Davos divided on tackling the scourge of obesity

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nose2066 wrote:

This article: “It is hard to get people to eat healthier, but we can get people to walk. All they need is shoes…” There’s a few problems with that. 1. Most shoes are made in the far East these days. And except for a few types of athletic shoes, most shoes that you can find in the stores are uncomfortable to walk-in if you go out for a walk. 2. There are many neighborhoods where it’s not safe to walk around. 3. Walking around outside in the middle of winter is not attractive to a lot of people.

Jan 24, 2013 8:22am EST  --  Report as abuse
gee.la wrote:

To change behavior, all you need is a tool. We humans are the most a-tool-held-in-hand mammals and the best to use tools. to invent the right tool and help people get the control back is our destiny. When the control is back, the balance is back, too.

Jan 24, 2013 9:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
BillDexter wrote:

What a citizen chooses to eat is not any business of the government. If a person chooses to smoke that is not the business of the government. The private insurance industry is not adversely affected by an obesity epidemic. It is, however, adversely affected by government regulations that prevent private insurance from determining for itself how to set premium rates for smokers or obese clients.

Obese persons with related health complications do not cost the government anything more than ‘healthy’ people. Unless the government has set an age limit at which Obamacare is no longer provided and the ‘savings’ kept, nursing home care for healthy 90 year olds is not cheaper than diabetes care for unhealthy 50 year olds. Every premise used by the U.S. government to reduce us from free, self determining citizens to victim/clients of government care is a lie.

Jan 24, 2013 9:13am EST  --  Report as abuse

Davos misses the point,there is no Obesity epidemic and its the tobacco smoking bans that the EU pushed that has EUROPE on the verge of OPEN REBELLION. They created second hand smoke junk science to reinstitute prohibition and its a prohibition on fat people they truly want next!
Cameron is partially seeing the lite and knows the EU is a failed system on the verge of collapse both politically and economically. The end is near and DAVOS might as well get ready to flee!

Jan 24, 2013 6:06pm EST  --  Report as abuse
gee.la wrote:

Science is the new religion.

Jan 24, 2013 7:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jrj906202 wrote:

Here’s an idea.Add a .50 gallon tax on gasoline and use the revenue to build bike lanes and other exercise inducing facilities.

Jan 25, 2013 11:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
deetec wrote:

if smokers and the obese on avg die 5 to 10 years earlier than their contemporaries, don’t these people in fact cost less?
they don’t use as much SS and/or medicare as if hey lived a full term life…..perhaps they even pass before SS and/or medicare benefits are available to them and therefor if they have paid payroll taxes actually provide a net profit for the federal safety net programs, and as far as, private healthcare cost increases to their fellow premium payers, “obamacare” is/will cost these private premiums payers even ever so much more!

Jan 26, 2013 12:19pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Please, what business is it of these fools what people eat or drink or smoke? Is it really taking money out of their pockets? Can they not steal enough to cover it? Elitist control freaks. One minute people are too fat, the next they are complaining about the starving….and the solution is always one that sounds suspiciously like they want to be rid of a large number of those who do not share their financial and social status.

Jan 26, 2013 12:31pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Fredward wrote:

Busybodies. What’s next, required daily consumption of vegetables? Winston Smith style daily exercise in front of a monitor? LEAVE US ALONE.

Jan 26, 2013 12:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
robgrant wrote:

It’s time to cut the crap and get after the food manufacturers. People ate a lot of the same things years ago and didn’t gain weight the way they do now. Just look at the calories on any product you pick up off of the shelf and it’s way out of line with what’s recommended.

Jan 26, 2013 12:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Robert_A_Hahn wrote:

There is something positively offensive about business leaders or even government leaders performing animal husbandry on human beings. “We need healthy workers (and consumers, and taxpayers).” Well, why not round them all up, house them in a barn, and make them eat their spinach? Maybe people in New York City appreciate that sort of thing (they keep electing Bloomberg, who treats them like government livestock), but I’d like to think that most humans aren’t so ready to be kept as pets.

Jan 26, 2013 1:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse

God forbid individual responsibility should taint the arguments.

Jan 26, 2013 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MoeF wrote:

Since our physicians are now free to discussgun control with us & submit the info electronically to our government, perhaps they could submit our height & weight to calculate our Fat Tax!

Jan 26, 2013 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BarackInsane wrote:

Cut out the Bridge Cards for anyone obese. This will end 99% of the problem.

Jan 26, 2013 2:15pm EST  --  Report as abuse
emblanchette wrote:

This is a very interesting article and obesity is and should be of great concern throughout the world. Recently I have stumbled upon a scientist who has done extensive research in the area of obesity and food addiction.
Dr. Nicole Avena has been doing some fascinating research in this area for many years it seems. This may be extremely beneficial to this debate with regards to responsibly reducing the obesity epidemic.

Jan 26, 2013 2:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SpeaktheTruth wrote:

Of course any regulations or ideas that come out of the rich elitist groups will not apply to them…

Please, that would be absurd!

Jan 26, 2013 2:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MrQueue wrote:

It sounds like concentration camps would be a good answer. This IS where it is heading after all, if we continue to allow these elitist fascists rule. They want the population to adhere to their vision of how life is supposed to be—they HATE personal liberty.

Jan 26, 2013 5:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse

So, let fat people and smokers die… How about revolt against paying taxes and let Liberal Progressive Socialists die!

Jan 26, 2013 7:47pm EST  --  Report as abuse

And I’m sure these .001%ers are eating low calorie, low fat, salt free foods, NOT! These cretins spend more on one meal then the average European or American family spend in a week, and I’m not including alcohol in the equation. This is the don’t do as we do, but as we instruct you to do crowd. Gall, arrogance, hubris and elitism are truly
at work in Davos.

