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Mounting evidence that sugary drinks and fatty foods lead to addiction could spark the most important consumer safety battle since cigarettes. One-third of U.S. adults and 17% of children are obese - adding about $150B to healthcare costs and shaving anywhere from 2-10 years off people's lives.
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  • Karen Consumer
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    Sugary drinks and fatty foods taste good. All I can see from this "safety battle" is more unemployment, because what small business owner can afford lawsuits brought against them over a person's unwillingness to push themselves away from the table (or off the couch)?
    5 Nov 2011, 07:09 PM Reply Like
  • 2PP
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    Why does the food always get blamed? Whatever happened to personal responsibility? There are several ways to deal with this, first don't buy this type of food, second don't eat them, third get off the sofa and get some exercise. Obama could always get the EPA to outlaw the excess gas emitted by eating these types of food, or maybe some kind of regulation through the DEA.
    5 Nov 2011, 07:21 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    "Mounting evidence"

     

    Start with your objective and find the facts to arrive there. 2PP's point about personal responsibility is spot on.
    5 Nov 2011, 07:35 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    Wesley Mooch could this problem in a minute.
    5 Nov 2011, 07:55 PM Reply Like
  • Fueled By Randomness
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    Yeah, translated this means the politicians need more money to buy votes with and they think they found an easy target. Are these foods unhealthy? Sure, if you eat too much and have an otherwise poor diet and don't exercise blah blah blah. Eating too much lettuce is unhealthy, too. Are they addictive? Well, put simply, anything which is enjoyable is likely to make a person want to do it again. Soap operas are "addictive" for some, video games for others. So what? If these things are so evil, why not ban them outright? These people don't want to ban them, they want a reason to tax them. That tells you all you need to know. Con job.
    5 Nov 2011, 08:07 PM Reply Like
  • Terry330
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    Tax all unhealthy foods, use money to lower prices on health foods.
    5 Nov 2011, 08:13 PM Reply Like
  • Poor Texan
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    Define health foods. Everybody is allergic to something. I'm lactose intolerant so for me, milk is not a health food.
    5 Nov 2011, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • wyostocks
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    Welcome back Terry.
    What demonstration for OWS were you at? Probably Oakland.
    As to your comment I am sure you are qualified to define "health foods".
    If Al Gore grows it I am sure you would eat it.
    5 Nov 2011, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • JohnBinTN
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    Good point. As Fueled pointed out above, lettuce is unhealthy if over-consumed, and it doesn't even have any tax on it at all. At least there's state sales tax on "junk" food.
    5 Nov 2011, 08:45 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    That kid with the peanut allergy now commands the power of a dictator in any 3rd grade classroom nationwide. He has principals on their knees begging not to be brought to trial under the stern gaze of his momma's anti-peanut gaze.

     

    If I tell that same principal that I'm allergic to grass, how come I can't force the school to fill in every lawn bed with concrete?
    5 Nov 2011, 10:34 PM Reply Like
  • Prophet81
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    Terry, I'm 100% with you on that one. Sugary drinks, potato chips, as well as anything containing bleached flour or hydrogenated oil are the main culprits and should be at the top of any tax agenda. By health foods, Terry means "live undenatured food." Milk does not fit into that category.

     

    Besides making natural food more available and affordable, we could speed up the advent of holistic medicine, which I believe can save our country at least 80% in health care costs!
    6 Nov 2011, 01:55 AM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    Terry, if that picture is actually of you (yeah, right), you better pray they don't start taxing silicon.
    6 Nov 2011, 05:49 AM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    Sugary drinks and fatty foods do not lead to addiction.
    The consumption of these drinks and foods, in excess, lead to addiction.
    "Super Size Me" covered this years ago. Remeber Morgan Spurlock and the health issues he had at the end of a thirty day binge? It was an eye-opening documentary.
    This is not new information by any means.
    5 Nov 2011, 08:21 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    It was low grade, shoddy agit-prop.

     

    The idiot ate Big Macs breakfast, lunch and dinner for 30 days.

     

    What did he expect?

     

    Ripping abs?

