I agree completely, Josh. However, our federal government doesn't see it that way. They continue to raise taxes to support the lifestyles of others. I don't feel obesity should be labelled a disease simply because once it is, we'll all be responsible for the disability benefits that an obese individual will collect. We all know that's exactly what will happen.
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RealityInTheMOV,whatdifferencedoesitmake The rest of us should have a choice not to have to pay for people that don't take care of themselves through higher insurance for everyone else .
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beaten1 is right. Technology has made life easier and therefore, for some people, it manifests itself in obsity. When you see pictures of peoples from the early 1900's, you never see fat people. They worked hard, ate less and had fewer leisure hours. They were lean and lived shorter lives. There was also no social safety-net. If you didn't work, you didn't eat. More than technology has made us fat. The policies of FDR, LBJ and BHO have done a lot as well.
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With gov't healthcare they will feel it their place to control weight so as to reduce overall healthcare costs. We can't have light bulbs for our own good. This isn't a far fetched thought. How will they do it. Drive up excise taxes on fatty foods, ban sugary drinks? They are doing that now in some states.
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While I continually must watch my weighy, I do not consider myself obese. However, my BMI always indicates that I am. Some skinny guy must have come up with the formula.
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Those of you who say if you want to be obese , and its no one business but your own, really? It does not bother you that people are getting heavier and heavier. There are people who never use the stairs anymore because they can't, and there are illnesses you would probably never get if you weren't obese. I think it's nice to have motivational things you can do not to get there , or if you don't care that we are seem to be really fat nowadays, what about the kids? They often imitate the same eating habits / lack of exercise as their parents . If they were no government information on this, I bet you all would be complaining about that. When we try to work on things to make us better, it's not always a government plot to take over your mind!
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technology made us obese.
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Equal to our success in the wars on drugs and poverty. None of these battles address the problem, only the symptoms.
At first I was ready to agree with everyone saying that it's a choice, and it is, to a degree. No one would choose to be overweight, unhealthy and at risk for an early death. Not consciously anyway. Anyone with a healthy mind and attitude can make that choice, but those who have depression or have had emotional problems in their pasts choose overeating more as an activity or a comfort. The program "Biggest Loser" has proven time and time again that people can lose weight but every time the thing they have to do first is to see what's bothering them and learn to respect and love themselves. (And I've read that our metabolisms don't slow down UNTIL we do, not the other way around.)
As the older I get with my metabolism slowing down, the harder it seems to keep the weight down. The circle of more aches and pains with exercise leads to less exercise with more aches and pains from carrying the extra weight. Hard to win the "Battle of the Bulge". Just trying to fight the good fight.
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I can use my own family as an example. I am the only non-obese member of my immediate family. The reason I'm not obese is because I take the appropriate measures to ensure I'm healthy. I exercise much more than other family members, and I eat much healthier than them.
I CHOOSE this lifestyle. Just like I CHOSE to attend college and make something of myself instead of flipping burgers for a "career".
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Yes, there are numerous factors, but overweight individuals also have the choice to exercise and eat right. Riding around in the motorized carts at WalMart do nothing to help an obese person's condition.
Therefore, it's a CHOICE to be overweight or not. Just like it's a CHOICE to exercise and eat right.
But of course, our government wants to classify it as a disease so they can create a larger government dependency.
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Obesity is a complex problem and not always within the conscious control of the overweight individual.
Obese individuals are ostracized, discriminated against and verbally harassed...why would anyone choose to live under such conditions as this? Being mean, nasty and disparaging to overweight people only makes the problem worse.
If it was truly within the control of the individual, there wouldn't be any obesity problem.
I am not obese, but I do recognize there are multiple factors creating this condition.
I figure it's YOUR CHOICE whether you want to be obese or not. I'm not and don't want to be ..... my choice!
Exactly right. I choose to be at a healthy weight. I choose to keep my children at a healthy weight. However, if I chose to be obese, it's my choice, not the government's.
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Obesity is a personal choice. We are free to weigh in at the number of our choosing.
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