New epidemic: self-indulgence

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You want health care reform?

Lose some weight, people!

The cost of health care is heavy in the news right now, and the only solution being talked about is yet another government-run program (straight from the bureaucrats that brought you the Social Security Administration, which a recent report says has been paying benefits to dead people and denying them to living ones it thinks are dead).

In truth, much of health care's problem is self-inflicted: According to the Trust for America's Health, about 70 percent of health-care costs involve chronic disease -- much of it traceable to obesity (and, no doubt, smoking).

It's the Baby Boom generation leading the way, too: In every state, baby boomers outweigh the older generation.

Boomers were always going to weigh heavy on taxpayers once they retired. But with obesity-related maladies exploding, the burden on the boomers' children will be that much worse.

The children of the Greatest Generation are now the Most Self-Indulgent Generation.

We get all in a tizzy about prospects for a swine flu epidemic. Well, no virus will ever approach the devastation our own self-indulgent behaviors are producing.

Nowhere is it worse than in the South, either. According to a new report from the Trust for America's Health, eight of the 10 fattest states are in the South. Georgia ranks 14th-fattest among adults; South Carolina weighs in at No. 5.

Boomers here are passing the plate to their kids, too: Georgia has the third-highest rate of child obesity in the nation; South Carolina ranks 13th.

What a shameful state of affairs. Boomers' parents and grandparents fought world wars and lived through the Great Depression, then used the sweat of their brows to spend the Soviet Union into ruin in the Cold War. And now their children's biggest challenge seems to be laying off the doughnuts.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/09 - 04:39 am
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While obesity is the symptom,

While obesity is the symptom, are doughnuts really the problem? Could it be the "group mind" concept that has been taught in our schools and on every news report, commercial, and public service message since the early '60s? You know what I mean, nothing is your responsibility, it's the responsibility of the "group" (skin color, height, last name nationality, hair color, parents income, regional residence, etc) you belong to, or the group that assaults the group you belong to, or society's responsibility. You shouldn't be held accountable for your actions if there's a government agency willing to "fix" your current problem, or list of problems. We, as Americans, have been [trained, indoctrinated, brain washed, taught, shown how] to live life without accountability or responsibility. Personal health awareness, including our food intake and body weight, are some of the things we no longer are inclined to be held responsible for. Not all Americans, but a substantial number. This attitude makes us easier to influence and control .... as a group.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/03/09 - 04:45 am
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Were the imperial maternal

Were the imperial maternal government to start a "pro-healthy lifestyle" campaign with the single minded intensity used in the "man made global warming" scam, the national weight and general physical condition in America would improve substantially in the next 10 years. With it, would come a great decrease in the health care expenditures.

xanadu
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xanadu 07/03/09 - 05:06 am
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You both make excellent,

You both make excellent, valid points, but I am afraid America is lost. Too many spoiled, arrogant crybabies today, not enough real men and women to step up to the plate and take on the pioneer mantle. So much easier to go get something 'fixed' after it is 'broken'. Modern medicine gives us modern miracles: diet pills, liposuction, plastic surgery, etc. etc. etc ad nauseum so why does anyone need to take personal responsibility?
And if the government wants to be up our hindquarters about everything and be so 'involved' in our lives, why aren't they getting on to the food manufacturing/processing industry in America? Biggest contributors to the crappy diets most people have, biggest contributors to obesity, heart problems, etc., but no one says a word about that bag of super refined white flour or that box of Froot Loops.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 07/03/09 - 05:57 am
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It's all our own fault and

It's all our own fault and the government wants us to know it.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/03/09 - 06:10 am
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Can we bankrupt our country?
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Can we bankrupt our country? "Yes we can!"

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 07/03/09 - 08:03 am
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You're right, southernguy!

You're right, southernguy! Bush SURE DID IT!

Pu239
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Pu239 07/03/09 - 08:36 am
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And Obama Plans to keep us
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And Obama Plans to keep us there!

SC-LSU-Fan
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SC-LSU-Fan 07/03/09 - 08:43 am
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This is not a Bush/Obama

This is not a Bush/Obama issue. This is a personal issue. The government wants to blame food makers for advertising their junk during childrens TV programs. But these companies aren't sending free food to the kids. The parents are buying it for them. So whose fault is it?? I can't tell you how disgusted I get when I see some overweight 5 year old child walking around the grocery store eating a big bag of Cheetos the parents gave them to keep them quiet. This is the parents personal choice to treat their kids that way, and that is why children are obese. My kids are 5 and 2, and they are both tall and skinny because I don't give them junk all day because it keeps them happy and out of my hair!!

