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Who is responsible for the rise in obesity?
EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-01-24 | Dr. Harold Mandell

Posted on 01/25/2014 8:05:47 PM PST by Armen Hareyan

The catastrophic rise in obesity across the United States and worldwide has been making headlines. Obesity is associated with a myriad of physical and emotional problems which can be life threatening. It appears modern lifestyles with too much junk food and not enough exercise are largely to blame, and yet who is actually responsible for things going this far wherein the overall health of the entire human species is at risk from obesity?

Researchers sought to determine who it is the public perceives of as being most responsible for the rise in obesity, reported the journal Appetite. The researchers also wanted to identify the determinants for such perceptions. They conducted a nationwide survey of 800 U.S. individuals. The respondents were asked in regard to three categories, primarily, somewhat, and not to blame for the rise in obesity, to list the following seven entities:

1: Food manufacturers

2: Grocery stores

3: Restaurants

4: Government policies

5: Farmers

6: Individuals

7: Parents

Eighty percent of the respondents said individuals were primarily to blame for the catastrophic rise in obesity. Parents were noted to be the next-most blameworthy group, with 59% ascribing them primary blame.

Fast food restaurants have been hit with a great deal of the blame for the rise in obesity in the United States, but questions have been raised regarding the validity of this blame, reports College of Aces on Jan. 22, 2014. The research survey, which was conducted by two food economists, has revealed that most people believe that individuals are to blame for their own obesity, not restaurants, grocery stores, farmers, or government policies.

An implication which has arisen from this research is that creating and enforcing public policies to help lower obesity and/or to encourage healthier food choices may not be as effective as policy makers would like to think. Brenna Ellison, a researcher at the University of Illinois, has explained that she and her colleague, Jayson Lusk at Oklahoma State University, have both been interested in the effectiveness of different food policies. However, previous research has shown many of the food policies which are designed to improve food choices, such as requiring calorie information on restaurant menus and taxing sugar-sweetened beverages, do not always produce the results which are intended. Questions have arisen as to why these policies are meeting with failure.

Ellison has said, “Obesity is in the news every day so it would be hard to say that people are unaware of the policy initiatives in place to reduce U.S. obesity rates.” Ellison takes the position that a more likely conclusion is that the beliefs of consumers do not necessarily align themselves with the beliefs of policy makers and public health advocates. We like to think of the United States as an individualistic based society, and so it’s not really surprising that we would put this responsibility for obesity on ourselves.

The online survey used for this survey was administered by Clear Voice Research whose registry of panelists is said to be representative of the U.S. population in terms of socioeconomic characteristics, gender, and region. The survey responders took the position that farmers and grocery stores were relatively blameless for the upsetting rise in obesity. The researchers found that farmers and people who received food stamps were more likely to blame government and farm policy for this problem. The researchers were surprised by this, feeling that opinion would not be expected from people who are benefiting from those policies. However, it appears these individuals may be in the best position to observe the potential harm which some government policies create.

This is an interesting evaluation of the problem of determining who is ultimately responsible for the obesity epidemic. Although it is fair enough to say that individuals should take some of the responsibility for this problem, I also perceive of other factors which should be evaluated in more depth. In particular placing the blame primarily on the individual does not seem fair to me when you give consideration to literal forms of brainwashing by aggressive marketers of junk food and the offering of junk food which is literally addicting.

However, it does make sense for people on food stamps to blame government policies for this serious problem, because most of these people appear to feel strained economic conditions due to government policies have pushed them into the welfare system wherein they can hardly afford to buy as much healthy food as they would like. What we therefore come up with is that the problem of obesity has multidimensional causes, all of which should be taken into account in efforts to deal more effectively with obesity. The problem begins in childhood with childhood obesity being at epidemic levels and needing better intervention, as I have reported upon in a separate article for EmaxHealth.


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KEYWORDS: healthcare; obesity; obesityinusa
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The only way to curb obesity in the United States is to change our lifestyles and improve food quality. How do we do that?
1 posted on 01/25/2014 8:05:48 PM PST by Armen Hareyan
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To: Armen Hareyan

Mostly fat people, I’d guess.