     

    A chiseled chest?
    5 Nov 2011, 10:35 PM Reply Like
  • deercreekvols
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    I believe that he expected to do just what he did. Get grossly overweight and have health concerns.
    That idiot and his movie helped put a stop to the "super size" option at the golden arches.
    He took an american institution on and showed that their food, eaten regularly, is a poor nutritional choice.
    He also showed the garbage that is served in public schools could be changed to healthy, fresh alternatives.
    Not a bad outcome, in my opinion.
    8 Nov 2011, 07:50 AM Reply Like
  • untrusting investor
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    Why don't they seem to have this problem in France?
    5 Nov 2011, 09:18 PM Reply Like
  • twice
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    urban lifestyle vs. suburban lifestyle
    6 Nov 2011, 03:08 AM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    Mounting evidence suggests that spending is addictive. Mounting evidence suggests that gambling is addictive.

     

    So when I buy a ferrari this week and drive to Vegas and lose a few million (not sure where I'll find it but maybe withdrawing money is addictive also so holding up a few banks will be ok), I'm expecting the government to bail me out!!! Its NOT MY FAULT!!!!!!

     

    Did you know that milk has a lot of fat!! Did you know that drinking milk is good for your bones and teeth!!! Unless you don't brush your teeth!!!! Orange juice has calories also - it tastes very good to some people!!!! Its addictive!!!!

     

    Oh, yes... the land of the not so free and the home of the helpless!!!!!
    5 Nov 2011, 09:50 PM Reply Like
  • MainStreetKate
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    Really?

     

    Dear Government:

     

    MYOB. If you don't have so little faith in your citizens that you feel the need to stick warnings and disclaimers on everything they eat "just in case" they didn't know that eating big macs 5 nights a week is really bad for them... Well, then I guess the doom & gloom crowd is probably right after all... because nonsense like this is CERTAINLY not going to help the job market or anything else for that matter.

     

    More Freedom. Less Government.

     

    That is all.
    5 Nov 2011, 09:51 PM Reply Like
  • Wyatt Junker
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    Indeed.

     

    But this isn't about public health. Its about the Trial Lawyers Assoc.

     

    Research Dickie Scruggs. One of the richest men from Mississippi. He started a legal cult there that was exported nationally to infect the rest of the nation. He was the guy who got the asbestos going and won jackpot lotto jury awards when he was able to take down Big Tobacco.

     

    Only problem?

     

    He was a crook.

     

    "Scruggs was indicted for attempted bribery (of a judge) in 2007 and in 2009. He pleaded guilty in March 2008, and again in February 2009. Scruggs was sentenced to 5 years in prison on June 27, 2008 by U.S. District Judge Neal Biggers; and on February 10, 2009, Judge Glen H. Davidson sentenced him to 7 years for the second scheme, to run concurrently.[3][4] A book entitled Kings of Tort, documenting the rise and fall of Scruggs, was released in December 2009 by Pediment Publishing.[5] A second book, The Fall of the House of Zeus: The Rise and Ruin of America's Most Powerful Trial Lawyer, was published in 2010.[6]"

     

    http://bit.ly/vTfqv0

     

    He also bought doctors for false, rigged testimony on people, fake diagnosis, etc.

     

    Now, here's what I don't get.

     

    Since Dickie Scruggs, inventor of b.s., inventor of asbestos claims, inventor of class action judgments against Big Tobacco, was shown as a fraud and thrown in prison, does that mean we can invalidate all of his legal claims and go back to before they existed? Can we have the states and the governments who were paid off by RJ Reynolds on these judgments now get paid back since Dickie Scruggs who brought these false claims was a proven liar?

     

    No.

     

    The governments now like their legal Vig. There is no going back.

     

    And the last thing Dickie was trying to do before he got gacked? Use the same tactic that won him hundreds of millions of dollars against Big Tobacco on fastfood claims.

     

    Seems to me that since the man was a legal cheater by using false doctor claims via bribing them and bribing judges also, that we should reverse all his judgments attached to his name.

     

    Seems to me.

     

    Will it ever happen?

     

    Nope.

     

    Sorry Altria.
    5 Nov 2011, 10:45 PM Reply Like
  • MainStreetKate
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    Well, that was certainly enlightening... I'm not using my usual laden with sarcasm tone either... I actually feel like I learned something reading that comment. I love when that happens.
    5 Nov 2011, 11:34 PM Reply Like
  • Tack
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    Yes, let's control everybody's every sleeping and waking breath.

