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Obesity costs set to surge, with U.S. in lead - Lancet studies

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I have two issues with this article. FIrst, I wish researchers would stop using BMI as an index for deciding obesity as it is unfair to muscular, tall people. Think someone said a few years ago 50% of NBA players had BMIs between 25-30 - gimme a break! Second, I don't think people necessarily sought to eat more from the 70s and 80s but some fast-food/restaurant execs figured that providing more food for less money was a way of making more moolah. Think this obesity epidemic has more to due to with COOC (capitalism out of control) than anything else.

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This article makes me proud to be an American! LOL!

it's quite simple, eat real food, stop eating processed carbs (and carbs in general) and sugar

but as i said in another article, Japan is catching up--so many metabo middle aged salarymen around these days. Give it 20 years at this rate.

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Time to bring in a fat tax - or allow skinny people a tax break! this is going to cost tax payers a hell of a lot of money and is rather unfair to those who look after themselves!

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tmarie

Time to bring in a fat tax - or allow skinny people a tax break! this is going to cost tax payers a hell of a lot of money and is rather unfair to those who look after themselves!

Hopefully you would support a tax on smokers, drinkers, mentally ill, actually lets tax anyone with an illness. Maybe we should also have a tax on anorexic people as well as they are all self inflicted and therefore why should you have to support them true

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Think this obesity epidemic has more to due to with COOC (capitalism out of control) than anything else.

You can say that with a smile? Yeah, right, blame it on external forces. Let's forget about self control and common sense.

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Don't disagree with you, Presto, but watching a movie like "Supersize Me" reminded me of how much smaller portions were back in the day. Then (I guess it was in the 80s) things starting growing and getting spiked with fructose, caffeine, sugar, etc...and the American public (generally speaking) got hooked. People have decided to eat like pigs, but there was a conscious effort by food makers and establishments to create that demand. I agree that self-control and common sense have gone out the window, but an environment was created to help make that slope all the more slippery.

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When I returned to the states in '08, I was amazed at how everything was advertised as being better with bacon and cheese. Everything. There was a commercial where a man actually said, and I quote, "Can a man get a bacon latte over here."

I've noticed the people on the east coast are much thinner than the people of Kentucky also.

Saw a woman in Kentucky who was so fat that she went to the all-you-can-eat buffet and couldn't go through the line. She sat at the table (using 2 chairs) and phoned her order in to her daughter who was in line for her. My kids couldn't help but stare. That's some sort of fat.

Taka

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Spidapig,

smokers, drinkers, mentally ill, actually lets tax anyone with an illness

wow! way to throw real diseases and fake ones together...lol. the ultimate cop-out. for the vast majority of the population, obesity and addiction are not illnesses, just tendencies.

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sourpuss

"smokers, drinkers, mentally ill, actually lets tax anyone with an illness" wow! way to throw real diseases and fake ones together...lol. the ultimate cop-out. for the vast majority of the population, obesity and addiction are not illnesses, just tendencies

Typical response. So people who are addicted to things whether they be alcohol, or nicotine, or food you wouldnt consider it to be an illness? Not all obese people are lazy, McDonalds scoffing couch potatoes you realize. The point l was trying to make was that the poster called for a fat tax (or tax breaks for skinny people), l was trying to point out that if you want that then you need taxes on other addictions and illnesses like smoking, drinking, anorexia, the list goes on and on. Or was the original poster merely discriminating against people with larger bodies than theirs?

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Think this obesity epidemic has more to due to with COOC (capitalism out of control) than anything else.

This comment perfectly illustrates how the statists and collectivists and would-be social engineers will seek to use the obesity 'epidemic' as one more reason to interfere, intervene, tax, penalize and thereby control you.

