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Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says
FOX News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Reuters

Posted on 02/03/2014 11:14:39 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Edited on 02/03/2014 11:15:35 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Monday.

A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; bmi; children; fastfood; health; healthnazis; junkfood; manufacturedcrisis; nannystate; nutrition; obesity; study

1 posted on 02/03/2014 11:14:40 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Eric Blair 2084; -YYZ-; 31R1O; 383rr; AFreeBird; AGreatPer; Alamo-Girl; Alia; altura; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 02/03/2014 11:15:10 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The government mandated the food pyramid as the basis for school meals. Putting the fox in charge of the hen house is not a solution.


3 posted on 02/03/2014 11:17:01 AM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Really? I thought it was fueled by a lack of character. Probably need regulations for that, too. :)


4 posted on 02/03/2014 11:18:32 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Brett66

“Please pull up to the next window for government approval of your order.” Going to McDonald’s will be like going to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Taking the “Fast” out of fast Food.


5 posted on 02/03/2014 11:20:14 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Pa-leeeezzzzzzeeee!

This is all such nonsense.


6 posted on 02/03/2014 11:21:19 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Just what we need, more damned regulations.
P*ss off!


7 posted on 02/03/2014 11:21:44 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

lack of character?

I always thought lack of exercise and too many calories was the cause. silly me


8 posted on 02/03/2014 11:22:15 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

People should be required to have a license for that - and background checks before purchasing a burger. Rember that people don’t kill people - burgers do!


9 posted on 02/03/2014 11:24:19 AM PST by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Brawndo, Plants love it!


10 posted on 02/03/2014 11:25:52 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The most urgent obesity issue is that Uncle Sam needs to have radical surgery to reduce its intake of our money and liberties.


11 posted on 02/03/2014 11:26:29 AM PST by Maceman
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Totalitarians want to control what you eat.


12 posted on 02/03/2014 11:27:07 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sounds like the perfect job for Michael Bloomberg, now that he’s out of work—Fast Food Czar.


13 posted on 02/03/2014 11:29:49 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

it is surprising that this hasn’t yet been resolved in what remains of our “free market economy”

every time a fast food outfit adds a healthier item to its menu, it seems to taste awful

(and almost nobody keeps buying it).

I really do believe they COULD offer some healtier items (at least give you some options instead of those terrible white bread buns! and cut down on the chemical overload that seems to be in some fast food these days? and reduce the grease)...just those 3 small steps would make for some healthier products),..,.maybe not strictly 100 percent “Health Food” but still a few items that are better for us.....and taste good ........? A whole lot of us would buy such items if they would only put them on offer...

again, in the free market.


14 posted on 02/03/2014 11:30:57 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Govern yourself, or someone will govern you for you...


15 posted on 02/03/2014 11:32:04 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He would love it. He may even ask for a cool uniform and a nifty title as head of the Fast Food Cheka.


16 posted on 02/03/2014 11:33:32 AM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Another Nanny State Liberal Luddite faculty lounger bleats out!


17 posted on 02/03/2014 11:37:47 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: faithhopecharity

every time a fast food outfit adds a healthier item to its menu, it seems to taste awful


I eat surprisingly little junk or processed food altogether. A few years ago I went to just get a burger that wasn’t good for me as a treat and cost a fortune. It tasted like the wrapper it came in. Now I make my own junk food when I really crave it - it’s healthier by comparison and at least it has taste.


18 posted on 02/03/2014 11:43:08 AM PST by blastbaby
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Great. More intrusive govt ALWAYS fixes everything. NOT! Fookin’ idgits.


19 posted on 02/03/2014 11:46:30 AM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme), the price of EVERYTHING will necessarily skyrocket! Period.)
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To: blastbaby

absolutely agree with you....

i wish the junkchow places would offer a few healthier things for us

but (and I do like double whoppers) ... a burger made at home can be ten times better than almost anything at the drive thru


20 posted on 02/03/2014 11:46:59 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They are right. I for one cannot be relied on to make the correct food choices for my personal health. I believe Sven the Swedish Cabana boy should be assigned as my very own personal food Nazi. He must hand feed me all the healthful foods I will not eat for myself and must use positive reinforcement to train me away from junk food. Foot massages perhaps?