SteveGrekko
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SteveGrekko 07/03/09 - 08:46 am
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Give the Government a break,

Give the Government a break, will ya? How on earth can they fix the problems they created last time unless they have even more money to spend this time? Really, wake up and smell the coffee! Leeches gotta eat, same as buzzards and crows. As far as bankruptcy is concerned, southernguy08, we were past the point of no return before Obama even took office as a Senator. Obamunism just puts the peddle to the metal and really rockets us towards the cliff. The sooner we go over that cliff, the sooner we can try and salvage what's good and dump the rest of the welfare/warfare state.

Grasshopper
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Grasshopper 07/03/09 - 08:48 am
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It is cheaper and faster to

It is cheaper and faster to prepare processed foods, but I believe it is a lack of exercise. Kids today are just not as active. I also noticed people have more phobias of being outdoors, which is strange to me.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/03/09 - 09:03 am
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GA Copperhead.....heh heh

GA Copperhead.....heh heh heh, you wish you could blame it on Bush. Bush left us with a too large, but yet manageable debt. Most of that excess spending was attributable to Democrats who insisted on expanding welfare programs while Bush was trying to finance to wars. The Dems blackmailed him for their votes on the war spending. Obama gets the credit for the next $10 trillion of mostly wasteful welfare spending thinly disguised as a "stimulus" package that we did not need and which is not working. So, you take Bush out of your vocablulary. He is gone and all of what is going on now is squarely on Obama's watch. So when you power bill goes up $1000, gas is $6 a gallon, unemployment is 12%-15%, interests rates are 20%, and there is an additional 15% sales tax on everything, don't even try to say Bush. Practice saying O-B-A-M-A, P-E-L-O-S-I, R-E-I-D. And, oh by the way, EVERYTHING that people screamed and hollered about Bush, Obama has continued the policy...except for stem cell research which I agree with Obama on. He even continued "enhanced interrogations" but made it a presidential decision to use them. GITMO is still open, both wars continue, phone monitoring..everything.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/03/09 - 09:25 am
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The problem isn't

The problem isn't self-indulgence so much as the change in the food supply and the redistribution of the populace into large-to-mammoth cities filled with "suburban" neighborhoods. Virtually everything in a package of "food" contains added salt and or sugar, sometimes unbelievable amounts of it. And, if we could walk to the places we needed to go everyday and didn't have to rely on our cars or public transportation simply to go to school or buy a gallon of milk, we wouldn't be so flabby. Another factor, and it's a really big one, is the level of crime in our streets. Parents don't feel their elementary age children are safe walking around town on their own the way we did as kids. They are watched all the time and if a parent can't be with them, they're stuck indoors. Of course, there are "Y" camps and such, but not for the people who can't afford them. One positive about bad times is it changes the tolerance for crime and creates demand for services closer to peoples homes, as in stores and work sites that are reachable without a car.

jack
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jack 07/03/09 - 09:29 am
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I am surprised SC is only # 5

I am surprised SC is only # 5 on the fat list. since moving to N. Augusta, I have never seen so many fat azzes in my life in such a small town. What makes me want to regurgitate is seeing two grossly obese parents taking their kids (and themselves) for a second or third round at the all you can eat buffets. I forget the name of the company that pays employees to lose weight (decrease in health insurance premiums). I support it 100%. Same for smokers-make'em pay more for their health insurance.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 07/03/09 - 12:57 pm
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The whole obesity thing is a

The whole obesity thing is a supply & demand problem. If you eat right (number of input calories) and exercise right (number of ouput calories) then you will not be obese. So all of these Southern folks eating fried chicken, donuts, fast food burgers, and BBQ/Mexican food need to get to the gym or just start walking in the summer heat. And our new President is not fat, even though he goes to burger joints. That's because he works out on a regular basis. You can't say that about Rushbo, Cheyney, Newt, etc.

Pu239
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Pu239 07/03/09 - 02:02 pm
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So Niko.....What are the fat
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So Niko.....What are the fat yankees eating? Cannoli's?

jack234
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jack234 07/03/09 - 03:00 pm
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Breaking News: Ellie Mae

Breaking News: Ellie Mae Palin resigns as gov. to spend more time with family. HELLO! HELLO!

mad_max
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mad_max 07/03/09 - 10:29 pm
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She will be back in 2012 to

She will be back in 2012 to kick Comrade Bro'bama's arse.

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