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Obesity fight must shift from personal blame-U.S. panel
Reuters ^ | 5/8/12 | Sharon Begley

Posted on 05/08/2012 11:52:13 AM PDT by EBH

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 Washington-based 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.

"People have heard the advice to eat less and move more for years, and during that time a large number of Americans have become obese," IOM committee member Shiriki Kumanyika of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine told Reuters. "That advice will never be out of date. But when you see the increase in obesity you ask, what changed? And the answer is, the environment. The average person cannot maintain a healthy weight in this obesity-promoting environment."

Shortly after the report was released, the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is funded by restaurant, food and other industries, condemned the IOM as joining forces with the nation's "food nannies."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


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Whoa....there it is folks. All the laws are going to be in place. Look at what they are talking about here!!!!

Glenn Beck wanted to know what the fascination about food is all about....well here it is in all its controlling freakish glory. Somebody get this to Glenn, because control of the food...control of your food...is around the corner.

1 posted on 05/08/2012 11:52:33 AM PDT by EBH
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To: EBH
And Obama Care gives them the power too. Maybe if the Supreme Court had never mentioned Broccoli...
2 posted on 05/08/2012 11:55:46 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: EBH

FReep U Government!!


3 posted on 05/08/2012 11:56:03 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: EBH

Talking about obesity, have you noticed how fat the damn socialist government is getting?


4 posted on 05/08/2012 11:57:35 AM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: EBH
Obesity fight must shift from personal blame-U.S. panel

Yeah, it's bad for fatties self esteem

5 posted on 05/08/2012 11:58:06 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: EBH

I’d sooner see a perhaps 10% discount off of health insurance (and may Obamacare quickly die the death, thank you) for all who walk at least four miles a week. And leave their dadgum hands OFF of our food. Our groceries don’t look any more unhealthy than they did in a less pudgy yesteryear.


6 posted on 05/08/2012 11:58:19 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: EBH

I’m fat so whom do I blame? I know, George W. Bush.


7 posted on 05/08/2012 11:58:51 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

I cannot believe I just read this...talk about Orwellian ?


8 posted on 05/08/2012 12:01:03 PM PDT by EBH (The redistribution of another man's money, does not create wealth for the "greater good.")
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To: EBH
Humans evolved to do hard physical work, and suffer through periodic famines. It was necessary to pack on a few pounds, during times of plenty; in order to survive the inevitable famine.

In today's world, we have machines (largely powered by fossil fuels) to do most of the hard physical work. Modern agricultural technology, combined with modern transportation and food preservation, has largely eliminated famine.

The combined forces of socialists, environmentalists, and nanny-staters will solve the above problems.

9 posted on 05/08/2012 12:01:26 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA (In theory, there's no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.)
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To: EBH

“The average person cannot maintain a healthy weight in this obesity-promoting environment.”

The country will continue to fall into decline until we get to the place were we admit that far too often we use the words I CANNOT instead of the correct phrase which is I DO NOT WANT TO!

Just try it in the following statements and you see why we’re in the shape we’re in (pun intended!)

I CANNOT maintain a healthly weight...
I CANNOT live within my means....
I CANNOT stay faithful to my spouse....
I CANNOT save any money for retirement....
I CANNOT stop viewing pornography on the internet....
I CANNOT teach my children responsibility and discipline...


10 posted on 05/08/2012 12:01:29 PM PDT by VikingMom (I may not know what the future holds but I know who holds the future!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it

This is creepy, very creepy....this takes over the farms and introduces a fat tax....

PS. I walk dogs professionally, about 2.5 total everyday, do I get free health insurance? LOL. Really though I have days where I need those fast carbs. to keep my energy up to keep up with exercising dogs! New tax on my clients!


11 posted on 05/08/2012 12:04:58 PM PDT by EBH (The redistribution of another man's money, does not create wealth for the "greater good.")
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To: EBH

2.5 hours...everyday...2.5 hours...


12 posted on 05/08/2012 12:06:53 PM PDT by EBH (The redistribution of another man's money, does not create wealth for the "greater good.")
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To: EBH

Ill Noise already taxes sodas as nonfoods are taxed. And. That hasn’t even touched the rate of soda consumption (and more illogically and unfairly, it doesn’t make a distinction between diet and sugary drinks).


13 posted on 05/08/2012 12:08:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Mitt! You're going to have to try harder than that to be "severely conservative" my friend.)
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To: EBH

All together now.......

IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S JOB!!!!
IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S JOB!!!!
IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S JOB!!!!
IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S JOB!!!!
IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S JOB!!!!
IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S JOB!!!!
IT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S JOB!!!!