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Spidapig,

Cigarettes are now $15 a pack in NYC. Alcohol also has high taxes. However, fast food and junk food remain cheap. If people are going to eat unhealthy foods that increase the overall cost to the healthcare system, why should they not pay more to support it? Smokers and drinkers already pay high taxes for this reason. Make people pay $5 dollars for candy bars. Perhaps high taxes on junk food, a “fat-tax” will help reduce obesity, as people might actually spend time to cook themselves healthy food. I hate to request high taxes on such foods, but the facts are that obesity is become an endemic problem in the United States not only for the healthcare system but for soon to be 50% of the population whose lives and health will be deteriorated from what is essentially just over consumption

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Blah, blah, blah, blah.

Eat less and exercise more. Problem solved.

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I am thankful I have no chunky cellulite on the back of my legs. That stuff looks horrible.

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And ironically, why is their an ad for Dominoes Pizza Japan right next to this article?

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@Godan

I wish researchers would stop using BMI as an index for deciding obesity as it is unfair to muscular, tall people

This is a case where BMI isn't accurate. But the number of exceptions are so few compared with the hordes of obese people that the results aren't skewed by that much. And let's face it, even without these statistics, anyone can see that people of many countries are getting more and more overweight/obese.

@jpesquire

Perhaps high taxes on junk food, a “fat-tax” will help reduce obesity, as people might actually spend time to cook themselves healthy food.

I completely agree. Smokers and drinkers are already taxed. Hard. I don't see the need to tax anorexics since they aren't causing a significant burden on society for the moment. The moment they do, then tax them, too.

In fact, I think some of the taxes from junk food should help subsidize healthier foods because it costs so much more to eat healthy. At times, I feel like we healthy people get the short end of the stick.

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Mentally ill? No. Smokers and drinkers? Yes. Nice reaction though. Shame people can't see/understand self inflicted illnesses. Why should I pay for a bunch of fat people? I pay more for fresh fruit, veg... Doesn't seem far to tax me for people not being able to control themselves or education themselves about the food choices they make.

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Japangal, you do understand that cellulite is hereditary, right? Skinny supermodels have it. Be thankful you don't but please educate yourself on the matter before making such pathetic comments.

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tmarie

Mentally ill? No. Smokers and drinkers? Yes. Nice reaction though. Shame people can't see/understand self inflicted illnesses.

You do realise that not all fat people are that way because they are couch potatoes that eat junk endlessly. Maybe before throwing everyone in the same basket you should take time to realise that. Or is that too difficult for bigoted people to understand

Why should I pay for a bunch of fat people? I pay more for fresh fruit, veg... Doesn't seem far to tax me for people not being able to control themselves or education themselves about the food choices they make

Yeah thats right all fatties only eat junk dont they? Maybe they should also tax intolerant pains that whine about everything. We could call it a whining tax...

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You do realise that many people do exactly what you do - blame something else for their weight problem. Sure there are fat people due to med and illness but wha is the percentage? Not high. Probably less than 5% and even then I am being nice.

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Just examine the diet and lifestyle of some obese people. They have probably sacrifice their health by eating a diet of packaged , processed, and refined food. Therefore obesity related deaths have increased in some countries second to only tobacco-related deaths. You really are what you eat. If you want to avoid suffering from various complications and disease, you have to learn to change your diet. Incorporate whole grains, vegetables fruits and legumes into the diet while cutting down on your meat products, processed foods, fast-food, high sugar, and high sodium food. Hence it's all about changing your lifestyle, but it's worth making the effort because it may save your life.

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It starts in childhood.

The crap that British and American kids are fed at school lunches has to be seen to be believed.

It's gourmet HELL!

They get strung out on this garbage by the companies that make big profits on it.

Tax the hell out of the fast food companies if you're going to stop it through taxes.

Punishing drug users won't solve the social problem of drug use, but attacking the drug barons and dealers might.

It's horrible to see this addiction spread to Japan.

Young Japanese kids who won't eat fish!

Long lines outside MacDonalds on a Sunday!

Aaaaaaaaaargh!

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