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

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Yeah, like seatbelt laws.

    Simple solution: if you have a wreck not wearing a seatbelt, the cost of your injuries are your own personal problem and no one else's.

    But no, we have to have seatbelt laws, seatbelt checkpoints where they ask you nosy questions, etc.

    Yeah, the government is gonna save us all.

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    Seat belt laws? I thought you were responding to thread which is about obesity. And I don't think anyone, at least not me, is arguing that the "government is going to save us all." I don't understand why you can't have conversation without hyperbole.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    Nice declaritive statement. Now, some support? Reasoning?
    Look around you, where are all these fat people?

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Look around you, where are all these fat people?
    Hard to tell in a text-only forum. They could be everywhere for all you know.
    There is nothing demonstrably true that religion can provide the world that cannot be achieved more rationally through entirely secular means.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    Look around you, where are all these fat people?
    Yeah, I see a lot of them. Perhaps you should get out more.

    But, you need to support your claim with more than that.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Fine. Simple solution; let everyone pay for their own healthcare in a free market without government intervention or artificial rules disallowing inter-state competition for rates.
    Which means, a good number simply won't get care, let alone quality care.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    And what evidence exists which would suggest that this is possible with regard to obesity? Remember, we're specifically talking about an issue that is caused by people not getting off of their asses and doing something about it.




    When you think about the issue we are talking about, getting people off of their asses and doing something is probably much more difficult than pulling a rabitt out of Newt's ass would be.



    You just said that faith means "sitting back and waiting for it to happen". That is a fake definition for Faith.

    And pretending that I'm being snarky by pointing out that fact is not a very good debate tactic. Of course, making up definitions for words and then pretending that the person you are debating with actually used such an imaginary definition is an even worse debate tactic.
    I'm not sure we're agreed what this was about. I told everyone I once weighted in excess of 350 lbs. At that time not only did I work every day, play racketball, and was politically active, I ran four miles a day and lifted weights. Exactly what part was me not getting off my ass?

    Faith, as you defined it, is wating for others to do it. A belief that it will just happen. Sure, I do believe in people in general, and you may call that faith if you like. But I do not believe in just sitting back and believing they will do. I specifically laid out what I woould support, and what I was willing to do. That isn't faith by your definition. Your definition and attitude seems rather defeatist to me. But, we should explore that elsewhere.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    I seriously don't know why no one else has suggested the whole turn SNAP more into WIC thing. It kills two birds with one stone: Conservatives are able to limit what tax dollars are spent on, liberals can continue helping out the poor with said tax dollars, and within a generation the average weight will surely decline.
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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    I seriously don't know why no one else has suggested the whole turn SNAP more into WIC thing. It kills two birds with one stone: Conservatives are able to limit what tax dollars are spent on, liberals can continue helping out the poor with said tax dollars, and within a generation the average weight will surely decline.
    Odd they want welfare folks to eat healthy, but not school children. Just seems odd to me.

    AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Allow health insurance prices to vary by individual in accordance with their relative risk.

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    Re: The Need for Regulation: Fighting the Obesity Epidemic

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnWOlin View Post
    I seriously don't know why no one else has suggested the whole turn SNAP more into WIC thing. It kills two birds with one stone: Conservatives are able to limit what tax dollars are spent on, liberals can continue helping out the poor with said tax dollars, and within a generation the average weight will surely decline.
    As I understand it, it's not even our intake as much as it is our lethargy. WIC doesn't make you exercise for an hour a day.

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