14 posted on 05/08/2012 12:08:26 PM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it will bring tears to eyes. BOR!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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Yes! Yes! Someone else is to blame for my steady diet of bacon cheeseburgers, nachos, pop tarts, and Pepsi.

And I know who. It's the corporations! The corporations are to blame.

Thank goodness the government will now make everything better for me. I trust the government to watch out for my best interests, especially since I'm incapable of doing it for myself.

And please pass the super-sized onion rings before the government declares them illegal.

15 posted on 05/08/2012 12:10:24 PM PDT by mojito
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To: EBH

478 pages? Talk about a bunch of useless eaters!


16 posted on 05/08/2012 12:10:41 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

Obama’s going to lose the fat vote


17 posted on 05/08/2012 12:12:44 PM PDT by molson209
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To: mojito
Experience has shown that when businesses offer consumers a full range of choices - and especially when the healthy option is the default - many customers will opt for salads over deep-fried everything.

Default option....do they mean only option?

18 posted on 05/08/2012 12:13:46 PM PDT by EBH (The redistribution of another man's money, does not create wealth for the "greater good.")
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To: EBH

I wonder what the left’s response would be if a similar 478-page report started out with the word “AIDS” instead of “obesity”?


19 posted on 05/08/2012 12:14:26 PM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: EBH

The obese are a problem, and the obese are a voting block. What to do? I’ve got it! We’ll just say it isn’t their fault and that there’s a “smartest-guy-in-the-room” government solution for making Jabba-the-Hut look like Matt Damon! Now the fatties won’t be mad, and we are looking like we are doing something. In fact, we can grab more power and money while we’re at it. Whee!


20 posted on 05/08/2012 12:14:41 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: VikingMom

“I CANNOT maintain a healthly weight...
I CANNOT live within my means....
I CANNOT stay faithful to my spouse....
I CANNOT save any money for retirement....
I CANNOT stop viewing pornography on the internet....
I CANNOT teach my children responsibility and discipline...”

We’re all helpless worms in need of cradle to grave care, apparently.


21 posted on 05/08/2012 12:15:42 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: EBH

The obese are a problem, and the obese are a voting block. What to do? I’ve got it! We’ll just say it isn’t their fault and that there’s a “smartest-guy-in-the-room” government solution for making Jabba-the-Hut look like Matt Damon! Now the fatties won’t be mad, and we are looking like we are doing something. In fact, we can grab more power and money while we’re at it. Whee!


22 posted on 05/08/2012 12:16:31 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: EBH
I have wanted to write a weight loss book for quite a while. It seems too short to publish, so I will post it here for free:

If calories consumed > calories burned weight gain will occur. If calories consumed < calories burned weight loss will occur. If calories consumed = calories burned neither gain nor loss of weight will occur.

23 posted on 05/08/2012 12:18:38 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: EBH

SO why don’t they just ban the sale of fat foods to fat people, just like alcohol/tobacco can’t be sold to minors.


24 posted on 05/08/2012 12:19:53 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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Quick! Everyone stockpile the Twinkies!

Seriously, this is just yet another infuriating power grab! Obesity may kill ya? Well here’s news! You gotta die of something.


25 posted on 05/08/2012 12:19:59 PM PDT by Casie
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To: EBH

Since the .gov is ready to jump on the blame game, how about dishing out a healthy portion of the blame to the USDA (government) food pyramid?

That is a sure recipe for diabetes and obesity...

(have they replaced it with a ‘plate’ or something lately?)


26 posted on 05/08/2012 12:27:15 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: EBH

Beck already knows.
Within the next week or two he will have another “bakery show” to prove it.

I love those!


27 posted on 05/08/2012 12:27:40 PM 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: EBH
Shortly after the report was released, the Center for Consumer Freedom, which is funded by restaurant, food and other industries, condemned the IOM as joining forces with the nation's "food nannies."

However, the IoM is not some beknighted group working in white lab coats fro your benefit. Read here.

Some quotes:

In falsely reporting this study from the IoM, however, the old media reporters never bothered to even read the adverse reactions report. Nor did they ask a few simple questions such as "Who is funding the Institute of Medicine? And what is the agenda of the IoM?"

Today, NaturalNews publishes a stunning story about the IoM which reveals this government-created non-profit to be a key player in the military medical complex involving a shady network of weapons manufacturers, the Department of Homeland Security, top pharmaceutical companies and population control globalists such as Bill Gates. Here, we expose who's giving the IoM money and why the actual sources of funding behind the IoM destroy any credibility it once claimed to have on the subject of public health.