Jan 26, 2013 9:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Br-andit wrote:

“scourge”? nothing like using emotion to shove your agenda on others.

Here’s an idea. Make food more affordable. Lettuce right now is $2 a head! If you have a family of more than 3 – a head is about 1 meal. Especially if your kids love salads as mine do.

How about doing away with the STUPID laws in cities that ban and punish (read = fine) people for backyard (or front yard) gardens. Encourage people to grow their own vegetables. Encourage small space gardening and bring back victory gardens. Have more seed exchanges and community gardens. It’s healthier.

What these people want to do is make money off the crisis and control it. Without a crisis they can’t put their sticky, greedy fingers all over it and use it to bully us.

Jan 27, 2013 9:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
samxyz wrote:

Once upon a time if a motorcyclist cracked his head open it had nothing to do with the government and the government did not care. Now, however, there is medicaid, welfare, etc., so now if he splits his head open it may well cost the government money.

So now the government has a stake in his head remaining whole and therefor passes a law saying he must wear a helmet. Having come into your life, the government now runs your life.

Jan 27, 2013 9:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
jeffersonite wrote:

What’s amazing is that a good percentage of the population sees no problem here. People have forgotten what freedom means; what liberty is. The American experiment is in the end-game, thanks to the International Socialists and their propaganda outlets like Reuters.

Jan 27, 2013 12:16pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

I quit smoking close to 5 years ago. Can’t quit eating too in the same lifetime. Outta here, gonna have a cheeseburger.

Jan 27, 2013 12:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OhNoBohica wrote:

Here we go again; Government deciding they know everything about everything, certainly know better than you, and wanting to set rules and regulations to solve a problem they actually know nothing about. There are a whole lot of things that contribute to obesity, it’s not necessarily about eating too much ice cream. We have been told that eggs are bad, salt is bad, saturated fat is bad, sugar is bad. What is bad is our polluted, fluoridated tap water; pesticide & herbicide-ridden genetically modified grains, fruits and vegetables; healthy fats like grass-fed organic butter, coconut and palm oils that contain healthy medium-chain fatty acids that our brains require being replaced by poly & mono-unsaturated fats (long chain fatty acids)that our bodies can’t even absorb; high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar; “diet” chemical sweeteners aspertame and acesulfame potassium that are neuroexcitotoxins (thank you for pointing that out Dr. Russell Blaylock) that the body still thinks is sugar so releases insulin anyway (which turns to fat if not burned.) Please, “do-gooders,” stay out of our lives!

Jan 27, 2013 12:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
yaspar wrote:

Business leaders dine on lobster bisque, pate de foie gras, and caviar, and guzzle Stiltz champagne while complaining about the eating habits of the proletariat.

Jan 27, 2013 1:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JimPell wrote:

How about including the menu of the Davos buffet table?

Jan 27, 2013 1:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Federalist777 wrote:

Why not implant a nana bomb in every new born baby. The when the violate government rules the implant could be activated saving our caring government trillions.

Jan 27, 2013 3:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
DH1 wrote:

One quick question I’ve never seen answered in any article about the numberous Davos Conferences …. who the hell are these people and who authorized them to decide anything for anybody?

Jan 27, 2013 4:57pm EST  --  Report as abuse
minfxbg wrote:

Evidently women flashing their hooters at this collection of imbeciles and retards did nothing to change their cranial-anal view point; perhaps a bunch of fat men showing their man boobs will have some affect.
In the words of Bugs Bunny: “What bunch of maroons; what a bunch of nin-cow-poops.”

Jan 27, 2013 5:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
minfxbg wrote:

Evidently women flashing their hooters at this collection of imbeciles and retards did nothing to change their cranial-anal view point; perhaps a bunch of fat men showing their man boobs will have some affect.
In the words of Bugs Bunny: “What bunch of maroons; what a bunch of nin-cow-poops.”

Jan 27, 2013 5:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
minfxbg wrote:

Evidently women flashing their hooters at this collection of imbeciles and retards did nothing to change their cranial-anal view point; perhaps a bunch of fat men showing their man boobs will have some affect.
In the words of Bugs Bunny: “What bunch of maroons; what a bunch of nin-cow-poops.”

Jan 27, 2013 5:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
minfxbg wrote:

Evidently women flashing their hooters at this collection of imbeciles and retards did nothing to change their cranial-anal view point; perhaps a bunch of fat men showing their man boobs will have some affect.
In the words of Bugs Bunny: “What bunch of maroons; what a bunch of nin-cow-poops.”

Jan 27, 2013 5:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
minfxbg wrote:

The UN, DAVOS, Islam, these are real scourges inflicted upon mankind.

Jan 27, 2013 5:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
minfxbg wrote:

The UN, DAVOS, Islam, these are real scourges inflicted upon mankind.

Jan 27, 2013 5:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
minfxbg wrote:

The UN, DAVOS, Islam, these are real scourges inflicted upon mankind.

Jan 27, 2013 5:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Stupefied wrote:

Davos is an international conference of uber-elite, uber-wealthy, central planners (aka busy bodies). We would all be far better if they spent their time spending their money on hobbies or vacations or charities of their choice. Stop wasting your time meddling in the micro-management of other peoples’ lives. Unless you are working on a cure for cancer (doubtful), we really don’t need to hear from you or want you screwing up more things through senseless, not-well-thought-out government regulation.

Jan 27, 2013 6:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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