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Tag: obesity


TACOMA: City needs to get in shape

I left Tacoma back in 1993 to go to college. Last week I came back for the first time to visit family.

Tacoma, what happened? You have become the fattest city I have ever seen. Every part of town I visited was full of obese men, women and even children. I rarely saw a normal-sized individual.

How can you thrive as a city if the majority of people are terribly out of shape? Stop blaming the government and take a good look in the mirror. You can’t expect to rebuild Tacoma’s economy if the majority of the city is overweight

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OBESITY: Insurers’ requirements make sense

The costs of obesity-related illnesses are well known to insurance companies, contrary to what some weight-loss surgery providers seem to think (Viewpoint, 9-23).

Insurance companies want to make sure that the services they cover will be the most effective and have the greatest chance of a successful, long-term outcome. Otherwise, the service will simply add to the high cost of health care with nothing to show for it. That is why insurance companies use guidelines when deciding to cover weight loss surgery: Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

There are a number of logical reasons why a conventional, medically

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OBESITY: Taxpayers subsidize poor dietary choices

Regarding the story on our national obesity epidemic (TNT, 7-7), it should be noted that a contributing factor is the degree to which our tax dollars subsidize poor dietary choices.

Over the last 15 years, $246 billion in taxpayer subsidies have helped to artificially reduce the price of unhealthy food. According to an analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture records, the top 10 percent of agricultural subsidy recipients received 74 percent of those payments, and the subsidies have disproportionately supported a handful of commodity crops led by corn and soy.

These subsidies have driven down the cost of commodity crops,

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OBESITY: Farm subsidies make unhealthy food cheap

Columnist Kathleen Parker bemoans the idea of a “government-enforced nutritional mandate” (column, 5-22) while completely ignoring a conflicting role that our government plays in making us more obese and less healthy: the fact that U.S. agriculture policy makes poor eating habits an economically sensible choice by using our tax dollars to subsidize unhealthy foods over more nutritious ones.

Government subsidies for corn and soybeans make sugars and fats some of the cheapest foods to produce, and Big Ag has used its clout in Congress to ensure that billions in taxpayer subsidies continue going to high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils

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