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September 29, 2008

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Ed

There is a root cause or causes underlying over-eating. We are not addressing those causes in this country because it would be too uncomfortable. I think many of the causes are based in psychological problems, which no American wants to admit to having. If obesity were like a broken leg, no problem, we'd attend to it immediately. But mental issues are swept under the carpet.

jeffrey McMahon

We're a nation of extremes. Either we sweep our mental problems under the carpet, as you say, or we flaunt them on Oprah in flagrant displays of exhibitionism.

Tom Welch

The root cause is 1st that food is cheap in America, whether at a resturant or grocery store, compared to Europe. And Americans are basically stupid, selfish and lack culture so they spend all their free time at the local mall.

jeffrey McMahon

It's economic as well. The richer people are, the skinnier they are.

Ed

I know I use food to self-medicate, much as some use alcohol. I don't consider myself stupid.

jeffrey McMahon

Food soothes my soul all the time; my intelligence is modest, not woefully absent.

Tom Welch

America has 2 wars going and no end in sight for either conflict.

jeffrey McMahon

The enemy from without and from within.

Paul

Part of the obesity epidemic is about our food itself. Go to Canada or Europe, read the ingredients of similar food items and compare: no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, very little preservatives, ...

All of these industrial ingredients in turn make the food cheap to produce. Along with various pscyhcological issues Ed mentioned, we then use cheap food to self-medicate.

Another issue is that people in Europe still walk! Walk to work, walk to buy food, walk to see a movie. Here, it's all about cars and the "freedom" that comes with it.

jeffrey McMahon

Seattle always is number one in nutritional consciousness and BMI index. Sounds like an educated place. It has the most fit people in the country. The rain doesn't stop them from exercising.

Tom Welch

The best walking shoes are of course made in Europe. My personal favorite are Ecco shoes.

Tom Welch

I wear Ecco Seawalkers from http://www.eccousa.com/

Mike W

Porcine Prose writes :

"...the qualities of self-denial and impulse control that our
society...values and rewards.”

Nonsense.

Our society pays lip service to prudence, but rewards the glutton, the shill, the debtor, the hedge funder, the campaign contributor, the no-money-downer, the welfare deadbeat, and the Ponzi schemer.

Meanwhile honest people who have sweated, saved and gone without for decades see their hard-won life savings diminished in an instant,as happened today on Wall Steet.

Ed

All this talk about food and eating is making me really hungry...

jeffrey McMahon

I think Mike is conflating hunger for food with greed on this day in which loafer and the fraud have rendered us that much poorer. I'll buy the metaphor, especially on a day like today.

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