Official: Calories not genes cause obesity, but it’s still not your fault

Americans (and especially American women, of which I am one) are obsessed with their weight. Nonetheless, about two-thirds of the US population is overweight or obese. It’s a critical health issue in the nation, which will no doubt put a heavy burden (pun intended) on health care resources stretched thin (ditto) by Obamacare.

However I can now reveal the heretofore secret to combating obesity: EAT LESS.

According to senior natural scientist Deborah Cohen, writing in the Washington Post, “Obesity is usually the consequence of eating too much junk food and consuming portions that are too large.”

Really? I had no idea! You mean if we just stuff less pie in our pie holes we can control our weight? That’s it?

Ah, but according to Cohen, that’s not it at all. We are still not responsible for what goes in our mouths.

Who is? Why evil big business of course! And only the government can save us! Cohen says:

The food industry has developed tens of thousands of products with more calories per bite, as well as new, effective marketing strategies to encourage us to buy and consume more than necessary. We should blame these business practices, which are modifiable, for obesity rather than our genes, which are not.

Yes, blame business practices! I say that EVERY time I tuck into a tub of ice cream. Blast you, Ben and Jerry, for tempting me with Heath Bar crunch! Although it’s my spoon shoveling another scoop into my mouth, I know it’s your money-grubbing fingers clutching it and forcing it in.

Not even supermarkets escape blame. Sure, they have lovely fruit and vegetable aisles, and even Cohen says for the most part it’s not access to healthy food that’s the problem,

People may head to the produce section of their grocery store with the best intentions, only to be confronted by candy at the cash register and chips and soda at the end of aisles.

Somehow all that junk just leaps into my cart at checkout! I weep as it trundles down the automated belt, but I am helpless against a packet of sandwich crèmes.

What is Cohen’s suggestion? Why, government regulation of course! After all, she reasons:

Even with more information about food, extra-large portions and sophisticated marketing messages undermine our ability to limit how much we consume. Consider Americans’ alcohol consumption: Only licensed establishments can sell spirits to people older than 21, and no alcohol can be sold in vending machines. Yet there are very few standards or regulations to protect Americans from overeating.

Yes, that’s right. We just need to expand the nanny-state a couple more notches to regulate what we can and cannot eat.

The last time anyone ever made me eat something I didn’t really want to eat was when I was two. Unless you are being raised for foie gras or veal (both of which are mighty tasty by the way), I truly doubt you are being forced to overeat.

It’s the same old liberal story that nothing is really your fault, and the government needs to protect you from your own gullible stupidity. Well I have a message for the government. Stay the heck out of my refrigerator.

But not according to Cohen, “Education can help, but what’s really needed is regulation — for example, limits on marketing that caters to our addiction to sugar and fat.”

Oh right. Because if we didn’t see any ads on TV for Doritos, we wouldn’t want them anymore. Just like cigarettes and bourbon…

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cnralph
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This is all Bush’s fault.

American At Large
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Damn you GWB. I am gonna give you back my combat related special compensation.

4MeNoRinos
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I know I went to a registered dietician a couple years ago, a 1/2 cup was a serving, Not sure many realize what a serving is. So easy to over eat when your unaware what a serving is .

Robin Kaser
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yes you are right a serving size is MUCH smaller than you think

4MeNoRinos
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I know I was shocked, and it made a huge difference using a half cup and actually measuring out your food.

Cynthia Matthews
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But what we think we know about food may not be the right information. For instance, fat does not make people fat. That’s absolutely true! Without enough fat the body will not absorb vitamins, and fat is also good for blood vessels. . .There ARE studies that show that people on high fat diets have far less heart attacks and strokes. So, there’s some examples. We should have all these know-it-all type rules, people should be free to make their own decisions. Fat free diets and artificial sweeteners are not good!

Shane McMahon
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Certain types of fats….not all fats. Men need a certain amount of saturated fat for testosterone production. Salt is another example of something we need…..but I won’t preach here.

Opinari
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I agree, absolutely! It is true.