2 posted on 01/25/2014 8:06:25 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Obama fighting obesity with new label laws (by executive order)

http://asspos.blogspot.com/2014/01/obama-fighting-obesity-with-new-label.html


3 posted on 01/25/2014 8:07:10 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Armen Hareyan
Bush's fault.


4 posted on 01/25/2014 8:10:07 PM PST by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don’t believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Armen Hareyan
" It appears modern lifestyles with too much junk food and not enough exercise are largely to blame,"

In a depression economy, people eat what they can afford.
5 posted on 01/25/2014 8:11:00 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Armen Hareyan

Simon bar Sinister?


6 posted on 01/25/2014 8:11:03 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Armen Hareyan

Fat Peeps are responsible for themselves.


7 posted on 01/25/2014 8:11:29 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Armen Hareyan
The only way to curb obesity in the United States is to change our lifestyles...

We are a prosperous nation, a result of our capitalist lifestyle. Give Obama a chance and he'll change that lifestyle. then we will all be skinny as Ethiopians.

8 posted on 01/25/2014 8:11:58 PM PST by RC one
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To: RC one

If you like your fat body...you can keep your fat body.


9 posted on 01/25/2014 8:13:29 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Armen Hareyan

ya cant fix stupid but ya can enable it EBT


10 posted on 01/25/2014 8:13:31 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Armen Hareyan

HFCS


11 posted on 01/25/2014 8:19:11 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: RC one
then we will all be skinny as Ethiopians Kenyans.
12 posted on 01/25/2014 8:22:40 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: clearcarbon

There is some truth to that, and poor people are in a depressed economy most of the time. The wealthy who are fat, do not know how to quit eating the wrong things.

The smaller percentage amount may have either thyroid issues, health issues, or other things affecting weight.

Proteins like meat, etc are more expensive than carbs like bread. Balance and restraint are the key.

I think the man who ate at McDonalds for 90 days and lost weight proved that by his portions and choices.


13 posted on 01/25/2014 8:25:24 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: clearcarbon
" It appears modern lifestyles with too much junk food and not enough exercise are largely to blame,"

And who's to blame for that in children, wait ... its on the tip of my tongue ... I can see it in my mind's eye .... Ummm, OH YES, PARENTS [or in a lot of cases, PARENT] !!!

Go for Mickey D's every night, KFC, pizza, soda, etc.

They'd be better off eating their peas ...

14 posted on 01/25/2014 8:25:37 PM PST by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Armen Hareyan; All

SPOONS !


15 posted on 01/25/2014 8:25:50 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Shut down Monsanto would be a good first start !


16 posted on 01/25/2014 8:26:43 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (I'm not afraid to say what i mean nor should you be afraid of what you know to be true !)
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To: Armen Hareyan
"The catastrophic rise in obesity across the United States and worldwide..."

Who is responsible for the rise in obesity?

Perhaps the War on Poverty? The poor starving wretched masses have been replaced by people who not only have enough to eat, they have a surplus and no need to do the work which used to burn the calories.

Catch 22

/s

(BTW, I have seen people, young & old, starve to death. Believe me, obesity is NOT a "catastrophe".)

17 posted on 01/25/2014 8:28:10 PM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: Armen Hareyan
This is what I don't get...

If Obesity causes people to die young... isn't that a good thing from governments point of view?

I mean... if everyone dies before they are old enough to collect social security and Medicaid ... wouldn't that be a huge savings to the government? and if tons die early from eating a lot... doesn't that just ease the world wide over population problem?

I am not being mean here, but I am just pointing out how weird it is that government the one entity that would actually benefit for people dying earlier is the one most obsessed with fixing the issue.

18 posted on 01/25/2014 8:30:08 PM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Hand to mouth is to blame....

What people choose to put in their mouth, how often, and measure of is determined by the individual. And if they sit in front of their computers hours on end, chomping away at snacks.....well guess what...you are going to put on weight.

People have become furniture.....people eat out, stop and grab something, not realizing if they prepare their own food even that is burning up calories more than a pick up.

If people aren’t “Moving” throughout their day then they will put on weight. Most of the kids today are simply idol...and their parents aren’t far behind them.


