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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I blame the Obamas.
Which is exactly what we are turning California's once fertile Central Valley into.
It’s dem govmint peoples...Dey made me eat dat BigMac!!!!!!!!
Gee, look at that....just like 'Big Tobacco'...time to tax 'Big Food' to the same levels...ugh
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.
More freedom. Let kids be kids again. Kids have survived childhood now in America for over two centuries without nanny state liberals “protecting” them.
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.
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.
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.
I weigh 360 lbs., and it’s nobody’s fault but mine. No one forced food or cola down my gullet.
Health Nazis must ... go the way of the surf Nazis.
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.
And the Illinois Nazis
In 2007, I lost 53 pounds in five months.
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.
I admitted I was practicing GLUTTONY, and I did what was needed to STOP IT.
>>. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sorry that only applies to murdering babies. In all other cases the gubment owns your body.
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.
YES! What you said....
Yes...I’m going through pictures of family from the early 1900’s....not a fat person among them.
well yeah...that's what they think.....
to me they can go ______ themselves in Macy's window.
stop cramming stuff in your mouth.
it’s that easy.
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.
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.
>>Yes...Im going through pictures of family from the early 1900s....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.
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