Michael John Naretto
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More taxes and more regulations are Liberal Democrats solution to everything.

canucksam
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You just have to look at NYC and see how absolutely stupid the libtards are. We don’t keep soft drinks, chips, etc. in the house but that’s our choice just as it should be the consumer’s choice if they want to buy those things. Last I looked we still have freedom of choice – granted our freedoms are slowly being taken away by the out of control whackjobs.

cpmodem
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Gov’t hasn’t been the solution so far. Just look at the infamous food pyramid. “Six servings of grains per day.” Really? That’s their idea of nutrition? Get rid of the grain and refined foods and the human species would thrive; as their genes have evolved to do.

archangel
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Grains can help a person survive, but not thrive. We are Meat and Fruit eaters. We are primates. Intelligent primates, is all.

Susan Lyons
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Well, some of us are intelligent primates. Then there are obama voters.

archangel
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HAHAHAHA!!!! I have more respect for chimpanzees learning sign language than I do for Obama voters! For any future comments from anybody saying I voted for Romney, stuff it!! I didn’t vote for Might Robme either.

Douglas Moore
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Created to do. Sorry. Couldn’t hep it. Had ta do it. 😉

John Schmalstieg
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You just need to take responsibility for your own actions and don’t blame others.

Kevin Tucker
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Bush’s fault

Shari Peterson
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Ignore the government’s food pyramid for starters. That’s my issue – the government has partnerships with corporations (USDA and Monsanto) and frames its regulation or lack of it based on such partnerships. It’s anti-free market and pro corporation. Government should be completely neutral and as small as possible.

Opinari
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This administration thinks they are smarter than anyone whoever came before. Yet, they keep proving otherwise.

Seems every time you turn around there is a new study and a new excuse for those eating too many calories. Not all of us are obese, some are even skinny.

Eat what you like (hopefully some fruits and vegetable are included), don’t go low-fat or diet drinks or artificial sweeteners, eat smaller portions.

Don’t over eat. I’ve seen people load up plates that would feed a 250 lb. man for children under 10 years of age.

Janet Hix Tagart
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Taking responsibility for what we buy and what we consume is NOT the job of government. What are “they” planning next? Food rationing? Every household will receive a monthly package, based on the size of the family, of “government approved” healthy meals?

Brian Schwatka
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With regret that may be the eventual result. Remember now with us all footing the bill for health care it is a possibility. In Japan now they are measuring wastelines and fining people.

Pam
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At this stage of the game,nothing would surprise me.

Pam
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I have also discovered that since I retired that a lack of exercise is more the culprit than eating. My food intake has declined but my weight has gone up.

But ultimately it is self control that will keep you healthy and fit. You can’t pass a law that will affect that. In fact that is the problem, we have been brainwashed into thinking that everything is someone else fault. Until we realize that the fault lies within ourselves and take responsibility for our actions we are programmed for failure.

brynda50
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Amen!

bart007
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It hasn’t helped that big business farming has sacrificed nutrient rich food for bigger crops that produce food with less nutrients thus leaving people feeling less filled than they would if they had good nutritious food available. Not that I’m blaming it all on them but we have sacrificed so much of our food stock in order to process it down to barely nutritious food people will tend to eat until they feel full.

USNJIMRET
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The amount of nutrients in food has zero to do with people eating to damn much, burning to damn little. A little bit of research will teach one about the caloric value of various foods, learn what you need, and burn more then you take in. It is NOT rocket science.

bart007
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Actually the nutritional value of the food has plenty to do with the way your body responds to your intake. While you can count calories it doesn’t matter to your body if it is not getting the nutrients it needs to function properly. Perhaps a little knowledge of the way the body actually works and the purpose of food in delivering nutrients to vital organs as well as how that plays a role in feeding the body as a whole instead of just believing that it is all about calories would help you understand the importance of food. If it… Read more »
USNJIMRET
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Your body does NOT tell you it is full because you have eaten enough nutrient rich chow!
Also, if someone waits until their body says it is full, they will usually overeat.
I wonder, are you one of those people who make the whole discussion of weight control a “science” issue? With charts, graphs, formulas and enough information overload that most people just roll their eyes and grab another Twinkie?

bart007
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You know just not going to argue with someone who believes one aspect of their world and cannot grasp that we don’t sustain our bodies on calories alone. If this were true then there wouldn’t be a need for vitamins in foods and yes your body does crave those vitamins if it is lacking them. Sorry that science is a foreign concept to you.

