View Poll Results: What do you think we should do about the Obesity Epidemic?

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  • We do nothing. People have the right to live unhealthily.

    48 66.67%
  • Use sin taxes.

    4 5.56%
  • Use regulations.

    1 1.39%
  • Combinations of methods to fight the Obesity Epidemic.

    17 23.61%
  • I don't know.

    2 2.78%
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Thread: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    There is no "obesity epidemic".

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    I think there are a few things that can be done:

    1) Roll SNAP into WIC with SNAP having the same strict restrictions as WIC has (meaning, nothing but the healthiest stuff)
    2) Tax sugary stuff, the tax goes to paying for things such as a states school lunches
    3) End subsidies for things such as corn
    4) Subsidize or put more incentive to farmers to grow healthy vegetables and fruits, as well as make it cheaper for chicken and fish farmers to continue.
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Excuse me ... ... OK.

    When Americans start shedding their 5500 pound SUVs I'll start to worry about how over-weight people effect gas prices. Until then, this article is just funny ... and sad that anyone would fall for it.
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    There is no "obesity epidemic".
    Nice declaritive statement. Now, some support? Reasoning?

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I said nothing of the sort. I can't make anyone exercise though, their choice. Choices have consequences and one such consequence is being mocked for certain grotesqueries.
    In fact, your mockery could be detrimental. Many people, mostly women, overeat from anxiety, which your comments could inflame. Just sayin' ...
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    There is not an easy answer to this. It isn’t a simple matter of lacking willpower. We are expecting people to go against biology. We evolved to eat all the sugar we can. For the vast majority of our existence as humans, sugary foods were not in over abundance. Sugar tastes good to us because it was important to our survival that we consumed as much of it as we could when we came upon it.

    The availability of sugar has changed in recent generations, but our biology hasn’t. This is going to be a much more difficult problem to beat than tobacco use. We aren’t born desiring tobacco. We are asking people to beat a habit that they were born with.

    I don’t know the answer. I don’t know the stats, but my guess would be that most people don’t become obese from eating unprocessed food that they cook at home. Some may, but I am guessing most people become obese from eating cheap, convenient fast food and packaged processed items. Most of those things are high in calories and low in nutrition. I don’t know if extra taxes will solve that problem.

    Something I think would be more effective, yet more intrusive, would be to actually pass laws dictating how much of certain ingredients food manufactures can put in their food. It wouldn’t stop people from making their own food how they want, but it would affect what you could sell to others. But that idea makes me a bit uncomfortable.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    We need federal agents assigned to every American to regulate everything we do!
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by peepnklown View Post
    We need federal agents assigned to every American to regulate everything we do!
    It would provide jobs. Call it a jobs program.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    It would provide jobs. Call it a jobs program.
    Jobs are only useful if they provide production. Having an agent hovering around me is not productive.
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    There are several positive things that can be done to curb obesity and none of them involve regulation or taxation. Most of them will take a generation or more to become effective but we didn't get here overnight and we can't fix it overnight, either. First off, make sure the upcoming generation knows how to eat right and live right, because this isn't just about diet. Second, society as a whole must reject poor ingredients in processed foods. If better ingredients makes them more expensive then so be it, extra taxes not required. Third is about changing societal patterns to bring walking back into our lives. So many people simply don't walk anywhere anymore, other than from a door to a car and vice-versa. We need to change the face of our communities so that parking isn't so convenient and residential is within reasonable walking distance of retail and mass transit. Fourth and the only one that will affect things immediately, calories on menus and continue to support the FDA in keeping food label servings more in line with what people actually eat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcogito View Post
    There is not an easy answer to this. It isnít a simple matter of lacking willpower. We are expecting people to go against biology. We evolved to eat all the sugar we can. For the vast majority of our existence as humans, sugary foods were not in over abundance. Sugar tastes good to us because it was important to our survival that we consumed as much of it as we could when we came upon it.

    The availability of sugar has changed in recent generations, but our biology hasnít. This is going to be a much more difficult problem to beat than tobacco use. We arenít born desiring tobacco. We are asking people to beat a habit that they were born with.
    All too true and, sadly, something few understand.

    There are other significant genetic issues here as well. For example, people with northern ancestry may tend to put on fat in the fall and loose it in spring. This isn't a self-control issue, it's genetics. Their ancestors survived because of the extra insulation in winter. Nothing can be done about this and no amount of social pressure will change it.
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