Better eating is a tall order

  • Article by: DANIELA HERNANDEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 10, 2012 - 10:53 PM

For anti-obesity efforts to succeed, experts look to ongoing education rather piecemeal programs.

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jeminyJul. 11, 1211:23 AM

Since when are bananas and oranges locally grown? I thought the farmers market sold locally grown produce. You know, from local farmers.

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kntryboyJul. 11, 1211:29 AM

Our society needs to realize that escalating obesity and diabetes rates are a national crisis, but education appears not to be the answer. These epidemics have arisen in an age of unprecedented knowledge about nutrition. Perhaps the best solutions is through pricing. But not, as proposed in the article, by publicly subsidizing fruit. Just like tobacco is taxed to the gills in this country, and gas has forever been taxed to high heaven in Europe (where vehicles have been far smaller and more fuel efficient than ours for decades), we should consider imposing stiff taxes on unhealthy food, and using the proceeds to medically treat the uninsured and to fund youth sports and food education.

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tbot2000Jul. 11, 1212:53 PM

"I thought farmers market sold locally grown produce" Yup. I go to a Farmer's Market almost every weekend (Mpls, MidTown, Kingfield, StPaul, Bloomington..) and I'd say 90%, if not more, of what I see is grown locally. You should go to one sometime.

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