19 posted on 01/25/2014 8:31:38 PM PST by caww
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To: Armen Hareyan
We are our own worst enemies. Cut out the starches and carbs, go on a lean and green diet, and watch the pounds melt off. Or get comfortable with high blood pressure and diabetes. Our choice to make.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

20 posted on 01/25/2014 8:31:44 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: Armen Hareyan
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21 posted on 01/25/2014 8:36:57 PM PST by digger48
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To: Armen Hareyan
The people most directly responsible for the modern obesity epidemic are those who promote the use of low fat foods and starvation diets. As the saying goes, you can't fool mother nature; the human body is designed to protect itself from abuses heaped on it.

The catastrophic rise in obesity across the United States and worldwide has been making headlines. Obesity is associated with a myriad of physical and emotional problems which can be life threatening. It appears modern lifestyles with too much junk food and not enough exercise are largely to blame, and yet who is actually responsible for things going this far wherein the overall health of the entire human species is at risk from obesity?

Is this guy a drama queen or what? Hard to believe they would teach such nonsense in medical school.

22 posted on 01/25/2014 8:36:58 PM PST by stormhill
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
Shut down Monsanto

... and in ten years, the earth will be barren.

23 posted on 01/25/2014 8:37:26 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (I forgot what my tagline was supposed to say)
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To: Armen Hareyan
Well, I record everything I want to see and watch later, skipping the commercials (and even on FF some of those breaks can be reeeeeal long!!).

One thing I've noticed is the incredible number of food commercials, mostly restaurants with their beautiful displays of food that look nothing like what you get in the actual restaurant, but also food producers (lunch meats, snacks, breads, etc.). And don't forget the beer and soda commercials!

I tell you, even I start to get a munchie craving after the tenth or twentieth one, and I'd eaten less than 3 hours previously!

24 posted on 01/25/2014 8:41:46 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Armen Hareyan
We have plenty of good food choices.....what do you mean improve food quality? Just do all you're shopping at the grocery store on the outer perimeter to start with.

Learn to cook and do it... is also a good way to improve eating.

'Indudge' yourself in self-control.


25 posted on 01/25/2014 8:43:45 PM PST by caww
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To: Armen Hareyan

26 posted on 01/25/2014 8:46:54 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: ogen hal

I’m not fat, I’m prosperous.


27 posted on 01/25/2014 8:47:14 PM PST by RC one
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To: jeffc

It’s not just the TV.....just drive around town...and you are inundated with fast food, cafe’s, coffee/donut shops, etc...that all call to the less disciplined....


28 posted on 01/25/2014 8:49:32 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Armen Hareyan
I've been doing a lot of research into nutrition and food choices lately. It started as an attempt to get all the required nutrients into one drink, using real foods instead of supplements, but it's sort of grown away from that. Now I'm just trying to find a list of things I could eat to get all those nutrients into one day. It's a lot harder than I expected!

Because of this research, I've been changing my views on what constitutes “healthy”. There are meals that I thought were fattening and low in nutrition (like ham-and-egg scramble) that turned out to be very nutritious, and some meals that I thought were very healthy (like tuna-apple salad) that turned out to have very little nutrition for the amount of calories involved.

I still have yet to find a combination that packs all the micro-nutrients into an amount small enough for my tiny appetite, but the research itself is enlightening. Among other things, I have yet to find a diet plan that takes micro-nutrients into account. I'm curious how much effect those micro-nutrients have on appetite and metabolism?

29 posted on 01/25/2014 8:49:38 PM PST by Ellendra ("Laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt." -Tacitus)
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To: Armen Hareyan
Doctors bear a huge responsibility for increased obesity that most Americans (absolutely including a large percentage of freepers as well) are no longer educated enough to comprehend.

A vast array of ailments that used to be fatal in fairly short order no longer are. But, although no longer fatal as quickly (or curable all together) they leave the patients debilitated as far as capacity to exercise properly and many medications cause water retention. Add to this better wheelchairs, motorized scooters, walkers, etc and you have a whole lot of people who used to be housebound getting out in public.

Another factor is the laziness and generally abysmal scholarship of the drecks who write articles like this one. Generally, they pull their comparisons from photographs and records made from the period between the first world war as one bookend, running through the great depression, then with world war two as the other bookend. This was a time of relative privation in US history, and if you look at crowd scenes from before this period (particularly photographs in major cities) then you see a whole lot of fat people.

