Skip to comments.Obesity fight must shift from personal blame: U.S. panel [Gov't Regulation is their solution]
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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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.
I wonder if the king will let us hunt deer in his forest.
Geez, if this isn’t the classic example of a “solution” looking for a problem...
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?
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.”
Here’s a radical thought: MYOB When did we lose that concept?
—Obesity fight must shift from personal blame—
Actually it should. The focus should shift TO personal RESPONSIBILITY.
We’re all fat because of electricity.
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.
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.
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 ..."
Dan: "Deserts, as in hot expanses of sand as far as they eye can see. Not desserts; deserts."
Emily: "Oh, that's different. nevermind."
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.
Give everyone a Schwinn, and wire their mouthes shut.
Stop corporatism, its endless subsidies of ADM and sugar, and end food stamps — the problem would quickly away.
What you’ve listed may explain half of why home-schooled kids do so well.
>>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.
FAT government cures FAT but.
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.