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: fishtank

You lost weight because you WERE Gluttonous.

But not everyone who is overweight is. In fact, many people are on a cycle of binging and starving.

And the government says “Calorie in/Calorie out”

If you fast, totally do away with food, your body goes into starvation mode. You will lose four pounds the first two weeks and two week after. After a while, it gets used to it and you can survive on less calories.

How do you think people survived the Death Camps? Some people need less calories.

When you start from Gluttony, it’s easy to cut back. It’s not so easy when you start from 2000 calories.

I and my fellow ballerinas lived for years with eating only on weekends.


21 posted on 05/08/2012 7:25:13 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: SoFloFreeper

I wonder if the king will let us hunt deer in his forest.


22 posted on 05/08/2012 7:25:23 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Geez, if this isn’t the classic example of a “solution” looking for a problem...


23 posted on 05/08/2012 7:25:23 AM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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To: SoFloFreeper

All that, and they will keep subsidizing corn syrup. ...That said, I don’t know a single fat person who blames society for their problem. There are a lot of fat people who are tired of the public and medical perception that they are over eating gluttons, but they don’t blame that ignorance for their problem. There are two things insulin can do, make energy or make fat. If the body doesn’t allow it to do enough of the first, it is going to do the the latter. Does the government have a cure for this malady?


24 posted on 05/08/2012 7:30:28 AM PDT by pallis
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To: SoFloFreeper

The spokesperson chose not to read the following clarifying remark: “Since you don’t have the willpower to limit your soda intake and we certainly can’t point that out to you, we must therefore deny access to soda to everyone so you can maintain your self-esteem to girth ratio indefinitely.”


25 posted on 05/08/2012 7:30:52 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Chen Guangcheng: Gutsy call, Obama /UltraMegaDrippingSarc)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Here’s a radical thought: MYOB When did we lose that concept?


26 posted on 05/08/2012 7:32:01 AM PDT by PA BOOKENDS
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To: SoFloFreeper

—Obesity fight must shift from personal blame—

Actually it should. The focus should shift TO personal RESPONSIBILITY.


27 posted on 05/08/2012 7:32:50 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

We’re all fat because of electricity.

Seriously.

Take away air conditioning and television and all the automation that electronics provides. Go back to wood stoves and growing our own food.

Mind you, I’m not advocating any of that, but we would, of necessity, be much slimmer.

That layer of insulation that most of us carry around is a product of prosperity.


28 posted on 05/08/2012 7:35:56 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: SoFloFreeper

I was in Sam’s Club the other day. I saw a young mother, child in tow, with a heaped-up basket full of nothing but processed junk and carbohydrates. Bottom line: as long as that’s the kind of food people bring into the house, they will be fat. And there’s nothing else to be done about it.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 7:37:03 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: Texas Eagle
Obviously what we need is more food deserts.

Emily: "How in the name of all that is Holy will setting more desserts in front of fat people solve obesity. Cake? Ice Cream? I mean, what are you ..."
Dan: "Miss Latella ..."
Emily: "Yes?"
Dan: "Deserts, as in hot expanses of sand as far as they eye can see. Not desserts; deserts."
Emily: "Oh, that's different. nevermind."

30 posted on 05/08/2012 7:37:32 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Chen Guangcheng: Gutsy call, Obama /UltraMegaDrippingSarc)
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To: fishtank

Kudos.


31 posted on 05/08/2012 7:39:26 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: netmilsmom

The problem is the government trying to force their typical “one size fits all/lowest common denominator” solution on the American people. We are all built different. I’m 52 years old and weigh only five pounds more than I did when I was 21. My wife shudders when I wear clothes that are 25 years old, but the reason I do is “because I can.” But I don’t expect everyone to be able to do that.

One of the keys is to adapt as you age. I sure don’t live with the same lifestyle as I did when I was 21. Because of cholesterol issues, I gave up cheese and sausage, and eat lots of cholesterol friendly foods. I follow a fairly rigorous physical training regimen focusing on weight training.

In other words, I take care of myself because it’s nobody’s job to do that but mine. I know my body much better than a government bureaucrat ever could.


32 posted on 05/08/2012 7:40:03 AM PDT by henkster (Wanted: Politicians willing to say "No" to people. No experience required.)
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To: Jedidah

Give everyone a Schwinn, and wire their mouthes shut.


33 posted on 05/08/2012 7:45:38 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: pallis

Stop corporatism, its endless subsidies of ADM and sugar, and end food stamps — the problem would quickly away.


34 posted on 05/08/2012 7:46:56 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

What you’ve listed may explain half of why home-schooled kids do so well.


35 posted on 05/08/2012 7:47:25 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: henkster

>>I follow a fairly rigorous physical training regimen focusing on weight training.<<

You got it.
Also, you’re a man. Men are simply able to metabolize better.
God built you to run, God built us to squat over a field and breed.


