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18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2013, 15:59 jdreyer
Fitness is 2/3 healthy eating, 1/3 exercise. It's nearly impossible to prevent obesity on exercise alone, unless you do something like Matt Inman, but much less than 1% of the population have the ability/inclination to do that. It's a 2.5 mile run or 5 mile walk to burn off a single candy bar.

We need to change our culture at a fundamental level, and no, you'll never change everyone, but you can have an impact on millions of people and reduce the overall percentages of obesity/over weight people, saving $billions in health / lost work /early death costs.

- Recently there's been a trend to reduce/eliminate PE and nutrition classes in school in favor of "hard" academics. We need to reverse this trend.

- The food industry spends $10b on advertising per year (and NOT on broccoli & carrots). We could place restrictions on unhealthy food advertising similar to those on alcohol and tobacco.

- Taxes on completely unnecessary "foods" like soda and chips. Make the cost of the foods reflect their costs to society.

- A well-funded campaign promoting healthy eating / exercise. Anti-smoking and drunk driving campaigns have had a demonstrable effect in the past. And we need some serious money to counter $10b in advertisting.
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