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    Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    BBC NEWS | Health | Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    Yeah, does this really surprise anyone?
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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    If its hereditary, I don't blame anyone.

    However, I think being fat, when you can prevent it, is just as bad as smoking. In fact, being obese could run a higher chance of death than smoking, but of course that also depends on how much one smokes.

    Yeah I said it, if you can prevent yourself from being fat, and you become fat, then that sucks for you. This is why I hate it when obese/fat people (who can prevent their condition) say things like "you can't make fun of me for being fat" or "you can't blame me for being fat, this and that, blah blah blah."

    We can accuse people of wrongs when they smoke but not when they are overweight (preventable). That makes no sense. Why is it like this?


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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    So a few years of getting it into peoples psyche's that being fat is as bad as smoking.

    Then making sure they think that fat people are as disgusting as smokers and are as bad and should be shunned and punished for their "habit".

    Then you can easily start raising taxes on fatty foods, or banning them from areas, or denying benefits, or all the other wonderful fun things to let government slide more and more into our lives to make sure that everyone is walking the ol' company line...

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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    So a few years of getting it into peoples psyche's that being fat is as bad as smoking.

    Then making sure they think that fat people are as disgusting as smokers and are as bad and should be shunned and punished for their "habit".

    Then you can easily start raising taxes on fatty foods, or banning them from areas, or denying benefits, or all the other wonderful fun things to let government slide more and more into our lives to make sure that everyone is walking the ol' company line...
    But smoking is not hereditary. The only thing that people can do is promote "health-watching." Smoking is ALWAYS a habit, but being obese is NOT always a habit. This is why putting bans on fatty foods and such makes no sense.


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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    Oddly enough, "hereditary obesity" never reared its ugly head until the few decades when people in the developed world starting sitting on their ass and eating all the time.

    If you eat 4000 calories a day of crap and you don't exercise, then your almost invariably going to end up obese.
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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    Oddly enough, "hereditary obesity" never reared its ugly head until the few decades when people in the developed world starting sitting on their ass and eating all the time.

    If you eat 4000 calories a day of crap and you don't exercise, then your almost invariably going to end up obese.
    Yeah unfortunately, I think, decades of preventable obesity led to hereditary obesity.

    Just going by what my mom (who is a dietitian) learned.


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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy
    But smoking is not hereditary
    That is not entirely true.

    Quote Originally Posted by http://www.apa.org/releases/smoke99.html
    Certain Gene Found to Influence Why People Start Smoking and Why Some Get Addicted and Others Don't
    You also have to look that both are in fact decisions people make. When people blame their obesity on their genetic make up then it is evident that they have failed.
    I have a genetic predisposition to obesity. At one point I was 230 lbs and like 17 years old. Now I am 19 yo, 170 pounds and about 6 foot even.
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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Yeah unfortunately, I think, decades of preventable obesity led to hereditary obesity.

    Just going by what my mom (who is a dietitian) learned.
    We don't evolve that quickly. In fact, our cravings are still largely based on being hunter gatherers (we crave sweets and salt for example because up until 10,000 years ago or so, as hunter gatherers they were in very short supply).

    Now, what you can inherit more or less are bad habits. If you grow up in a home where they eat a bunch of junk and don't exercise, then thats what you know when your grown, but its not genetic, its learned.
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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    I always thought it was worse. Heart disease has been the #1 killer for some time now.
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    Re: Being fat 'is as bad as smoking'

    let's round up all the fatties and throw them into fat camp!
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