Even the Washington Legal Foundation (http://www.wlf.org), a group that advocates free choice in health care (and personal freedom in general), charged that the FDA could not legally accept recommendations from the Institute of Medicine because the committee members put forth by the IoM did not meet the lawful requirement of being "fairly balanced."

"Using advice from a committee that lacks fair balance encroaches upon Congress' mandate that each Advisory Committee should be representative of a broad range of viewpoints and should include affected individuals," said WLF Chief Counsel Richard Samp after filing WLF's Citizen Petition. (http://www.policymed.com/2011/07/institute-of-medicine-fda-510k-advis...)

28 posted on 05/08/2012 12:33:36 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Jim Robinson

Government subsidizes the corn growers. Boom! High fructose corn syrup in everything because it’s so cheap.

Government FDA puts out guidelines for diet that are High Carb, low fat (the same diet given to cattle before slaughter to fatten them up) Boom! Everyone gets fat.

Government listens to lobbyists from Weight Watchers, Slim Fast and others in the weight loss industry. Boom! Herbs that speed up the metabolism are taken off the market.

Government refuses to enact tort reform so doctors are scared to death to prescribe anything proven to help people lose weight because they might get sued out of existence. Boom! People become grossly obese and are turning to surgery to help.

So the government has to fix the problem they created. Nice.


29 posted on 05/08/2012 12:36:02 PM 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: EBH
If this was calculated on a measure of body fat rather than the stupid BMI, I might be more inclined to believe there is a problem. As for the heroin chic purveyors of that nonsense, I have never been less than "overweight" because of muscle and bone mass.

Now, I may have a little 'reserve' (most of which will be gone by summer's end), but can still lift over 100 lbs and walk away with it. Not bad for a great-grandpa.

Get between an old dog and his dinner dish, and you might get bit.

30 posted on 05/08/2012 12:37:14 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Persevero

“We’re all helpless worms in need of cradle to grave care, apparently.”

Absolutely! Since the public schools and universities have been pushing the psychobabble drek ....these are your emotions, they have control, there is nothing you can do about it, you are helpless, everything is going to be ok...

instead of

You, as a human have volition, the capacity to decide. Decisions have consequences, so gather as much information as you can, and make good ones. If you make bad ones it is your responsibility to make things right, no one else’s. You are not the content of your emotions, but the content of your character, and you are responsible for the content of your soul!

It is NOT the government’s job!


31 posted on 05/08/2012 12:37:29 PM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it will bring tears to eyes. BOR!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Zeppo

Ding, ding, ding!

We have a winner!


32 posted on 05/08/2012 12:39:43 PM 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: EBH

scroo the “influential Institute of Medicine”


33 posted on 05/08/2012 12:54:55 PM PDT by 4buttons
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To: ConservaTexan

In a very general way, your thinking is correct, but it’s more complicated than that because calories are not a measure of weight.


34 posted on 05/08/2012 12:59:32 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: EBH

This is a prime example of why people HAVE to get government out of these personal (albeit stupid) choices.

Government is responsible for both the smoking issue and the obestiy issue.

There is proof now that the obesity rate has risen in direct inverse proportion to the number of smokers who have quit.

Smoking curbs appetite, and also ups metabolism. Quit smoking, you start eating.

Government getting in people’s lives to get them quitting smoking just made them get fatter.

Now government wants to meddle into the problem they created - obesity increases - and start dictating changes again.

It is time to tell the govt to STFU and GTFO of micromanaging aspects of our lives they have NO RIGHT to be mucking in. Back to the fed govt of 1800. Seriously. Weak federal government. Strong state government.


35 posted on 05/08/2012 1:05:42 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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How Propaganda Is Done, lesson 417:

Price-support programs for wheat, cotton and other commodity crops prohibit participating farmers from planting fruits and vegetables on land enrolled in those programs. Partly as a result, U.S. farms do not produce enough fresh produce for all Americans to eat the recommended amounts, and the IOM panel calls for removing that ban.

I am not a fan of farm subsidies, but this is deliberate mischaracterization. These do not prohibit farmers from growing anything, they merely make it more profitable to grow certain things. There is no "ban" to be removed.

The average person cannot maintain a healthy weight in this obesity-promoting environment.

That would be news to the 66% - I'm using the article's numbers - who manage it quite nicely at the present time. However, through the illimitable power of linear extrapolation that figure may dwindle to a mere 58% of the population by 2030, who may find some sort of niggling objection to a program that places the government in charge of a personal problem that does not exist. One is accustomed to those in need of a self-discipline to appeal for help to a higher Power but not to those in no need having the appeal made for them to the government, however godlike its constituent pressure groups feel themselves.

