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NBC: Obesity 'No Longer A Question of Individual Responsibility,' Government Must Act
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Posted on 05/09/2012 2:21:57 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

NBC: Obesity 'No Longer A Question of Individual Responsibility,' Government Must Act By Kyle Drennen Created 05/09/2012 - 4:30pm

Touting new recommendations from an Institute of Medicine panel on obesity on Tuesday's NBC Nightly News, science correspondent Robert Bazell proclaimed to viewers: "...a sea change in how we perceive obesity. No longer a question of individual responsibility, but a need to change what's called an 'obesity-promoting environment.' Calling on corporations, government and individuals to act."

At the top of the broadcast, anchor Brian Williams sounded the alarm: "Weight of the nation. An American health crisis out of control, and tonight a reality check on what it might take to turn things around." Later teasing the upcoming story, he declared: "Getting past the question of will power, what's really to blame for a nation of exploding waistlines? Tonight, there is a surprising new answer."

In his report, Bazell proceeded to detail the dictates of the health panel: "...requiring at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity in schools. Public and workplace policies that encourage people of all ages to exercise more. Industry-wide guidelines on marketing food to children, including healthier choices for kids in restaurants and having healthy food available at all public events."

Bazell further pushed the findings: "With the cost of treating obesity-related illnesses approaching $200 billion a year, many on the panel say the nation is ready to act." The panel's vice chair, Dr. M.R.C. Greenwood implored: "It takes a lot of leadership. We need our mayors to step up to the plate, we need our school superintendents to step up to the plate."

Concluding the segment, Bazell lamented the public practicing "bad habits...in an environment that encourages them."

Only NBC saw fit to hype the panel's big government proposals on Tuesday. Neither ABC's World News nor the CBS Evening News reported on the topic.

Here is a full transcript of the May 8 Nightly News segment:

7:00PM ET TEASE:

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Weight of the nation. An American health crisis out of control, and tonight a reality check on what it might take to turn things around.

7:12PM ET TEASE:

WILLIAMS: And up next, the weight of the nation. Getting past the question of will power, what's really to blame for a nation of exploding waistlines? Tonight, there is a surprising new answer.

7:14PM ET SEGMENT:

WILLIAMS: Back now with our reporting on what's being called the weight of the nation. Last night we told you about a stunning prediction that by the year 2030, health experts are telling us 42% of Americans will be obese. Today at a conference in Washington, some sweeping strategies for fighting this epidemic. We get more from our chief science correspondent Robert Bazell.

ROBERT BAZELL: Dr. Robin Goland is on the front lines of the obesity epidemic. And sees its consequences every day.

ROBIN GOLAND [COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER]: Our pediatricians are seeing obese 2-year-olds and 4-year-olds, we have 5-year-olds with impaired glucose tolerance. We have 8-year-olds with Type II diabetes. This is a catastrophe.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Most of you are familiar with the shocking statistics.

BAZELL: Today's recommendations from the prestigious Institute of Medicine, signal a sea change in how we perceive obesity. No longer a question of individual responsibility, but a need to change what's called an "obesity-promoting environment." Calling on corporations, government and individuals to act.

Among the panel's recommendations, requiring at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity in schools. Public and workplace policies that encourage people of all ages to exercise more. Industry-wide guidelines on marketing food to children, including healthier choices for kids in restaurants and having healthy food available at all public events.

With the cost of treating obesity-related illnesses approaching $200 billion a year, many on the panel say the nation is ready to act.

M.R.C. GREENWOOD [OBESITY PANEL VICE CHAIR]: It takes a lot of leadership. We need our mayors to step up to the plate, we need our school superintendents to step up to the plate.

BAZELL: With two thirds of Americans overweight and one third obese, the problem has become so critical that it's affecting almost every aspect of our daily lives. There are even worries that airplane seat belts can't protect the many heavy passengers.

JANEY PRATT [MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL]: We skip meals, we eat too quickly. We eat foods that are high in sugars and carbohydrates, in fats. And we eat more of them.

BAZELL: Bad habits, the panel said, in an environment that encourages them. Robert Bazell, NBC News, New York.


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To: RobertClark

“The food in our grocery stores is killing us. All government intervention, up to this point, has thrust more horrid products upon us and ignores well established science all in the name of garnering incresed contributions from the large agri-businesses.”