USNJIMRET
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Why you would think that “science is a foreign concept” to me, I fail to understand. I put that word, science, in quotes because I was wondering if you were one of those people who believe that you can just take things out of context, claim others said something they didn’t say, and try to sound all educated, worldly and smart by being dismissive. Apparently, that is an accurate assessment. The basic thrust of the article that both of us are commenting on is EAT LESS CHOW! Not about the quality of the food. Not about how well ‘balanced’ it… Read more »
bart007
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People know how to lose weight and yet there is still a problem with not only obesity in the country but a lot of people who are considered a healthy weight who are not necessarily healthy because of the lack of nutritional value in the food that we grow, buy, and consume. Regardless of willpower the quality of the food matters because if you don’t get the nutrients required your body many people will regress in any type of diet because of this. This is why there is a billion dollar industry in dieting with a bigger problem now than… Read more »
Robin Kaser
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shop the perimeter of the store, skip the bakery and deli. Also skip most of the aisles, all that pre made food is not filing but has a lot of calories. The less processed foods you eat the better. Also exercise, and be active.

Jonathan Yaeger
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Weight loss is a matter of increasing your co-efficient of performance, i.e. the amount of calories you expend must exceed those consumed. Exercise is one way to boost metabolism and caloric burn.

The body isn’t stupid; if you consume fewer calories at too rapid a pace, it goes into a “conservation mode” and adjusts internal metabolism accordingly. Effective strategies must take that effect into account.

If government has any valid role in the fight, (and with Obamacare they now have a stake), it is to educate, not mandate. Fat chance of that.

DARLENE
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Oh good, Bush is finally off the hook

Neil J. Rosen
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Food producers provide what their customers want. If people didn’t buy junk food they would stop selling it.

Opinari
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Senior natural scientist Deborah Cohen must be a liberal. Everything wrong is someone else’s fault. Sob, sob, the govt must intervene and make it right…except govt never gets it right. This is just another attempt at convincing us we need govt in order to make decisions for ourselves. Another attempt to lure us into a “nanny” state. Disgusting!

Bans 016
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I think it has a lot to do with the hormones they inject our animals with and what they feed them.

Dee Dunbar
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and food has NO nutritional value so our bodies are always in Starve mode which hoardes fat.

Mark
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Absolutely. My next door neighbor is a pediatrician and not long ago I asked her about a report I had read that girls as your as 8 were now having their periods. She confirmed that she now sees it often. When I asked her why she told me her theory is all of the growth hormone in our meat source. She said that today’s children begin consuming growth hormone from day one through their mothers’ milk. I stopped eating animal products a couple of years ago and the weight simply fell off!!!!! And even better that the weight loss is… Read more »
Susan Lyons
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Growth hormones and the industry adding soy to just about everything. Chickens are omnivores; they have to have a source of protein or they’ll turn cannibalistic. Enter the consumers who feel its terrible to give meat by-products to chickens. So the chicken industry adds soy to the diet and proudly proclaims their chickens are fed an all vegetable diet. The soy can then be found in the eggs and the meat of the chickens. Try finding soy free condiments too. Most mayonnaise is made with soy oil, as well as ketchup. There’s now a greater number of people who develop… Read more »
brynda50
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Glad that works for you…but, the point of the article is accepting personal responsibility for your own health and not blaming it on anyone, especially the companies that produce the foods. What you CHOOSE to put in your mouth is your business, not the government’s to control. For you, meatless diet works well and is your CHOICE. It is not forced on you. I am not a fan of obesity but the government has no business being in the healthcare field to begin with and it certainly should not have the right to choose what we can and cannot eat… Read more »
Blame the FDA!!
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I blame the GOVERNMENT; with the FDA basing EVERYTHING on a 2000 calorie a day diet. You have to eat 2000 calories a day to get all the nutrition you need. Well guess what, 2000 calories supports about 200 pounds! So eat the “standard” 2000 calories to weight 200 pounds – maybe a bit much for a 5′ woman! The dietitian I spoke with told me (and I’m SHORT) to eat AT LEAST 1750 calories per day to stay healthy but I would need to exercise to burn the rest. I gain weight when I eat more than 1200 calories… Read more »
4sailing
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But no there is no blame put to more government regulations and gas prices raising the costs of the healthier food – compare the costs of healthy eating to the junk food. It’s expensive as heck to go organic (yes I know not the only way to eat healthy but the only way to avoid GMO laden food). You’re better off growing your own and doing your own canning and freezing.