36 posted on 05/08/2012 7:48:58 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: SoFloFreeper

IOW:

FAT government cures FAT but.


37 posted on 05/08/2012 7:54:19 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: SoFloFreeper

Current ag policy encourages over-production of corn (high fructose corn syrup) and soybeans (vegetable oil), and these crops also yield abundant cheap livestock feed (animal fat). Most people don’t understand - or refuse to acknowledge - that their burgers and sodas are taxpayer subsidized.


38 posted on 05/08/2012 7:58:00 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SoFloFreeper
Obama plans to cure obesity by lowering our wages while the cost of everything soars higher and higher until few can afford enough food to become obese.
39 posted on 05/08/2012 8:05:28 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If Obama stays, our standard of living goes.)
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To: jjotto
Current ag policy encourages over-production of corn (high fructose corn syrup) and soybeans (vegetable oil), and these crops also yield abundant cheap livestock feed (animal fat). Most people don’t understand - or refuse to acknowledge - that their burgers and sodas are taxpayer subsidized.

Dittos. I was going to post something similar. There are corn products in almost every processed food item.

Also, the economy has not gotten so bad that people have stopped eating out. Guaranteed if you're eating out, you're going to eat twice as much as you do at home as you're served huge portions.

Any day of the week, check out your local chain restaurants. They'll be packed with people waiting. I never saw a decline in restaurant business, even in the depths of the recession - at least in my area.

40 posted on 05/08/2012 8:05:41 AM PDT by randita
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To: Vaquero

Sorry that only applies to murdering babies. In all other cases the gubment owns your body.


41 posted on 05/08/2012 8:06:18 AM PDT by Drill Thrawl (The United States of America, a banana republic since 1913)
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To: randita

If you have eaten out lately you will see restaurants are charging more for less.

This is just a sneaky way into regulating private conduct. If they can regulate your healthcare then they can regulate your body.


42 posted on 05/08/2012 8:20:20 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Jedidah
We’re all fat because of electricity. Seriously. Take away air conditioning and television and all the automation that electronics provides. Go back to wood stoves and growing our own food. Mind you, I’m not advocating any of that, but we would, of necessity, be much slimmer. That layer of insulation that most of us carry around is a product of prosperity.
YOU SIR, hit the nail on the head!
I fear though that the obamination would have us all (except for the special few) live like that. It would though, breed a tough people again who might revolt and bring down the pampered butts at the top.

43 posted on 05/08/2012 8:20:35 AM PDT by marychesnutfan
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To: henkster

YES! What you said....


44 posted on 05/08/2012 8:26:15 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Jedidah

Yes...I’m going through pictures of family from the early 1900’s....not a fat person among them.


45 posted on 05/08/2012 8:29:16 AM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
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To: Drill Thrawl
Sorry that only applies to murdering babies. In all other cases the gubment owns your body.

well yeah...that's what they think.....

to me they can go ______ themselves in Macy's window.

46 posted on 05/08/2012 8:30:33 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SoFloFreeper

stop cramming stuff in your mouth.

it’s that easy.


47 posted on 05/08/2012 8:48:20 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009
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To: netmilsmom
AND ignored that there IS an obesity gene.

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Yeah, right.

The "obesity gene" was nowhere to be found two generations ago, but all of a sudden it's prevalent throughout society? That's not how it works. Next thing you'll be telling us is that there is, in fact, a gay gene.

I also never knew that telling overweight people to consume less energy than they burn was "dangerous."

It's no wonder so many people are so confused.

48 posted on 05/08/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: SoFloFreeper

The casual use of “epidemic” bothers me. An epidemic generally describes a disease or infestation that grows exponentially. It arises from sources beyond our control.

Obesity is NOT a disease! It is the result of choices. Choices free men and women are entitled to make. While you can control a disease by eradicating the infectious agent, you can’t control CHOICES the same way. Not without severely compromising individual liberty.


49 posted on 05/08/2012 8:49:13 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: goodnesswins

>>Yes...I’m going through pictures of family from the early 1900’s....not a fat person among them.<<

Is your family Eastern European?
Because when I look at my Grandparent’s wedding photos from 1910, there are chunkers. Not the young people, but the older folk. Especially the women that dropped 12 kids and survived. Fat is not just what you eat.

Take a look at Eskimos from the 1900s, you’ll see overweight people.

The problem in this country is people saying that they have the latest fad diet (one that restricts calories to the point that the metabolism goes into starvation mode) which everyone goes on. Then when they go back to eating like everyone else, they balloon.

Exercise is the key to losing weight. Strength training, not just taking a walk. Not aerobics, not walking. Running or swimming laps (for example) takes real muscle and that’s what you need.


50 posted on 05/08/2012 8:49:37 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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