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Healthy lifestyle,sugars in food and Exercise

Updated on July 23, 2009

Government and health

Thursday 07-23-2009

I was reading a story today on U.S.A.TODAY about the government's responsibility to get Americans moving will be discussed at the three-day Weight of the Nation conference next week. Public health advocates, government leaders and obesity researchers will meet in Washington D.C. Government Experts changing our environment' for the better to help overweight Americans lose weight ,while traveling to and from home and work.The idea surounds biking, walking and jogging trails for Adults and more exercise for children at school and includes a tax on sugary drinks such as soda pop.I say why stop with taxing soda pop,why not tax all sugar laden foods,by taxing sugar itself ,since all sweet deserts such as cakes pies ,icecream,and candies for the most part all contain sugar.This would be a tax on those who insist on eating unhealthy foods,and hopefully cut down on the amount they eat or drink.Sounds reasonable to me.I grew up eating a lot of candy and drinking a lot of soda pop.I had fourteen cavities by the time I went to the dentist for the first time in my life.most of them weren't big cavities,but I had at least two or three big ones.They used silver-mercury filllings then.I still have them to this day.I'm sure sugar was affecting my health other than just getting cavities.I think people can get addicted to sugar,especially children ,because of the energy it releases into the bloodstream and if you don't use it,your body turns it into fat in a short period of time.It's no wonder so many children are getting diabetes as such a young age or gaining so much weight.Some individuals complain that we the people as the government,should leave them alone ,and let them do whatever they want so long as it's not hurting anyone else.I agree ,we should let people do whatever it is that they want to do as long as it doesn't have an impact on the rest of us.However,if what you do does have a detrimental impact on the rest of us,such as raising insurance rates for healthcare because you can't afford it and may need it as a result of your lifestyle then we do have a right to have some say on how much you should pay for those unhealthy lifestyle choices.You can't have your cake and eat it too! Speaking of that,sugar substitutes are not the answer either,with the exception of some natural plant based sugar substitutes that are healthy and have few if any calories.But you still have to watchout for the transfats and saturated fats and carbohydrates such as white flour in deserts such as cakes and pastries.

This idea of increasing healthy lifestyles has mert,Riding a bike or walking to work on a nice day may be possible and I've done it before ,but it's not pratical to do everyday because of the weather.I would disagree with making a law that forces people to bike,walk,run or jog to work.Who in their right mind would want to ride a bike in the rain,snow,mud,dirt and ,or walk,run or jog in the same and then have to change clothes and maybe even clean up when you get to where your going.If,you had to carry anything with you would make it all that much harder.I'm all for increasing physical activity if it improves my health,but I usually get all the exercise I need at work,or working around the house without the extra physical exercise I would get by riding a bike,walking,running or jogging to work thank you.Too much exercise can be bad for you too.I think a better idea would be to get some exercise after each meal if possible.It helps the body from becoming insulin resistant as well and should help prevent diabetes.

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    • someonewhoknows profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I agree dusanotes special occasions are the exception for most people anyway.

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      9 years ago from Windermere, FL

      Someonewhoknows, what a timely article. You are right, dean-on. If we could eliminate most of the sugars from our diets we would feel better and we would weigh more. But, sadly, most of us go out to eat from time to time and our friends are ordering sugar-flavored drinks, soda pop, or coffee which has sugar. Then we're cowed into ordering a sugar or soda drink. Then comes desert, even if it's a small piece of birthday cake, just to be one of the girls or guys.

      Keep up the good work in keeping us abreast of what not to eat. You know what, the best thing I found when I was thinner was that any time I craved something sweet I would drink water. That usually eliminates the craving. Don't drink too much after dinner or you will create another problem -- running to the bathroom and not getting enough sleep.

      Best to you,

      Don White dusanotes

    • someonewhoknows profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      HI,msorensson Your right,it takes a lott of dicipline to stay healthy

      Idon't know if they're going to propose any new laws or not they didn't say if that was the case ,they give you the impression that they will try to though.

      rb11 Some of those politicians look like they could use exercise.I wonder if they would be willing to ride a bike to work?

      Peggy W I remember wen I was in high school they sold pizza,nut it wasn't so healthy ,too much fat and pepperoni,no vegatables on it,not even onions.Iagree the federal government has been overstepping it's authority for a very long time,in a variety of ways claiming some kind of connection to interstate trade in which they have the authority to intervine in every state.

      Thank you all for your comments

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I agree with rb11. The only place for government action would be in the schools where school lunches could be improved upon. Get rid of the snack machines which do not offer healthy choices. Teach classes about good nutrition. That way, if they are not learning it at home, the children will have been exposed to better food choices for at least one meal during all of their school years.

      And.....BTW.......I mean for local school boards and states to do this.......not at the Federal Level.

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      9 years ago from Las Vegas

      I agree with msorensson, most government interventions cost more than they benefit. It's a lifestyle thing passed on from parents to kids. How does the health care system address this, pills and drugs, quick fix just like fast foods. You really have to be a contrarian to stay fit these days. If the government takes any role in this subject give incentives to health care and schools to promote education and products that lead to the path of better health. Won't happen because the lobbyists of these big industries have politicians in their pockets.

      MHO(my humble opinion)


    • msorensson profile image


      9 years ago

      Dear Someonewhoknows,

      In the US we live in a society where time is very scarce. We spend the time working to pay for the conveniences that we think we need. As a result, the Fast Food chains flourish. When the children come home from school, there are sugared treats.

      In my humble opinion this is one of the reasons why a lot of americans have type II diabetes. Adult onset, when the cells have decreased response to the concentration of insulin normally produced by the body.

      To lose weight is not easy. The only reasonable thing to do is not put it on in the first place, but that training begins in childhood. It is very difficult to change patterns of eating.

      Forcing people to exercise will not work in the US. An incentive might work, but nothing mandatory.


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