Angharadz
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Added advantage to growing your own is that you get the exercise and the fresh air that tending the produce requires… plus of course, you’re busy outside, so not bored in front of TV, reaching for another portion to help you ‘relax.’
No time? I know I, for one, would have a lot more time for tending a garden and, by extension, my own health and well-being, if I spent less time on Facebook, the cell phone and all the rest of our current ‘essential’ timefillers 🙂

itsallgood
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True, I miss my garden and each morning I looked forward to walking out there and checking out the progress of my fruit and veggies. I definitely was more relaxed doing that then going on FB and complaining about the govt!

rdlynn
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Obesity is one problem that Obama and the Democrat/Rhinos will quickly and successfully deal with. When the ration cards are distributed and people are lining up for hours every day at the government stores to get their government sausage, cheese, and bread there will be lots of skinny people. This system has proven to eradicate obesity in every area of the world that has imposed it.

JustanOguy
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Sorry…. but all of the rations being handed out will be garbage food processed by the big food corporations lobbying D.C. for that contract and won’t solve one iota about the obesity problem.

Do you really think that Ice Cream, Candy, Soda and Chips are allowable items to purchase with food stamps because the USDA Doesn’t know that these items are bad for you?

They’re allowable because Kraft, Pepsico, Coca-Cola, General Mills and other big junk food corporations make sure they are not left out through various lobbying / “Political Contribution” contributions known as bribes in the real world.

linedancer2
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You should have seen the thin people back in the 30’s depression! Also, no one was fat in the concentration camps? Wonder why????

Manbehindthecurtain
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Soylent Green! Coming soon to a government center near you! The best of Man Made Food!

Big_Jake
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Was that you who snuck into the plant on the garbage truck?

Manbehindthecurtain
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LOL That wasn’t a garbage truck, that was a new government hearse!

Big_Jake
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Oh, so that’s the reason for all the FEMA body bags. Soylent Green will be coming out in the all new Super Jumbo FEMA Survival size. Five years worth of Soylent Green in the economical FEMA bag, for the post-Apocalyptic refugee family on the run.

Manbehindthecurtain
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Not body bags but food saver jumbo bags.

Frank Plachy
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no more regulations! we have more than is needed NOW!!

Karin Lindholm Hutchinson
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Karin Lindholm Hutchinson

I’ve ate more these past few years because our communist control freaks in Govt stresses me out, therefore my conclusion is it’s Govt’s fault. LOL. Whats the majority Acorn org and SEIU folks excuses? Oh yeah, don’t people who get high just get munchies and eat a bunch of crap?

Leslie
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And just who was in charge of allowing these product ingredients and the harmful productions of them? Oh, that’s right…..our government, as in the FDA. Just like this mess with monsanto and GMO’s, the government teamed up with big corporation to choke out the “little guy” and have nearly succeeded in wiping out every small farmer in the nation, nit to mention change the genetics of the very food we eat that is killing us.

linedancer2
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Wow, you are smart you got it….

PennJim
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Finally…..something the left is NOT claiming, “It’s Bush’s fault”.

linedancer2
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No it’s Lincoln, Washington….they are to blame…

Gwyndolen Boudicca Benghazi Be
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Gwyndolen Boudicca Benghazi Be

The Obama administration has upset me so severely I can’t sleep. So I turned to drinking myself to sleep every night after watching O’Reilly, Hannity ect. I am now overwieght from the thousands of calories I consume in wine daily. I guess the Government is to blame for my choice to drink.

Big_Jake
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No you are.

Kenneth Allen Donaldson
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Kenneth Allen Donaldson

Give poor people food not money to buy food with. We got commodities when I was a kid and we were not fat. They can buy cases of soda with food stamps.

