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What do you think is the solution to the obesity problem in America?

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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 2, 2012
    • I’ve been reading statistics and it’s staggering. Not only in our country but in countries that have been typically spared from the world’s expanding girth. What is going on? And, what is the solution?

      I just finished reading a book that suggests healthy living vouchers similar to school vouchers that would be used to follow various programs that promote weight management and health. The idea there is choice. Giving people choice along with resources, in the author’s mind, will be the catalyst for change in our world’s obesity epidemic. I’m not so sure I agree but it’s a thought. And then there’s the accountability issue. Who’s going to make sure that it doesn’t become a government program run amok with fraud, wasteful spending and little to no results.  

      As I get ready to go into nursing school, and if you asked me what area of medicine I want to go into following nursing school, for the time being this is where I want to practice. Over the next couple of years I realize my interests may change but this has been a passion of mine for many years.  

      We spend billions every year as a population on weight loss and we keep getting fatter and fatter. It’s obvious that our current methods are not working.

      I think there needs to be a more individualized approach to the whole thing. What works for one doesn’t work for another. I also think that the emotional component behind food, eating and weight hasn’t been covered enough. That’s something I’d like to do some research on.

      I’d love to hear your thoughts.




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      Tuliplady wrote Jun 2, 2012
    • I think education is a BIG part of curing obesity.

      I have friends who know pop is bad for them and they side step the issue by saying “Well, I only have one a day.”

      Well that’s one 16 oz bottle of poison they are pouring in their body because they just don’t know any better.

      The other part of the problem is that people don’t work any more.  How many people still do manual labor?  It’s really, really hard to find anyone who is willing to get out there and sweat to earn a paycheck.   Everyone wants a desk job.  Don’t know what the cure for that is, but it is part of the problem.




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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 2, 2012
    • have you watched the HBO documentary series “Weight of the Nation“?  It discusses just this and you‘re right, it’s staggering!

      education is key-but so is turning off our computers and tv’s, getting up and doing something that requires movement!

      Plus, we need to recognize the difference between eating “normal” sized meals and the obscene amounts that we’ve been coming accustomed too and making excuses!

      My own dh (who is NOT heavy in the least), will tell me that he’s “barely eating” when he’s wolfed down a 1/2 lb burger and fries!  And then get mad b/c I won’t do it.




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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jun 2, 2012
    • We just got back from Costco. Now, I’m not going to bash Costco because in all honesty they have some really healthy choices. Their fruits and vegetables are better priced than anywhere else. I just bought 6 pounds of pears for only $5.00 There were almost a dozen pears in that bag and they were huge. If someone had a couple of kids, mom could split one of those pears with 2 kids and they’d each have a healthy snack at roughly 20 cents each. Not bad. They even have crates of oranges - more than the average family could go through. If neighbors would team up and split some of the large quantity healthy items everyone would save money and get better quality food in the process.




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      Vikki Hall wrote Jun 2, 2012
    • I agree that education is key. but where does the education come from and at what age??? Also the price is key too. We all know that initially eating healthy is more expensive than McDonalds Happy Meal. I say initially because poor eating usually lands you in health troubles and at the Drs. Which can cost a lot of money if you don’t have health benefits.

      Vicious dirty cycle but yes education is key!




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      Nita P wrote Jun 3, 2012
    • education, financial assistance if required, more extensive community run programmes which support those who need it, programmes that are throughout a childs schooling years, good run community programmes for all ages.  affordable to all and flexible enough to be considerate to peoples life circumstances.  a programme that can be longterm if required and has assurance and financial support to continue.  it is worrisome that obesity has become an epidemic.




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      Marya1961 wrote Jun 4, 2012
    • I have investigated this problem over and over.  Demographics, food prices, lack of exercise, computer & television abuse, self-denial, mental and emotional distress...the list goes on.  Honestly, I don’t know how you can change a person’s point of view about how and what they eat, how much they exercise and if they care to change.

      Ask my son, he sees people at the gym who are morbidly obese, they exercise for thirty minutes and the next thing he sees is they are gulping down sugar water.

      You mention education, which is a wonderful idea, but it must come from within to even consider education.  

      Hub and I have been laughed at by people we know because we take care of ourselves, especially the organic eating, but these are people who make good money, but scream about paying an extra couple of dollars for healthy food.

      I am at a loss, Cynthia, either each individual person must realize how important it is to be fit and healthy or they will be the ones eating the Big Macs and dying of diabetes, heart disease, etc...you can take a horse to water, but can’t make it drink...very sad!frown




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      Mzd3 wrote Jun 4, 2012
    • Cure the reasons for the emotional eating...people are stuffing down their feelings




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