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30. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2013, 19:40 Agent.X7
sauron wrote on Aug 19, 2013, 17:20:
Agent.X7 wrote on Aug 19, 2013, 16:46:
Personally, I don't think we should do anymore than we already do to educate people about healthy eating. You get a good dose of that in school and on early education programs. We just need to make people who are too lazy to do anything about it pay more in medical costs.

I can see where you're coming from, but the poorest sector of the population is the most likely to be obese. They're already on Medicaid/Medicare. The system's already paying their costs. Educating these folks is cheaper than treating them later. It's also why NYC sponsors fresh fruit carts in poor neighborhoods like Harlem, where I live.

Actually, it's funny, two blocks away from my building there's a greasy dog/burger cart and a fresh fruit cart. Always a line at the former, never a soul at the latter. You can't even give the fruit away. And even the kids from the area that go to good schools and have fantastic grades still eat bad. They're educated in every other way but the diet is the last to sink in.

Here's a simple truth that a couple of you are missing: THESE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO BE EDUCATED. They just don't care. You could lecture them for an hour about HFCS and sugar and fruit, and then let them choose between 1/2 pound of deep fried Oreos and an apple and guess what they would choose? Sure, they don't want to be obese, but they also don't want to have to work at all to not be obese.
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