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Old 09-18-2011, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I have a swim exercise class with a bunch of 70-80-90 y/o folks. We are all active. There are at least 2 in their 90s that I personally know.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I'm in my early 50s and am in better shape than I was 20 years ago, especially now that I weigh a lot less than I did then. I see no reason not to keep going well after 60.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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fluoride?
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: South Carolina - The Palmetto State
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At least this article does mention (if only passing) of how sedentary our society is today - our machines do the heavy work now.

That plays just as much a role as grians, diet, etc.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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1. Auto dependance: too many of our communities are designed around driving instead of pedestrians. Americans are very lazy when it comes to walking or often do not even have the option.

2. Diet: too much junk food that is easy and cheap to consume.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I hate to even bring this up, but I think it because of the breakdown of the family. If a single parent must be absent to support her kids, then what is the family more likely to eat? Junk and fast food, or a balanced diet?
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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all sorts of reasons....

one research linked the rise of A/C use to weight-gain (I know correlation does not equal causation but the argument was plausible).

other work looked at the income %'age that people spend on 'eating out'. This % has steadily increased over the past 50 years. If you eat out, you generally eat less healthy foods.

so what do we do when eating at home....much of it is pre-packaged food. what ever happened to home cooked meals from primary ingredients.

and let us not forget that we are a nation that prides ourselves on "individual freedom". We hate the thought that someone would regulate our personal choices such as food consumption and deride the thought that commercials and other advertising can "influence" our decision making. we are rational, logical creatures, right?

go tell that to the nearly 100 years of work by researchers, marketers, ad companies, etc, etc that know exactly how to:

1- place products on shelves to get you to buy them
2- create brand loyalty by snagging you young
3- use colors and words to get you to buy something
4- create thoughts, feelings, etc linking you to some emotional experience...to get you to buy something

etc, etc

until we face the hard truths of gov't subsidies for worse food ingredients and that advertising holds massive sway over our decisions....our fatness will get fatter.

then again a 'stick' approach might work. to bad that fat comedian made SWA capitulate.....one good stick approach: deny healthcare coverage to people who are obese and/or overweight and can't pass a basic PT test (yes some overweight people are actually in good shape).
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:28 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Poor diet, plain and simple. I have helped countless people recover from very serious sickness and injury by using modern medicine. However, the plain fact of the matter is that many did not have to endure such harsh treatment. We allow our kids to be fed junk and then complain when they get fat and develop type II diabetes. I recently viewed a show on dateline where the kids were given prozac and other heavy drugs because they were "hyperactive" yet the mother was shown in the next scene giving them Gatorade and junk food... Wake up people. Humans are not supposed to eat processed corn sugar, bleached starch and fruits gown in oil...
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Old 10-02-2011, 08:36 AM
 
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Lack of exercise, plain and simple. And no, there is no such thing as "junk food" or "fast food". Food is food. Period. I eat McDonalds or Burger King at least 3 to 4 times a week, been eating like that since I was a kid, and I am thin as a rail and my doctor says I am an excellent health when I got a full medical physical last year.

Here's the caveat: I've always lived near mass transit, forcing me to walk every day to get/to from school/work. That's like 2 miles walking every day.

Bottom line: sedentary lifestyle is what is getting America fat. And it has nothing to do with the foods we eat.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Lack of exercise, plain and simple. And no, there is no such thing as "junk food" or "fast food". Food is food. Period. I eat McDonalds or Burger King at least 3 to 4 times a week, been eating like that since I was a kid, and I am thin as a rail and my doctor says I am an excellent health when I got a full medical physical last year.

Here's the caveat: I've always lived near mass transit, forcing me to walk every day to get/to from school/work. That's like 2 miles walking every day.

Bottom line: sedentary lifestyle is what is getting America fat. And it has nothing to do with the foods we eat.
lack of exercies...yes

all food is created equal...NO

so you're like the tall skinny guy in Supersize Me that ate McD's every day...it's just like some people who smoke, live til late 90's and never get cancer, heart disease, etc....you're on the tail end of a distribution curve. the majority are not.
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