Obesity's causes and repercussions continue to be topics of research and debate

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  • Jamescmeyer Midwest City, USA, OK
    March 18, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    I've known friends and family who suffer because of poor decisions that affect their weight, and I've found the only way in my own life to prevent it is to become educated about my body and live healthily.

    There may well be other factors, and it's important to understand them... But in the end, if I blame anything I can't control, it becomes a scapegoat, and we have more than enough people wasting resources trying to regulate scapegoats. If someone would become obese by going out late to eat fast food, limiting access to that fast food late at night doesn't make them stop and critically analyze their obesity-supporting decision.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    March 18, 2014 5:02 a.m.

    I just read the book Wheat Belly and the author makes a compelling case that the biggest reason is the amount of genetically modified wheat that we all consume. If you want to lose weight you should read it.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:32 p.m.

    "Some heavy people already eat much less than many of their skinny counterparts and exercise daily."

    Maybe the obesity epidemic stems from another glaring problem in the U.S.
    We don't think rationally about things.

  • MuseCat Farmington, UT
    March 17, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    So, now we want to have a World Wide Food Police? People need to be informed about healthy choices in food and exercise. Then it's left up to them to make their dining choices. It would be helpful if the restaurants would have healthier choices on their menus, but again they don't need Food Police telling them how to do it. The other things that they say are making people fat, why don't they tackle that problem head on like they want to tackle the food industry. If you don't treat each area with equal treatment you are bond to fail. But again I say, people don't need Food Police. Give them information and let them govern themselves.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    March 17, 2014 4:48 p.m.

    I thought that when the crash started in 2008. Knowing that schools have well equipped kitchens. Smorgasbord's should be there. Food served at low cost. Fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Lunch sacks could be bout to there.

  • lillianlbc SLC, UT
    March 17, 2014 4:07 p.m.

    I find it interesting that while the title and the article it is quoting make a point of showing all of the other factors that lead to obesity, the only suggestions made for curbing weight gain all have to do with restriction of fatty foods (which they have just said is not nec. one of the contributing factors). Why are none of the solutions addressed to the reasons in the article? Some heavy people already eat much less than many of their skinny counterparts and exercise daily. It would be really nice to see solutions for these folks.