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Old 08-31-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Just curious; would you think adding a fat tax to all fast food and junk foods would help?

Or restaurants turning away business to severely overweight people?

I know it's probably wrong but was thinking what you all thought about it.
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:50 PM
 
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Tax the heck out of it!!!

And while you're at it tax everyone who eats anything other than the govt. approved bowl of mush. Uncle knows best.
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Old 08-31-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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The government IS Big Brother, and Big Brothers is revealed to you on a screen in your house daily, and he says eat junk until you burst, but take a pill before you stuff yourself so you don't suffer from acid reflux.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Arizona High Desert
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Better to reward people for losing weight with income tax breaks.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:08 PM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Just leave people alone.

The government is NOT in place to run every single little aspect of everybody's daily lives.

If people aren't smart enough to slide away from the trough, they're going to be getting fat anyway - whether it's from going to McDonalds, or taking Little Debbie home.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Jeez. Just let them increase their premiums when they go to buy health or life insurance. Just like with cigs. Leave the government out of it.
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:14 PM
 
Location: southern california
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its just you a spoon and some food not complex.
1 in 3 is obese, 1 in 4 kids is obese.
you must run 10 miles to burn 1000 calories,
you can consume 3000 in 10 minutes in a fast food joint.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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its just you a spoon and some food not complex.
1 in 3 is obese, 1 in 4 kids is obese.
you must run 10 miles to burn 1000 calories,
you can consume 3000 in 10 minutes in a fast food joint.
You've hit on an important point here Huckleberry...one that I always think of when I want to eat another piece of pizza or have another helping of spaghetti.

I think many people think that if you eat a bit more you can just quickly excercise it away....wrong ! A 200 lb man will burn about 106 calories per mile walked at 3.0 mph. Considering that the extra piece of pizza probably has 300 or 400 calories.....you have to walk almost 3 or 4 miles to burn off that one little ol' piece of pizza. Excercise as a weight reducing tool is WAY over emphasized. You're way better off to just cut down on eating by 20 or 25 percent and do a little more excercise just to keep yourself in reasonable shape, or keep eating exactly the same amount and increase your excercise a bit.

When people "throw" themselves into a weight reducing, excercising frenzy it rarely lasts very long due to the fact that they both cut back on eating and excercise like it's going out of style for a few weeks. Your body craves more food when you do excercise more.....so you end up feeling starved the entire time and very soon just give up and stop the whole regimen.

If you want to lose weight.....cut your eating back by 20 or 25 percent and don't add excercise to the mix and just see if you don't end up losing more weight and feeling way less starved all the time. This allows you to continue losing without quiting soon after starting.

Obviously excercise is important to keep your body in shape and your cardio system working effeciently. I am NOT telling you not to excercise....but only explaining how doing both suddenly after a long inactive spell makes weight loss destined for failure.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Eating is a social event. Most of you eat meals with other family members, and/or eat out when and where someone else wants to go. You have to end that lethal cycle, and take control of your own eating. You need to make sensible decisions about what to eat and how much and when, and stop letting other people control your diet.

Once you've done that, throw away all your regular size plates and bowls, and replace them with saucers and cups. And never take seconds. Limit yourself to one snack a day in addition to your three meals, and carefully control that. Stop eating out, and brown bag lunch if you can't go home. This has to become a mindset. Your fat will melt away, even without exercise..

The easiest form of exercise is exercising control over your own diet. You can do that while sitting in a chair.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Sango, TN
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Nope,

If people want to be fat, let them be fat. I'll be happy and healthy, thats my choice.

Less government intervention into personal choice.
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