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The Issue: Should the government take on a more active role in the fight against obesity? Or is the battle against obesity first and foremost a matter of personal responsibility?

Supporters of a government role say only a strong government action can neutralize the influence of the food industry in determining what americans eat. Government programs to fight obesity thus far have not been enough to stem the dramatic rise of obesity and obesity-related diseases among americans.

Critics of a government role say individuals rather than the government should be the focal point of the country's anti-obesity agenda. Recent policy proposals aimed at curbing obesity should be opposed because they take away consumer choice and place the blame on the food industry rather than on people, who have the final say in what they eat.

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I think that people are in control of their own bodies... we know when we are in pain, we know when were happy and suffer loss. Therefor I think it more than stands to reason, if we start gaining weight to back off from certain foods. We cant place blame on the food industry... they dont make us eat cheese burgers, fries... oreos. We make that decission.

I remember when a group of parents set out to take down a fast food chain, because, their children became over weight by eating in their establishment. well Im sorry, I believe thats the parents fault... they should have stepped up and said, no you dont need that or eat this... it seems to that people love to blame shift. And its happening all too often anymore.

I say let the government stick with the things they need to... and let it be at that... people need to take responsibility for what they place in their bodies.

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Entirely up to the individual.

The government can't do a thing to stop a person from eating what and how much of what they want. Over here I heard not long ago they made some larger snacks (like chocolate bars) smaller, they were even thinking of increasing the price of some items too.

Over here, people are getting over weight alot more. America always shocks me though on how many people there are over weight and it just shows what a "big" country they are.

Personally, I believe if your health is at risk (which it obviously is if your over weight) then you should sort your diet out. It's the same with smoking, smoking damages yourself but people still do it. And people are still going to eat alot more. If they care about their body and their health they should take the best course of action. :ryewy:

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I absolutely agree with the other posters...it is definitely an individual item to be concerned with. It ALL boils down to self control. We either allow things such as food to control us or we control it. Not one person on the face of this planet who is healthy and normal is without the ability to determine healthy boundaries, limits and choices in all aspects of life. However, we're all tempted...by the way...anyone up for some chocolate ice cream? It's mad hot here and that sounds good! *LOL* :ryewy:

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The War on Drugs went so well why not throw more money away. :jutrj:

Seriously though a bunch of govt. paid comericals and bumper sticker telling people what they already know isn't going to change anything. If that is all it takes then there wouldn't be a tobacco industry.

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There needs to be more criticism from the pop culture. In Europe there isn't a problem. Why? Because of their mentality. Europeans are a lot smarter than Americans and they have culture and they are simply logical. I'd say that if you become obese then hey, you're screwed. Oh yeah. Politicaly correct statements. THink about it. In Italy, if you're a fat child, your schoolfriends will make fun of you. It happens. So what do you do? Then next time you reach for a donut, you stop and think. But with everyone here bending over backwards so they don't hurt feelings nothing gets to people. The truth hurts. We should be more honest then with this PC crap. I hate it.

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hmm. trust me when i say if you are fat in school here in america..the kids will still make fun of you.

i wouldn't say i know exactly what causes the high rise of obesity in america....i surely wouldn't base it on a notion that americans are just dumber than other countries.

i think it is definately due to a rise in fast food chains here in america, it is definately due to parents who don't teach their kids good nutritional values. but americans are definately honest when it comes to them telling you what they want in beauty. from magazine covers to the big screen, the harsh reality that skinny is good is something americans are never allowed to forget. and this brutal honesty does nothing to help lower the amount of obesity in this country. as a matter of fact it makes it worse. people either drown their sorrows in food and become obese, or starve themselves to death or illness.

all the book knowledge in the world doesn't spare you from ignorance of life. if anything i think the best way to solve america's obesity issue is to lower the amounts of fast food advertising on television, and start at an early age of teaching our kids how to eat healthy. the next time your kids crying for a candy bar..shove a carrot in his mouth.

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i think it is definately due to a rise in fast food chains here in america


No, there are Mickey Dee's in Europe and Asia and, well, everywhere. (there's even one in Greenland.) So it's definetly the mentality of the people.
And what I'm saying about PC is that you will notice people saying it's okay to be obese. Look at Christy Alley. Irresponsible hag. She is a member of pop culture and instead of speaking out against it and saying "Look I have a problem and it's wrong" she goes around embracing her early death saying it's okay to be fat and happy.
Mentality of the people. It's true that Europeans and Asians are superior to American when it comes to all them booksmarts. The average IQ here in America is 90. (That sucks.) Look at Asians. They're all very intelligent people. And they're good at playing the Cello.
/slap. Sure you can be fat and happy but you won't be very happy when you get Diabetes.

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whoa..way wrong on this one...let's talk about asia...asian countries..and many other foreign countries are the ones that embrace obesity...if you are in asia...or africa..or many other countries to be overweight means that you are rich. the beautiful and wealthy are those with extra meat on their bones...and they are the ones most sought out for marriage.

in america the image you get from the media is that the overweight are not that high on the attraction chart. let's look at television, i dare anyone to name an american television show where an overweight woman is married to an attractive, healthy looking man. the overweight people in our enterainment business are used for one thing only..comedy...because it's easy to laugh at the fat guy.

and true other countries have fast food chains..that not what i was saying..what i was saying is that america has more fast food markets than any other country. i know because i just had to do this stupid research for macroeconomics class (bore). the fact that you can walk down a street and pass almost ten fast food chains is something that you will only see here in america.

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It's in the food staples, think about Japan.

Fish>Beef

Rice>french fries

Case>point

Pluss everything around here from potatoes to ice-cream is deep-fried.

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