Another manufactured crisis, that only the uneducated fall for.

Kind of like the ozone hole.
And anthropomorphic global warming.
And environmental mercury.
And pure water suddenly becoming scarce.

Yawn.

30 posted on 01/25/2014 8:53:25 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Pox
HFCS

POPH. (Perpetually Open Pie Hole).

31 posted on 01/25/2014 8:54:23 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Forks, spoons, knives, cups, straws, plates, and napkins are the cause of obesity. All these items need to be banned.


32 posted on 01/25/2014 8:54:30 PM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Video games are the reason kids are such fat little effers now, because they aren’t outside playing ball or throwing rocks at each other.


33 posted on 01/25/2014 8:54:39 PM PST by Old Yeller
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To: Armen Hareyan
"Eighty percent of the respondents said individuals were primarily to blame for the catastrophic rise in obesity. Parents were noted to be the next-most blameworthy group, with 59% ascribing them primary blame. "

I think those respondents are wrong- while I am a great believer in individual responsibility, people are really forced to a very great extent to feed themselves from the available foods in the supermarkets, guided by the medical profession and the government recommendations, both of which might be less than optimal. Many deficiencies are inherent in the consensus medical prescription for a healthy diet (the abundant portion of grain foods for one example) and the "low-fat" dictates for another. Obesity and diabetes have exploded with the low fat scheme, and grains are not a natural food for dogs or humans.

34 posted on 01/25/2014 8:57:09 PM PST by matthew fuller (Our enemy list- http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/fact-sheets/2004/anti-gun-lobbying-organizations..)
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To: caww
This isn't helping


35 posted on 01/25/2014 8:57:32 PM PST by caww
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To: Armen Hareyan

Technology.


36 posted on 01/25/2014 9:02:04 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: RC one
Some would call this being "Prosperous"..


37 posted on 01/25/2014 9:05:17 PM PST by caww
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To: Old Yeller
That and just how they eat today...this is an average household dinner time...


38 posted on 01/25/2014 9:09:54 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

39 posted on 01/25/2014 9:12:35 PM PST by caww
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To: GeronL
I think sometimes men see themselves differently then they are...


40 posted on 01/25/2014 9:18:33 PM PST by caww
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To: Paladin2

“Fat Peeps are responsible for themselves.”

The Fork did it, aided by the Spoon.

The Spork Weasel, however, is innocent!


41 posted on 01/25/2014 9:19:46 PM PST by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: Armen Hareyan
Eighty percent of the respondents said individuals were primarily to blame for the catastrophic rise in obesity. Parents were noted to be the next-most blameworthy group, with 59% ascribing them primary blame.

80% picked "individuals" first

59% picked "parents" first

Therefore, 139% of respondents think that individuals or parents are most to blame.

100% of surveyors flunked math.

42 posted on 01/25/2014 9:21:42 PM PST by Rocky (The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it. George Orwell)
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To: caww

There’s been a lot of changes to our food supply in the last decade or so that are the causes of *some* health issues. Mr. Peel, for example, is allergic to genetically modified soy — a thing that didn’t exist when he was a kid, and now 90% of the soy produced in the US is genetically modified. Its used as a cheap filler in so many food stuffs. For example, the next time you’re at the market, try looking at the labels for a can of tuna — and see if you can find one without any soy in it at all. It can be a challenge.


43 posted on 01/25/2014 9:23:03 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel (a government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: caww

lol


44 posted on 01/25/2014 9:29:40 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: matthew fuller

45 posted on 01/25/2014 9:31:56 PM PST by caww
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To: Armen Hareyan

The past 10 years I was forced to notice how loaded with salt, fat and MSM most pre-made packaged foods from grocery stores are.

I ate them all the time 20 to 30 years ago, fast food too.

Now I make most of my meals myself so I control whats in them.

Getting old sucks.


46 posted on 01/25/2014 9:33:41 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: goodnesswins
Speaking of the size of people and Tv's...


47 posted on 01/25/2014 9:34:52 PM PST by caww
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48 posted on 01/25/2014 9:36:04 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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49 posted on 01/25/2014 9:40:10 PM PST by caww
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To: caww

HAha....HOW TRUE!


50 posted on 01/25/2014 9:43:17 PM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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