KermitHok
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LOL. If that’s the case, then let’s get rid of all the red state sourced agriculture lobby-pushed food subsidies: sugar, dairy, corn. Now let’s see what happens to prices of all the crappy junk food compared to local fresh food. You guys kill me w/your complete lack of logic. Junk food is CHEAP. Because the red state’s (rural and agriculture) have had their prices supports for decades. THAT is the real issue. Equalize the cost of food by eliminating these, and you’ll see better eating. Oh, and while we are at it, get rid of auto subsidies in the form… Read more »
Jim Mobley
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also a gov. that subsidizes food growers and suppliers that don’t have an actual farm, are actually NOT producing anything has no place trying to regulate the food industry. just sayin.

Andy Z
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I see now all my registration fees fuel taxes are now subsidies for my automobile even when more of my highway trust fund money is going to Public Transit than the highways they are supposed to be for??? Typical Libtard thinking

MV
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Since the libtards were in charge in 2009 – 2010 – why didn’t they fix these things? Maybe because corrupt politicians are in both parties, and there are more stupid ignorant voters that vote for handouts and freebies (and last time I looked – that was more a problem on the side of the Dems. than the Repubs.)

And ‘subsidies’ ….gas taxes cover highways…but the stupid libtard supported rapid transit is heavily subsidized AND extremely inefficient. Without subsidies, the rapid transits would disappear (a good idea!).

linedancer2
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Pretty soon the words Democrate or Republic will be not allowed, because someone will say it’s racist….just saying….

johnrhett
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Red state crops? Since when is Illinois, one of the biggest corn producers, a red state? Iowa, another one of the biggest corn producers, is also blue. Wisconsin, a dairy state, is a blue state. Get your own facts straight before you try to tell other people that they’re stupid. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/2012/

Melanie Southwick Hinkle
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Melanie Southwick Hinkle

There is strong evidence linking obesity to those who are on food assistance programs. I would be all for government regulation that limits a certain percentage of non-nutritious food to anyone on assistance. I help out on a community level bringing those without transportation to-and-from the grocery market. Almost always, the majority of what is purchased, is cheap, sugar coated cereal, white bread, cold-cuts, and potato chips. I rarely witness the purchase of any fresh fruits and vegetables. When suggested, the usual response is “they are too expensive.”

Valerie Ploch
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The Master Gardeners, associated in states with the Agricultural Extension Service, grow vegetables and fruits and do not consume them, but rather donate them to food banks so they are available to the poor! All you have to do is look and you can find!

Big_Jake
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And oddly enough, food assistance programs also funnel sickly people into Government funded Socialized medicine (ACA) making them even more dependent on big government. I call it Social Domestication. Take an animal (any animal) house it, feed it, water it, provide it Vet care, regulate everything going in, out and around the animal and ‘voila’ they become domesticated. They lose the spirit to fend for themselves. The key difference is human beings in America VOTE, and votes empower politicians politically, financially, and socially. Get the picture? They’re just building a bigger corral.

itsallgood
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That part is true; healthy food is generally more expensive. And if you want organic, be prepared to spend way more.

Melanie Southwick Hinkle
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Melanie Southwick Hinkle

Dollar for dollar, a 5 lb bag of potatoes is more cost effective than a bag of chips.

BBS
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Hasn’t the government recently developed a slick marketing campaign designed to make us want to buy lousy healthcare?

Big_Jake
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A government sanctioned MANDATE isn’t slick marketing, it’s tyranny.

linedancer2
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agree, what do we do? We need a hero!

JustanOguy
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Vote Senator Rand Paul. The only potential Presidential candidate that openly speaks out about big Government and understands that it only creates bigger problems when trying to solve problems.

Even the crony Republican establishment doesn’t like him..

The powers to be with the help of the media will be doing everything they can to vilify him when it comes to election time in 2016 because they certainly don’t want people to be able to make their own choice based on facts.

hausding
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I think I am in an adult body, reading about children discussing getting fat…..I can’t fathom the libtards not wanting to take responsibility for anything themselves…..a whole culture of blaming others……….wow. Talk about losers……….fatty, fatty, fatty……..or skinny, skinny, skinny………..geeze, I like me and don’t go around blaming anybody for my lack of success, looks, or performance. Its me, me, me………no one else.

tim
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THIS reminds me of the old joke about if guns kill people the pencils misspell words and spoons make you fat………except now they are taking a joke and making it into fact….typical science, no facts just a bunch of idiots

Big_Jake
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It’s the science of the science of nutrition information manipulation. B-I-G bucks!