Bingo. It goes well beyond what is traditionally though of as junk food too. The portions and content of the American diet are so far out of whack, it’s a wonder 95% of Americans aren’t morbidly obese.


51 posted on 05/09/2012 4:00:14 PM PDT by Lou Budvis (Is it 2016 yet?)
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To: Lou Budvis
The portions and content of the American diet are so far out of whack, it’s a wonder 95% of Americans aren’t morbidly obese.

Give it time.

52 posted on 05/09/2012 4:11:02 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (I will not comply. I will NEVER submit.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Government is one of the main causes of obesity. More government is NOT the solution.

When I say that, I mean that higher taxes and government-caused inflation has forced many women to have to work. The result of that is that many people eat out at fast food places a lot of the time.


53 posted on 05/09/2012 4:23:47 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: RobertClark
As someone who has lost over 100 lbs,

Piker, I have lost several thousand pounds, trouble is I seem to find it again.

Some nice research I read last week indicated that a deactivated gene in the heart, med 13, I think, when activated in mice led to obesity relief.

Hardly anyone was fat when I was a kid, we were raised on Beans and Potatoes, Corn, Green Beans, Corn, Corn Bread and lots of lard.

Hitler proved with out a doubt, if you lock people up and work them hard and feed them very little, 100% of them will lose weight.

54 posted on 05/09/2012 4:28:42 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period. You can't trust the man with the big red (R))
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To: Servant of the Cross

That looks soooooo good. Hmm...yes, I believe I might just be passing by a KFC later this week...hmm...


55 posted on 05/09/2012 4:32:32 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I’d sooner have the old presidental physical fitness programs of the sixties back, than this food nannydom.

Why should you have either? Good grief when we are offered a false choice when none is required it looks like we are getting a good deal, which explains Romney.

56 posted on 05/09/2012 4:32:40 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period. You can't trust the man with the big red (R))
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To: Sub-Driver
At the top of the broadcast, anchor Brian Williams sounded the alarm:

I think there's another crisis. All Americans should get paid at least $5,000.00 an hour, just like Brian Williams.

57 posted on 05/09/2012 4:39:13 PM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: SuziQ
We already get breaks on homeowner's insurance if we have smoke detectors, and sometimes get breaks on automobile insurance if we drive carefully, and don't get tickets.

Why are people so willing to make this an either or argument?

58 posted on 05/09/2012 4:43:29 PM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period. You can't trust the man with the big red (R))
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To: Sub-Driver

Well . . .

So much for “my body, my choice.”

Ohh, hypocrisy.

Pregnant? It’s your body. Fat? It’s our body!


59 posted on 05/09/2012 5:01:12 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: Uncle Ike
The only way to be sure to bring down health insurance rates would be for everybody to patriotically step in front of a moving bus on their 40th birthday...

Carefull, That might be next.
60 posted on 05/09/2012 5:17:30 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: itsahoot
“Hitler proved with out a doubt, if you lock people up and work them hard and feed them very little, 100% of them will lose weight.”

My grandmother survived Hitler's camps and Stalin's holodomor starvation campaign. She always said the fat people were the first to starve, often while still fat. Or they were killed right away for not keeping up with the work load. The skeleton people you see in photos are unlikely to be formerly fat people.

I think it's because the stored fat in your body doesn't provide all the nutrients one needs to live. That's why you always burn muscle while starving. Eventually your heart will get eaten away. And if you are fat, the heart will fail much earlier.

Lesson learned - being fat it not a substitute for storing food.

61 posted on 05/09/2012 5:19:15 PM PDT by varyouga
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To: BenLurkin

The smokers told us this was coming.


Yep. That was the socialist nanny’s nose under the tent of individual freedom. They are coming after the fatties, the handicapped and elderly next. They will start taking fat children away from their parents and putting them into gay foster homes for their health. LOL

Oh brother. A lot of idiots will love it because “we don’t want to have to pay in the collective for fat people disease...and on and on.”


62 posted on 05/09/2012 6:00:43 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Sub-Driver
NBC = fat police? My word, they are rather presumptuous aren't they.
63 posted on 05/09/2012 7:53:24 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (11)
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To: varyouga
Lesson learned - being fat it not a substitute for storing food.

If only we were bears.

64 posted on 05/10/2012 12:24:47 AM PDT by itsahoot (I will not vote for Romney period. You can't trust the man with the big red (R))
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