Blue Cross: Fighting obesity is just a walk in the parking lot

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2012 - 11:27 PM

To promote community health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield is urging mall shoppers not to park too near the entrance.

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BallFourAug. 7, 1210:58 PM

What? A simple, practical approach? Isn't it easier to blame food companies and genetics than to skip the elevator and a second doughnut?

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merkinAug. 7, 1211:11 PM

I generally park wherever I can find a spot, rather than circle around the parking lot looking for the perfect space closest to the entrance. The other day I quipped to the girlfriend (we're 50) that we'll leave the space near the door to the kids who aren't as good a shape as we are.

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mgs5150Aug. 7, 1211:27 PM

Calorie intake is way more important than walking an extra couple feet. That extra few feet probably burns 8 calories. Think how many calories that candy bar you ate today was. Have fun running 8 miles to break even on that candy bar. Stop eating so much period.

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jimmywestoneAug. 8, 12 6:35 AM

Fighting obesity is much easier than people think. Just get a job working landscaping or construction instead of behind a desk. It will make you happier too.

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elind56Aug. 8, 12 6:58 AM

We spend an awful lot of time and money trying to socially engineer the lifestyles of others under the false premise that if all of us lived into our 90's (or longer), we'd somehow save on health care costs. The reality is that obesity and smoking (the two biggies) simply offends the sensibilities of some and they cloak their desire to dictate how others live behind specious arguments based on junk science that claim cost savings if only we were all fit and tobacco was banished from the universe.

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merkinAug. 8, 12 7:03 AM

Amen, Mgs5150. Eat less and exercise more. Any questions? Then see the second sentence and reread it. No diets, no fads, no exercise equipment du jour. Keep it simple, keep it consistent, and eat real food, not processed junk.

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localguyAug. 8, 12 7:09 AM

It's not as simple as just cutting calories. Sure, that's part of it, but what's needed is a lifestyle change. I tipped the scales at a hefty 235 lbs 15 years ago. I changed my diet AND exercise and have maintained sub 190 for over a decade. Studies have shown that increasing exercise can, ironically, decrease your "set point", which is the number of calories that your body craves. Diets fail because you haven't changed your set point and, eventually, self discipline won't hold you back because you still crave too many calories.

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bredpathAug. 8, 12 9:00 AM

"Let's reward ourselves with a little ice cream, since we walked that extra 30 feet to the car." How many people will say this to themselves?

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percyroy12Aug. 8, 12 9:54 AM

mgs5150....really, you must run pretty slow if it takes 8 miles to burn off 200 calories. I can do that in about a 3 mile run easy. But anyway it is not all about calorie intake, if that were the case then McDonalds under 400 calorie menu would be healthy, when most people know anything McDonalds isn't healthy. It is more about eating real, unprocessed food with lean protein and good nutrients and not empty calories. It is not about eating less food but eating the right food. If you eat a lot of food but stay under your calorie limit and eat healthy nutrient,lean protein rich foods there is nothing wrong with eating a lot of food. I lost over 50 lbs doing this. I used to be 5'9 200lbs and am now a healthy 150 and I eat just as much as I did when I was fat, I just eat smarter.

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kingsxmanAug. 8, 1210:08 AM

Eat less and Excersize. Why havent millions of americans thought of that? On that note...Lets just tell the alcoholic to stop drinking. Its that easy right? Our answers for obesity are not as simple as that. We're a society obsessed with food and the food we are giving people now is not very healthy. So many families no longer cook meals. Kids are eating out of boxes. We have food addicts just like we have people addicted to alcohol..except a food addict cant completely abstain. Yes, eat less and excersize is correct..but theres more to it than that.

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