21 posted on 02/03/2014 11:50:13 AM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: faithhopecharity

I agree with you that fast food restaurants do not put 100% of their food knowledge in making healthier (and more expensive) ingredients taste great. They want foods that can be cheaply obtained, distributed and prepared easily, and not have much risk of going bad. Salt, yucky fake sweetness and grease hook people to the taste.


22 posted on 02/03/2014 11:56:20 AM PST by grania
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To: grania

yes. that does indeed sound like the recipe (add a bunch of chemicals and you get your usual drive thru burger)


23 posted on 02/03/2014 11:57:18 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: faithhopecharity
I really do believe they COULD offer some healtier items ...
Why should they, because you like them?
I like fast food just the way it is (or was) and I'm tired of people like you telling me what's good for me. Hell, I even like (gasp) white bread buns.
If you don't like it, don't eat it. Go feckin' graze wherever "healthy" people eat.
24 posted on 02/03/2014 11:58:21 AM PST by oh8eleven (claimer)
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To: lastchance

I’d rather Sven ate the foods that the government wants us to eat and I’ll go back and eat what I like, in moderation, the stuff without additives and chemicals.

Stuff like butter, real cream, real vegetables, meat that’s not pumped up with things.


25 posted on 02/03/2014 11:59:33 AM PST by blastbaby
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To: grania

Actually, what they do is produce food that people like and will consume in mass quantities. The standards remain

For the sake of change, they constantly introduce new products so thee is some variety.


26 posted on 02/03/2014 12:02:13 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“People eating too much and not exercising enough is fueling obesity epidemic”, WayneS says...


27 posted on 02/03/2014 12:02:18 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe they should switch all fast food restaurants over to government-owned “Carl’s Jr.” franchises.


28 posted on 02/03/2014 12:04:01 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: bert

That explains the periodic resurgence of the McRib sandwich...


29 posted on 02/03/2014 12:05:34 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
People get fat because they can. In olden times you could spot a person of means by his girth, a man of stomach.

In prosperous times all except the very poor get fat, in lean times everyone gets skinny except the prosperous.

We live in unusual times where the prosperous get skinny and the poor get fat, on someone elses dime.

30 posted on 02/03/2014 12:05:34 PM PST by Little Bill
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To: WayneS

December is the date. Next year though I think it will not be mandatory.


31 posted on 02/03/2014 12:07:39 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Everyone knows junk food is bad for us. The real problem is that the “healthy” food that the goverment guidelines tell us we should be eating instead are just as bad. So when people decide they want to healthy and try the low-fat, high-carb crap that is supposed to be good for them, they don’t feel any better. It’s no wonder that they give up and go back to eating junk.

What we need to do is either to fix the guidelines, get the government out of the business of making dietary recommendations, or just stop paying attention.

My money is on option #3. And given the rapid growth of the real-food, low-carb, paleo food movement, I’m not alone.


32 posted on 02/03/2014 12:11:12 PM PST by jdege
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To: oh8eleven

yes. i agree that you should continue to enjoy the stuff they serve

i only hope they will add a couple of healthier choices for me, is all.... they can list them down at the bottom of the menu and I will even wait a few minutes for them to be prepared if necessary

if they don’t add a couple healthier items to the menu..., then yes i will keep away...

(you’d THINK that the free market forces would see to this ... but I’m not a health food freak... I just want to avoid getting sick and I do barf up ...almost immediately...McD’s.... I can eat a BurgerKing double whopper but still don’t care for the white bread ... why couldn’t they at least offer a choice on breads?

anyway, don’t worry about ME closing down your favorite grease pit. I believe you should continue to have all the drive thrus available for you that you like

I can make my own chow at home (and it tastes a lot better than ALL the fast food places, always does when you do it up the way you like for yourself)

happiness,


33 posted on 02/03/2014 12:12:39 PM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: driftdiver

“I always thought lack of exercise and too many calories was the cause. silly me”

Telling people who are overweight that they need to eat less and exercise more makes as much sense as telling people who are constipated that they need to eat less and poop more. It’s technically true, but it totally ignores consideration of the actual causes.


34 posted on 02/03/2014 12:15:29 PM PST by jdege
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To: jdege

thats the great thing about this country, everyone has an opinion


35 posted on 02/03/2014 12:21:02 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What are folks going to much on after smoking all that legalized pot? It’s a crazy world.


36 posted on 02/03/2014 12:33:14 PM PST by formosa
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says

Wow so much for personal responsibility. Replace fast food and obesity with , sugar, alcohol,recreational drugs, trans fat, cigarettes, you pick your favorite and you too can be the author of this garbage.