     

    These kind of people only understand the sword, nothing less.
    5 Nov 2011, 11:11 PM Reply Like
  • Zigg
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    maybe we can stop subsidizing the foods that kill us and cost parity with healthy foods can occur

     

    http://lat.ms/vKNdBl
    5 Nov 2011, 11:58 PM Reply Like
  • warrenrial
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    Obama's wife Sasqluatch should mind her own blusiness.
    6 Nov 2011, 12:15 AM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    Oxygen is addicting. Sex is addicting.

     

    If we get rid of those two things we can just wipe out the human race but we will be safe.

     

    All of this is ridiculous.
    6 Nov 2011, 01:31 AM Reply Like
  • phxcrane
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    That we are even discussing this nonsense shows where we are at intellectually as a country.
    6 Nov 2011, 01:33 AM Reply Like
  • bdarken
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    Yep.

     

    We can indict Coke & Pepsi, but not Freddie, Fannie and Countrywide?

     

    Bodes poorly for the country's future.
    6 Nov 2011, 03:36 AM Reply Like
  • Prophet81
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    @Karen Consumer: "Sugary drinks and fatty foods taste good." What's wrong with you?! Would you make hard drugs available to the general public because they make you feel good?? I'm a bioochem major, and I can tell you that certain types of foods act like DRUGS. If you ate enough of them you too would become addicted.

     

    I would rather make steady gains in the market by investing in socially responsible companies and having a clear conscience, rather than having to live with the knowledge that my investments cause irreparable harm to the health of the general public and sabotage the financial future of our country!!!
    6 Nov 2011, 01:13 AM Reply Like
  • dividend_growth
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    Everything can lead to death, including drinking water!

     

    I assume you are going to boycott drinking water now?
    6 Nov 2011, 01:28 AM Reply Like
  • Prophet81
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    You are overgeneralizing. For your information, I love water, but I make sure that it's filtered when it's coming from my tap! Otherwise, I drink a lot of tea and fresh squeezed juice :)
    6 Nov 2011, 03:30 PM Reply Like
  • MainStreetKate
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    Legalize hard drugs, regulate them, and tax them to high heaven.

     

    People are going to do them anyway, if they want to.

     

    Perhaps I'll go to hell for that belief, but I strongly feel that people should be entitled to make their own decisions about what goes into their bodies.
    8 Nov 2011, 10:32 PM Reply Like
  • dividend_growth
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    I sense that the Litigation Industrial Complex is cooking up something new to satisfy their greedy appetite.
    6 Nov 2011, 01:29 AM Reply Like
  • davidingeorgia
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    And you'd be right. As well as the usual fascist elements in our government bureaucracy looking for more areas in which they can intrude into the lives of citizens and further control them.
    6 Nov 2011, 05:48 AM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Stephen Alpher
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    I don't understand. It means $150B in added health care costs, but shaves 2-10 years off (presumably the end of) people's lives . Seems like a wash, with the bad foods maybe even saving money.

     

    Pension funds are already broke even using the ridiculous 8%/year investment gain assumption. What happens to those schemes if everyone starts eating healthy and lives until 90?

     

    Not trying to be morbid, but can't we just say, yeah, it's probably a good thing to eat less processed foods without dragging more absurd stats into the mess of the health care debate.
    6 Nov 2011, 07:01 AM Reply Like
  • TomasViewPoint
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    Stephen

     

    You are looking at the big picture. We have built acturarial tables and forecasts off of normal life styles consuming current food stocks so if we keep reaching for another couple of years we will only go deeper in the hole. Combine that with the massively expensive last 6 months of a person's life and you have a very large amount of wealth going towards the last 1% of peoples' lives.

     

    And is that Ben Hogan in your BIO picture?
    6 Nov 2011, 09:38 AM Reply Like
  • Rationalexuberance
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    For all you libertarians out there who are soooo upset about a study like this telling people that foodstuffs may be addictive, why so defensive? Isn't the ideal of libertarianism free will based on a WELL INFORMED public.
    This article points out to something that many people may not have known as it works on your subconscious. Shouldn't people be aware that chemically modified food they buy on the shelf has addictive properties? Would you buy more or less if you knew this new information?
    6 Nov 2011, 12:00 PM Reply Like
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