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  •  The nation has a problem (0+ / 0-)

    with the health results of obesity, and so do those of us who are obese.

    On the other hand, blaming people who are obese for the country's health costs is not the way to fix it.  Nor is shaming us - do you have any idea how much shaming we have dealt with in our lives?  Showing asses and bellies instead of people perpetuates this.  It is further shaming.

    Further, there are often medical causes for obesity and these are not our fault.  Nor is the cost of medical care in this country.  We are being scapegoated.  And we are still subsidizing corn crops so we have to include corn syrup in more and more food.

    And do you really think a parent who works two jobs has time to make many choices, let alone money, let alone time for exercise?

    The problem of obesity is part of our greater problem of wealth distribution, corporate power, inequality of education, etc.  It becomes a convenient distraction.

    Republicans want to make government small enough to fit in your vagina..

    by ramara on Wed Oct 03, 2012 at 03:18:08 PM PDT

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    •  I think that (0+ / 0-)

      it is what you make of it, my mom raised 4 kids on the bluest of blue collar incomces. My dad's a cop and my mom never finished collage and between them they migth have made a little more then 100K a year towards the end (never mind that in the begining  when all 4 of us were young she started out at min wage and worked long hours in various menial jobs).

      Despite that she put a premium on eating healthy, on exercise and while her ability to exercise fluxuated she managed to semi keep up with it.

      That's my experience.

      Now I've already said that obvious medical issues are generally beyond anyone's control and frankly I am getting tired of repeating myself on this.

      As to shame, sure I don't think shame is helpful and that's why I have been very careful to speak about this without assigning blame indiscriminately but the evidence does show that actual obesity much like smoking is putting a strain on the nation's healthcare. You can call that scapegoating if you want, I call it just being rationally objective about it.

      And something obviously needs to be done about and in my opinion a good chunk of that will involve those that are obese. Because at the end of the day outside of a medical condition it is up to the individual what they eat and what they choose to do.

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