Experts: Obesity not a single disease, more likely a combination of diseases

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  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 25, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    "The Italians eating the real "Mediterranean diet" lived a long healthy life, it has identical principles to the WofW. It worked well for centuries before they were seduced by cheap fat. "

    I was in Italy a couple years ago. The only very obese people I saw were Americans.

    And, Italians hardly eat based on "identical principles to the WofW". Most drink alcohol daily. And live a long and healthy life.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 24, 2013 10:44 a.m.

    No, no people, you don't understand. If we call it a "disease" its not my fault, its those darn sugary drinks and high calorie foods that force me to eat and drink them! There ought to be a law against them because after all, why should I be responsible for my choices? Its the new American way to escape personal responsibilities and consequences of our choices. That's why we have entitlements to rescue us from our bad choices in life.

  • Oatmeal Woods Cross, UT
    Aug. 24, 2013 10:22 a.m.

    Cut the carbonated beverages out of your life. Reduce the red meat. Eat more fresh fruit and veggies. Go for a walk or run every day. Smile often. Laugh heartily every day. Love and cherish your spouse. Make friends, be friendly.

    The number on the scale isn't the only factor. The quality of life is another. Stress and depression are the real killers.

  • Walking the byways Thornbury, Vic
    Aug. 23, 2013 11:41 p.m.

    How long ago did the Lord give us the Word of Wisdom? If we follow it we will live well as promised!

    The Italians eating the real "Mediterranean diet" lived a long healthy life, it has identical principles to the WofW. It worked well for centuries before they were seduced by cheap fat.

    For the majority of us then adherence to WofW will save our health and reduce the demand on the planet.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Aug. 23, 2013 8:30 p.m.

    Super-Sized soft drinks.

    Super-Sized meals.

    EQUAL = Super-Sized People.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Aug. 23, 2013 7:39 p.m.

    How To Lose Weight.

    Eat less.
    Cut back "slowly" over a long period of time.

    Eat whatever you want.
    Just don't pig out.

    Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
    You don't need to become a rabbit, but eat more of what you like.

    Don't weigh yourself every day.
    It's a gradual weight loss you're after, results will take awhile. Weigh yourself only twice a year.

    Don't be too critical of yourself if you backslide and pig out for one day.
    It happens to everyone. What's surprising is that since it's "real" fat that you've lost, you won't automatically put back on five pounds.

    Using the above program I have lost 90 pounds and have kept it off for more than five years. It worked for me and can work for you. It just takes time. The great part is that it does not require you to starve yourself, eat weird diets or avoid the foods you love.

    It just takes a minor amount of will power to say, "Today, I'm going to eat a little bit less." After awhile, eating less becomes a habit.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    Aug. 23, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    It's not a disease. It's called GLUTTONY.

    The vast majority of us simply eat far too much food.

  • Lavoy Price, UT
    Aug. 23, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    I agree with Fred T that weight loss is attainable for most people. I was born with a defect in my brain which controls breathing. When I went to sleep, I would stop breathing and not start again until my body thrashed around and I woke up. I began to gain weigh when I was five and no one knew why. I didn't learn why until I was in my mid-thirties and had a sleep study. The doctor said my body was so deprived of oxygen that I could have stopped eating and still have gotten fatter.

    I weighed a whopping 1000 lbs at that time in 1995 and now with treatment I am under 400 lbs and still losing it slowly. Some people do have conditions that cause weight gain. Please we need to understand that not everybody just overeats, but I will admit that many do. I am glad that doctors may now take a serious look at what is contributing to someones excess weight. Don't judge lest ye be judged.

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    Aug. 23, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    Processed foods, carbs, and regular coke.

  • Fred T PHOENIX, AZ
    Aug. 23, 2013 5:27 p.m.

    I don't buy into the 'disease' angle.
    But, when the real depression/recession hits, we won't have money to splurge on fast food or other luxuries. Obesity levels will go down.

    I count myself in that. I have gained 70 pounds after having CHF. Congestive heart failure from a virus. Now I'm trying to lose the weight. It is proving to be very difficult because of my age and hip problems. Not, unattainable, just very difficult.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 23, 2013 3:16 p.m.

    The last Mexican Restaurant my wife and I went to the plate and portion was big enough to serve an entire family of 4. I wonder if that has anything to do with it? Greece+Cheese+Fat...... Of course you start of with about 4 bowls of deep fried chips and salsa along with about 4 soda's...just to warm up. Finish it off with fried icecream and you have just consumed a weeks worth of calories in one setting. I laugh at the LDS folks who seem to frequent this particular restaurant but condemn the drinking of diet coke as against the Word of Wisdom. I wonder what the Lord would think of that 4000 calorie meal you just polished off???