RightBeingRight
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Sorry, but this claim has a lot of truth to it. I can’t remember the last time I voted for a democrat…maybe George McGovern back when I was an idiot. But we are inundated with commercials of fortified this and fortified that…why is it fortified if it was originally a whole grain, pure milk, etc.? We have been led to believe all this “healthy” food, which isn’t, will extend our lives, which it won’t. Bottom line? If there is a commercial for it, don’t eat it! Your body has an immune system in it that is meant to keep you… Read more »
linedancer2
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In the old days, we purchased our veggies/pot/rice and meat from the corner grocery store, actually we had our butcher stores that had sawdust on the floor….fresh every day…we had no package food, bags of rice and boxes of tomatoes, apples, etc, our dessert was made by my mom on weekends only, she made her dough from scratch and ingredients from scratch…we drank WHOLE MILK. Then suddenly comes processed food, tons of diseases followed,women had to work so needed easier ways to make dinner, even our dogs are not to eat our food? Wonder why? If it kills our animals… Read more »
Stephen Zeigler
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years ago I worked in the chemical industry….trust me when I tell you…you have only scratched the surface. Some of the chemicals used in household cleaners and preservatives….insane. Ask yourself…what is pure ? You think it’s white, they put chemicals in pure ,clean, products to make it white, because as consumers would you buy or use a yellow looking product which is suppose to be sterile, it was until they bleached it white and add the chemicals to keep it that way.

linedancer2
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My job as a kid at home was to scrub the tub, sink and toilets with ammonia…auggggg, had to pour the powder in run out of the room, take a deep breath go back in the bathroom and start scrubbing, I had to continue that until I was finished….it smelled terrible…now the products creep up on you, they smell better, so we think it can’t harm us….stupid is as stupid does….

john
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When’s the last time someone saw an overweight animal (not birds in food courts that get human food) in the wild. Accountability is hard for humans

pam c
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The government has pushed the food pyramid which is absolutely unhealthy-payed for by the grain industry/lobbyist. Not a care for what is actually good for people. We were told to eat low fat which is also unhealthy. This is when people started getting heavier. Much of the prepared foods have additives that are know to cause addiction. MSG and its many names. Food addictions cause overeating cause weight gain. These addictions have been compared to heroin addictions. Calories are not all the same either. The same calories in a low fat and high carb diet will not net the same… Read more »
Robert Peterson
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It’s the Tea Party’s fault

Jim Mobley
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must be the sweet tea party.

Khris Kringle
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In 2012 I was 5’5″ tall and I weighed around 197 pounds. I decided to go gluten free, sugar free, flour free, junk free, fast food free. All I ate was oatmeal, salad, meat, fresh veggies and fruit, nuts and greek yogurt. It was so easy. I can stand right in front of the Entemann’s cart and it doesn’t leap out and make me buy it. In fact, I have lost my taste for it. I do treat myself once in a while so as not to totally deprive. But we are talking a Ben and Jerrys Dixie cup or… Read more »
JustanOguy
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Good job… also started up the same thing this past November and feel SO much better. Wasn’t in entirely bad shape at 5’10” and 185 when I started but I certainly feel a helluva lot better at 5’10” and 170. Just thinking about garbage and fast food now disgusts me. Tough for me to hit the grocery store and seeing the junk in the carts of fat people. (Yes… in my book the big people with the ice cream, candy, potato chips and soda in their carts I call FAT. People trying to do something and at least choosing healthy… Read more »
linedancer2
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Good job friend. Keep it up…r

Timewarped
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That’s great … and that’s all it takes…garbage in doesn’t always equal garbage out … it tends to turn to fat and stick

Edward Jones
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ummm let me guess….Bush?

linedancer2
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How about Lincoln? or Washington????

