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Making healthy choices -- without thinking
CNN.com ^ | October 18, 2012 | Theresa Marteau

Posted on 10/19/2012 7:18:16 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNN) -- Would you be more likely to take the stairs if the elevator doors were slower to close? Would you be more likely to eat healthy foods if the unhealthy selections were harder to reach?

You might -- and you might not even be aware of it.

Humans, as well as other animals, are motivated to conserve energy and have a built-in preference for the shortest or easiest way of doing something over a longer or more difficult way.

Our behavior is guided by two systems: a reflective system, in which we act in a conscious way, working toward goals while aware of our motivations and actions; and an automatic system, in which we act without reflection, responding to our surroundings and performing behaviors we have performed countless times before.

Targeting automatic behaviors could be a key way to fight disease.

Worldwide, more than half of deaths are due to four diseases: cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.

The main causes of those are smoking, overeating, excessive alcohol consumption and a sedentary lifestyle. It's estimated that 75% of diabetes and heart disease cases and 40% of cancers would be prevented by changing the behaviors that cause them.

Past approaches have focused on persuading people of the risks faced by not changing behavior -- not curbing their drinking, for instance, or increasing their physical activity.

But even if the risks are personalized, evidence has shown, such information has little or no impact on behavior.

More intensive behavioral programs, those aimed at weight loss or stopping smoking, are more effective. But their effect is still limited, as only a small proportion of those who might benefit enroll in these programs, and of those who do, only a minority succeed in changing their behavior.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antitobaccoscam; bullystate; environment; health; healthychoices; nannystate; smokingiscool

1 posted on 10/19/2012 7:18:18 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

My daughter was working out at the gym twice a day, but would drive around a parking lot three or four times to park close to the store so she wouldn’t have to walk far. Never understood that logic. LOL


2 posted on 10/19/2012 7:21:45 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No wonder CNN is consistently the “third name in news” . . .


3 posted on 10/19/2012 7:21:45 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: ilovesarah2012

Fitness buff or not, long walks through parking lots are often not particularly safe for women, regardless of time of day.


4 posted on 10/19/2012 7:47:40 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Anybody who would make a choice that CNN disapproves of is obviously stoopid.
5 posted on 10/19/2012 7:52:28 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


6 posted on 10/19/2012 8:01:49 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

While we’re suggesting nanny-state methods of controlling the population, how about banning the use of TV remote controls, forcing viewers to get up off the couch to change the channel.

That way, nobody would ever tune in to CNN.


7 posted on 10/19/2012 8:07:27 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, we’re just brute beasts who shuffle along, bearing toward the path of least resistance—the slower-closing elevator door and all, driving us unthinkingly toward the stairs...


8 posted on 10/19/2012 8:08:42 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

“but would drive around a parking lot three or four times to park close to the store so she wouldn’t have to walk far.”

I love it ! :-)

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9 posted on 10/19/2012 8:15:42 PM PDT by Mears
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To: WXRGina

Funny how CNN is based in Atlanta...as is the CDC .... Centers for Drug Control

These freaking dweebs have been lying to us all for years!


10 posted on 10/19/2012 8:18:45 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I eat healthy foods anyway, so it's no big deal if the government enacts something like this.

(yes, that was '/s')

11 posted on 10/19/2012 8:22:46 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: acapesket
Atlanta, CDC and all that's going on today make me remember Stephen King's novel The Stand.

Boy-howdy, are we close to that kind of scenario!

12 posted on 10/19/2012 8:35:50 PM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I guess they’ve never seen me make scaffolding out of items in my grocery cart in order to reach the last remaining bag of Chili Cheese Fritos on the top shelf at the grocery...


13 posted on 10/19/2012 8:36:09 PM PDT by nodumbblonde ("I'm all for helping the helpless, but I don't give a rat's a** about the clueless." - Dennis Miller)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Worldwide, more than half of deaths are due to four diseases: cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.”

And if we eliminate these four culprits we’ll all die of something else.Do they think we’re fools?

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14 posted on 10/19/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

CNN says I should be dead by now.


15 posted on 10/19/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


16 posted on 10/19/2012 8:52:41 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: ilovesarah2012

Reminds me of something I noticed during a public transit strike. I commuted by bicycle and every morning passed a fitness club in the Financial District that was full of people who would drive downtown early every morning then spend an hour riding stationary bicycles.


17 posted on 10/19/2012 9:40:25 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This sounds like something out of the Cass Sunstein book, Nudge.

I am all in favor of health. I am not in favor of my government forcing me, or nudging me, to do what “they” decide are healthy things.


18 posted on 10/19/2012 9:56:44 PM PDT by generally (Don't be stupid. We have politicians for that.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I still run like I am on active duty, and drink moderately. Healthy enough for me.


19 posted on 10/20/2012 12:31:40 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: Little Pig

That’s very true, but I don’t think it was a safety issue for her.:)


20 posted on 10/20/2012 4:34:48 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: AmericanSamurai
One of the best purchases I've ever made was my recumbant exercise bike. I can set it for anything between short, intense, high resistance, grueling rides, and long, loping endurance workouts, without ever leaving my home, sucking exhaust, dodging cars, stopping for intersections, or any of the other annoyances.

Now, I can workout, get up into my target heart rate and sustain it while listening to my tunes, talk radio, FReeping, etc.

I use to be an avid runner, but over time the pounding on the knees and back started to take their toll. If I had the spare change laying around i'd love to get an endless pool.

21 posted on 10/20/2012 4:53:52 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Squawk 8888

Stationary bicycles don’t get hit by cars.


22 posted on 10/20/2012 4:58:03 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yep, we are simply animals to be herded by our overlords! Sadly, we have FReepers who agree!


23 posted on 10/21/2012 4:03:59 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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