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Letter: Plague of obesity can be combatted with nutritional guidelines

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  • PeanutGallery Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 8:26 a.m.

    Or we could let people decide for themselves, and keep the government out of it. Now there's a novel idea.

  • No One Of Consequence West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    Or not...

    Free people make poor choices but the worst choice is to give away freedom.

  • Curmudgeon Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 3:33 p.m.

    Peanut and No One:

    Do you feel the same about tobacco, alcohol, meth, cocaine, marijuana, and other controlled substances? Are there no limits to "freedom" in your world? If you're willing to accept government regulation of those harmful substances, why not something equally dangerous to human health and arguably much more widely abused?

  • wrz Ogden, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    "We could fight it with law limiting the sugar content of candy, soft drinks and sweet foods."

    You got that right. As a pop drinking nation we are getting more and more obese... especially the kids who such on soda pops all day.

    The problem is, we can't have the governmnet tell us what to eat and drink, lest we have an autocracy. But I can guarantee that, with Obamacare that's exactly what we will have... We will be told what we can and cannot eat and drink in order to keep health care costs within government guidelines.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    Two more fans for my quest for a casino and neighbourhood pubs in utah:
    "Free people make poor choices but the worst choice is to give away freedom."
    "Or we could let people decide for themselves, and keep the government out of it. Now there's a novel idea."
    Yeah, it would be a novel idea. In utah, that's for sure. And I didn't give my freedom away. They take it every time I get to this side of the state line.
    Vive la freedom!!

  • Fitz Murray, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 6:34 p.m.

    So just exactly what constitutes obesity? Don't say BMI, that was discredited by the Mayo Clinic in 2006 where the study they published said BMI is not an indicator of heart or other diseases. So what exactly constitutes obesity?

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Oct. 9, 2012 7:36 p.m.

    The solution is right in front of you i.e. the nutritional label.

    Most websites that calculate also calculate daily caloric need (both base & one accounting for activity level). Stay around the 60% carb 20% protein & fat each day.

    Eat 500 calories less per day and you lose 1 pound a week.

    Drink 1 less Dr Pepper per day & you'd lose 15.6 pounds in 1 yr.

  • Ken Hollen South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 4:25 p.m.

    Obese people cost America $190 billion over healthy people. Time for a head tax and get the fat man to pay his way. 30% body fat percentage or better and charge them $1500 a year. That will work.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Oct. 10, 2012 4:33 p.m.

    Eliminate sugar, and corn subsidies, and people will start eating more healthy.