37 posted on 02/03/2014 12:33:43 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The study was done by WHO - it is about as useful as used toilet paper. It once served a purpose and now should be discarded.


38 posted on 02/03/2014 12:57:30 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

These folks think they are original thinkers :-
Louis Antoine de Saint-Just (25 August 1767 – 28 July 1794)
“ The poor man is superior to government and the powers of the world; he should address them as a master. We must have a system which puts all these principles in practice and assures comfort to the entire people. Opulence is a crime : it consists in supporting fewer children, whether one’s own or adopted, than one has thousands of francs of income.

. . Children shall belong to their mother, provided she has suckled them herself, until they are five years old ; after that they shall belong to the republic until death.

The mother who does not suckle her children ceases to be a mother in the eyes of the country. Child and citizen belong to the country, and a common instruction is essential. Children shall be brought up in the love of silence and scorn for fine talkers. They shall be trained in laconic speech. Games shall be prohibited in which they declaim, and they shall be habituated to simple truth.

The boys shall be educated, from the age of five to sixteen, by the country; from five to ten they shall learn to read, write, and swim. No one shall strike or caress a child. They shall be taught what is good and left to nature. He who strikes a child shall be banished.

The children shall eat together and shall live on roots, fruit, vegetables, milk, cheese, bread, and water. The teachers of children from [Page 453] five to ten years old shall not be less than sixty years of age. . . . The education of children from ten to sixteen shall be military and agricultural.”

Although a major figure during the Reign of Terror, he was eventually Guillotined.Marx and Engels studied his works.


39 posted on 02/03/2014 1:01:30 PM PST by managusta (The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.)
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To: blastbaby

That reads like a good plan.


40 posted on 02/03/2014 1:32:32 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: jdege
Telling people who are overweight that they need to eat less and exercise more makes as much sense as telling people who are constipated that they need to eat less and poop more.

Why, because people who consume less energy than they burn won't lose weight? Is that what you're suggesting?

It’s technically true

Say what? So if I consume less energy than I burn I WILL lose weight after all?

but it totally ignores consideration of the actual causes.

Huh? So the actual cause of weight gain has nothing to do with consuming more energy that you expend? But didn't you just say that this was the cause.....technically speaking?

41 posted on 02/03/2014 2:35:06 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wow, leftists want to regulate free choice - how surprising.


42 posted on 02/03/2014 2:52:49 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I guess they never watched Fat Head...
43 posted on 02/03/2014 3:09:34 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Mase

Telling people who are overweight that they need to eat less and exercise more makes as much sense as telling people who are constipated that they need to eat less and poop more.

Why, because people who consume less energy than they burn won't lose weight? Is that what you're suggesting?

People who consume less energy than they burn may lose weight. Or they may not. And if they do, it might be fat that the lose, or it might be lean mass.

The energy equation will always balance, but it won't necessarily balance in the way that you would like it to.

Whether fat is moving into or moving out of the fat cells depends entirely on the hormonal balance in the blood stream surrounding the cells. If the insulin levels are up and the glucagon levels are down, the GLUT4 transporters are actively pulling glucose into the fat cells for conversion into fat, regardless of what the total energy balance for the body is.

If you cut back on total calorie consumption and insulin levels remain high, you will not burn fat. Your metabolism will slow, various metabolic processes will either be run more efficiently, or will be suspended entirely. You will cannibalize muscle tissue, and even your internal organs. You may lose weight, but you will not lose fat, and you will not improve your health.

To claim that reducing the total calorie balance will always result in weight loss is equivalent to claiming that reducing the total calorie balance will always lower insulin levels - and the scientific literature clearly documents that that is not always the case.

In particular, it's not the case when people with the collection of metabolic disorders known as the metabolic syndrome reduce calories while continuing to eat high-carbohydrate diets. Metabolic syndrome is driven by insulin resistance, which means higher-than normal insulin levels in response to carbohydrates. And this isn't a rare condition. Estimates put those suffering from it at 25% of the adult population, increasing with age. 40% of adults over 50.

For this (large) group of people, the eat-less/exercise-more prescription doesn't just not work, it's positively harmful.

44 posted on 02/03/2014 7:42:31 PM PST by jdege
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


45 posted on 02/03/2014 8:13:52 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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