36 posted on 05/08/2012 1:16:03 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Secret Agent Man

They really start it doing here in State of CA they got annoying commerical called for California for change show moms lecture about eating healthier

It is true they saying they are annoying busy bodies

http://www.cachampionsforchange.cdph.ca.gov/en/MyKitchen.php


37 posted on 05/08/2012 1:19:32 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Secret Agent Man

They really start it doing here in State of CA they got annoying commerical called for California for change show moms lecture about eating healthier

It is true they saying they are annoying busy bodies

http://www.cachampionsforchange.cdph.ca.gov/en/MyKitchen.php


38 posted on 05/08/2012 1:19:54 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Zeppo

One professor in school said the the US food pyramid was upside down. He said it was modeled on something a Russian doctor made. The low fat craze actually started the fat revolution.


39 posted on 05/08/2012 1:23:46 PM PDT by USAF80
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To: EBH

The Institute of Medicine is the “objective, scientific, fact-based” group that decided hormonal contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion are “preventive care” for women.

They’re straight from Hell.


40 posted on 05/08/2012 1:28:38 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Skip the election and let Thomas Sowell choose the next President.)
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To: USAF80
Didn't the feminazi's have a saying: "Keep your hands off my body."? Well, can "they" keep their hands off my food?

The FFA (Future Farmers of America) actively encourages the youth to aim to work for Monsanto - site visits, the works. Gotta love that.

Can we get GMO labelling laws -- seriously, it's just information and words added to a label, but we can't get that done. Instead, set up life control rules for the populace, eh?

I want the FREEDOM to say no to The Twinkie, or to say yes to The Twinkie. The Food Modernization and Safety Act, anyone? That's already been passed, by the way.

Yamamoto, if he would have thought about it for a few minutes more, could've added to his famous quote about Americans and their tools behind every blade of grass -- that Americans would trade those tools for food if they were left with only grass to eat. You don't think Ayers et al. have thought about this?

41 posted on 05/08/2012 1:34:50 PM PDT by elk
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To: EBH
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.

These idiots could not fix anything. Fixing things requires intelligence and problem solving skills.
42 posted on 05/08/2012 1:56:12 PM PDT by microgood
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To: EBH; All

We’ve heavily subsidized corn since the 70’s, which wouldn’t make money without government assistance. That corn is used to make corn fructose (a form of sugar), which is nearly in everything...SO YES, this has to be addressed.

To act like there is no problem and that it’s all personal chose is silly. But I’m not for extra taxes....I’m just against government funds pushing bad food.


43 posted on 05/08/2012 1:56:19 PM PDT by Rick_Michael ( 'REAL' Conservatives who witch hunt their own, are no better than Obama.)
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To: EBH
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.

If you think this whole effort is about 'obesity' (or 'global warming is about 'global warming') think again.

Saying this is 'unbelievable' just does not touch the insanity; the sickness for power over another; these people have. It is 'their life' and they cannot be happy (not that they EVER are) unless they can claim yours.

Liberalism is worse than a killer epidemic; and should be treated as one.

If Repubs started distinguishing themselves from these sicko policies; they could win any election; and in a heartbeat.

44 posted on 05/08/2012 2:08:35 PM PDT by cricket (Calling Marco Rubio; Allen West. . .because they are NOT afraid. And neither was/is Newt. . .)
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To: netmilsmom

You nailed it...


45 posted on 05/08/2012 2:38:48 PM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: ConservaTexan

Too complicated. :)


46 posted on 05/08/2012 3:01:37 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: dagogo redux; ConservaTexan

I don’t see your point. It really is no more complicated than ConservaTexan says. If you consume less calories than your body burns, your weight will go down - period. If you consume more calories than your body burns, your weight will go up. I laugh at all the people that come up with these elaborate schemes to mix this and that in some combination of fat grams, protein grams, carbs etc. I am not talking about health, just the caloric principles.


47 posted on 05/08/2012 3:42:53 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: EBH; Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; ...

Some interesting recommendations in there.

Nanny State PING!


48 posted on 05/08/2012 7:11:36 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: EBH

“Personal blame.” Nice.

The intended shift, of course, is from personal responsibility to government control. I wonder if any liberals will experience a dim sense of uneasiness when Big Sister tells them what they can and can’t have for breakfast.


49 posted on 05/08/2012 7:22:34 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Well someone has to replace the tax on tobacco as more and more people quit the habit.

Who is going to pay for all the children’s programs that tobacco taxes were supposed to fund?

NC has a soda tax too.


50 posted on 05/08/2012 8:01:52 PM PDT by zaxtres
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