Obesity remains a public health issue

  • Article by: Washington Post Editorial
  • Updated: August 24, 2013 - 5:56 PM

There have been a few signs recently that obesity might not develop into the spectacular public-health crisis it seemed destined to become. It might just remain a huge public-health crisis.

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goferfanzAug. 24, 13 8:07 PM

This is what worries me when journalists attempt to interpret science and statistical data. What is the likely outcome in the 10 states "without enough data?" This article is about CDC data that only 19 of 53 states and territories reported a (tiny) drop in preschool obesity. That is a HOORAY moment??? Look around when you're walking down a city street or attend an event. It isnt pretty. Actually, we were just laughing this week at a MeTV Rhoda rerun because we all remember Rhoda's sister ongoing gag was that she was "fat." Watch the show now = she looks pretty svelte by today's standards.....

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capsule2Aug. 24, 13 8:19 PM

I sat in my car waiting about 30 minutes for my wife while she got her glasses adjusted outside a medical building. 4 out of 5 people I saw going in or out were in my opinion 40 or more pounds over weight. I'm about 8-10 lbs. overweight and I feel guilty.

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wisebookAug. 25, 13 7:34 AM

Well having just lost 50 pounds to get to my goal weight of 137, I have to say it is a lot harder to take off than it was to put on. I just ran my first marathon and the woman in front of me was wearing a Tshirt her kids had made with a picture of herself 100 pounds ago and beneath it was the line: You will never know until you try...way to go Mom!

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badcopperAug. 25, 13 8:11 AM

There is a general lack of discipline in society. Whether it be food, exercise, education, work ethic. We want it all without having to work for it. We breathe, therefore we deserve.

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borisbadenovAug. 25, 13 9:41 AM

If obesity is such an important issue why did the federal government just approve using food stamps at fast food restaurant? Why are food stamps recipients allowed to buy soft drinks, junk food and unhealthy snacks at grocery stores using our tax dollars?

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pumiceAug. 25, 1310:27 AM

Re: "Why are [SNAP] recipients allowed to buy soft drinks, junk food and unhealthy snacks at grocery stores using our tax dollars?" Because, borisbadenov, our SNAP tax dollar is subsidizing employers who pay at or below 130% of the federal poverty level to 76% of workers with children in their household. Because 16% of SNAP benefits go to disabled persons--the most vulnerable among us--who deserve the dignity of having the occasional unhealthy snack just as you do. Because 9% of SNAP goes to households with senior citizens who have earned the dignity of making food choices.

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capsule2Aug. 25, 1310:28 AM

Why are food stamps recipients allowed to buy soft drinks, junk food and unhealthy snacks at grocery stores using our tax dollars? - Ask the big corporations and the lobbyists and congress people THEY OWN !!!!! Don't blame the poor.

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pumiceAug. 25, 1310:29 AM

Re: "We want it all without having to work for it." Speak for yourself, badcopper.

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borisbadenovAug. 25, 1310:49 AM

capsule2: No one blamed the poor. The government allowed this. To blame the corporations is silly. No one forced the government to allow the poor to buy fast food, junk food, soda and fattening foods with tax dollars.

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borisbadenovAug. 25, 1310:50 AM

"deserve the dignity of having the occasional unhealthy snack just as you do". You think it is an "occasional" unhealthy snack? If that were the case why are so many obese?

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