Poll: Few people know obesity can cause more harm to health than just heart disease, diabetes

  • Article by: LAURAN NEERGAARD and JENNIFER AGIESTA , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 7, 2013 - 3:19 AM
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jimjimjimjimJan. 6, 13 8:07 AM

I guess they will now send people to another re-education camp to teach them the dangers and how to eat.

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u4775Jan. 6, 13 9:21 AM

All the more reason to educate yourself. Now it has come to light having the gut bacteria Enterobactor in your gut can literally cause obesity. Do a search on a Chinese study that proved it.

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kd5757Jan. 6, 13 9:25 AM

Marketing all kinds of unhealthy foods and products to the young and old alike has weakened our nation by causing a myriad of illnesses, skyrocketing our death rates, and decreasing our productivity. If a foreign country had done this to us, we would have declared war on them.

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sfod93Jan. 6, 13 9:58 AM

It's an American right to be obese and demand affordable health care to fight its consequences.

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smarterthanuJan. 6, 1310:03 AM

We keep hearing of the dangers of obesity, but while I'm sure we all know and know of obese people I can't name one who has had a heart attack or cancer. This indicates that while a person's risk may be higher, it is still so low that getting to a "healthy" BMI simply doesn't make much difference to any given individual.

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Cindyr73Jan. 6, 13 7:02 PM

@smarterthanthau: I BEG to differ. My mother, who at 55 was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer, was overweight/obese all her life. She had severe heartburn which led to GERD which then led to the cancer that did kill her. I was also morbidly obese growing up, then changed my diet and work out regularly now, running marathons in fact and almost qualifying for Boston this last time - I also had horrid heartburn until I lost the weight. I never have heartburn now, and so I very strongly believe there is a direct correlation between weight (overweight) and this kind of cancer. This has been borne out by retrospective studies. Do your research before you go saying you don't think overweight can lead to cancer.

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ruphinaJan. 7, 1312:20 AM

Of course, you don't need to be anywhere near as much overweight as either of the two women pictured to get out of being labeled obese by the CDC. And as far as getting to your "ideal" weight, if I dropped all the way to that number, the 1st question my friends and family would ask is "how long do the doctors think you have to live?". Bill G.

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