Raejean
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I think the FDA needs to force the purveyors of processed food and the restaurant industry to get that caloric information out there and in the consumer’s face. I don’t mean a small-print label on the back where you have to do the math around their fuzzy portion declarations per unit.

msgreat
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Get your fat and lazy ass up off the couch and do it yourself, if you think that would help. It doesn’t take someone paid by the government to make me do what is right for me. You sick liberals……….

Arthur Longeno Pavis Jr
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Arthur Longeno Pavis Jr

I don’t need “Daddy Washington bureaucrat” to tell me what’s best for me. Here we human beings are in the twenty-first century and after existing on this planet for millennia all of a sudden we require “help” on deciding how think and how to live. This government control is not constitutional and it needs to stop! Wake up people! This is not Liberty!

Timewarped
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Hey why not, I bet all those liberal failing news channels and tv programs will lose some more sponsors … who sits around and watches all those crap programs, fat lib-tards.

Stephen Zeigler
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all this time and I thought it was Bush’s fault.

linedancer2
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I thought it was Lincoln’s fault?

hal
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You have to eat a lot less fat to effectively diet and lose weight. Limit fat intake to a very small amount like less than 20 grams a day. It takes 23 calories to convert 100 calories of glucose into body-fat. It takes a about 2-3 calories to convert 100 calories of dietary fat into body fat. Clearly, the body does not like turning carbohydrates into body fat. Carbohydrates give the body easy energy, and are not as calorically dense as fat. The body stores fat first, then usually only burns fat when blood sugar levels are low, which is… Read more »
KyleinCSpring1
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We gain more weight the more we eat and the less we physically do. Simple math and discipline. The government should stay out of it. <

Big_Jake
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Hmmmm… Let me see? Since there doesn’t appear to be any such thing as personal accountability in the Liberal mindset then it must be anyone, anything, anybody and/or everyone BUT YOURSELF. Take your pick… it ain’t you.

Brother Bo
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Maybe with Obama(doesn’t) Care, he could decree that all lard butts be forced to have gastric bypass surgery. That way they would cause less medical bills for the taxpayer…

ldazzle
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Is he gonna start w/moochie?

Valerie Ploch
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You think you’re kidding! We taxpayers are already paying for gastric bypass surgery for many on welfare!

Lobby
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Less medical bills from all the bypasses that are performed? You’re against the ACA yet you would suggest forcing someone to undergo a medical procedure? Look, I don’t neccessarily disagree with the sentiment you are expressing, but cmon.

bart007
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Funny thing is in reading through here I read contradictory statements from everyone on how to lose weight and what to do… Note we have to fortify our food because we have processed it so much that the nutrients are gone

Indigo
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The real problem is this: Our way of growing food has leached important nutrients out of the soil. The soil is poor which in turn makes poor nutritional crops. Then cooking of the food furthers kills more necessary nutrients. So what’s happening is our bodies are STARVING for these necessary nutrients and sending the message, “eat more we are starving.” But the education that is sent to people that are struggling with their weight is much the same as the comments !! Obviously that isn’t helpful otherwise they wouldn’t be such a problem in our country. Eating 51% or your… Read more »
Wyoming Bullrider
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In this article it does not state anything about exercise as well as to eating well. I am 53 years old, I am not over weight nor am I obese. All though I have knee problems and back problems I still get off my butt and get outside and try and do something. Even just try and walk up and down the driveway if there is nothing else to do.. Most people all they do is sit in front of the boob tube all day, or play these stupid games on the internet all day long. Not many people get… Read more »
Valerie Ploch
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AT 5’2″ tall and 154 lbs., you are overweight! I am 5’2″ and weigh 125 lbs and am, at least 5-10 lbs overweight!

ed28
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This is an issue of personal responsibility. Period!

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YUP!

Humzee
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The government pushed the low fat diet on us, thinking it would save us from heart disease. The food producers took this opportunity to flood the market with low-fat food products and vegetable oils. Removing fats from foods left them tasteless so they added in sugar to give them some flavor. So our consumption of sugar, especially fructose in the form of sucrose and HFCS, shot up to 150 per person per year which also directly paralleled our increase in obesity rates. All calories are not created equal. Refined carbohydrates are particularly bad for weight gain because of the way… Read more »