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Obesity Poses a Greater Threat to Public Health Than Smoking: Agree?

Daryl 2012/07/19 16:00:00
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Most Americans say obesity is an "extremely" or "very serious" problem to society. In fact, 81 person of Americans think it, which is much greater than the 69 percent compared to the 2005 Gallup poll. Americans now see obesity as a more serious societal issue than cigarettes -- a change from the past.

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  • Libertys Martyr 2012/07/19 18:51:02
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Libertys Martyr
    +11
    We should all strive to be as healthy as our vices will allow. If you over-eat or smoke, at least be active and get some exercise. Try to find the yin to your yang or something like that.

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  • David Fallout 2012/07/19 16:57:05
    David
    +1
    Probably, but its not going to have a direct affect on my health by standing next to an obese individual unless my toe is trodden on!
  • Fallout David 2012/07/19 17:00:59
    Fallout
    +1
    Flat toe can be pretty rough ; )
  • David Fallout 2012/07/19 17:04:25 (edited)
    David
    +1
    I like my toes nicely rounded!

    I have had horses step on my toes from time to time and that's not very pleasant!
  • Fallout David 2012/07/19 17:40:16
  • juicebox07 David 2012/07/19 17:21:52
    juicebox07
    +2
    I have to agree with this. My mom smoked in the house for 18 years. Being a kid, I had no choice in the matter but to deal with it and breathe it all in. Sometimes I have trouble breathing now.
  • David juicebox07 2012/07/19 20:24:58
    David
    Sorry to hear that!
  • w2xad juicebox07 2012/07/19 21:04:26
    w2xad
    Sorry about that.
  • Diana David 2012/07/19 17:50:40
    Diana
    +2
    Perhaps, But usually if the parents are obese the (small) children are as well. So in a way there is such a thing as second hand obesity.
  • David Diana 2012/07/19 20:34:31
    David
    +1
    A good point!

    However there may be other factors at work.

    1 A genetic propensity towards being over weight.

    2 Poor dietry habits of parents!
  • Diana David 2012/07/19 23:21:58
    Diana
    +1
    Yes and no usually children have a very high metabolism which slows as you age. There are few genetic issues that would cause a 4 year old to weigh as much as a 12 year old. Poor habits trickle down and to make matters worse children at that age cannot revolt against their parent. You don't question that your parents are making poor choices until you reach a certain age. At that point it's too late.
  • Scott C 2012/07/19 16:17:34
    No, smoking is a greater threat.
    Scott C
    Obesity is self a contained condition while smoking not only destroys self but those who inhale second hand smoke. This is not to say that obesity is not dangerous and does not need to be considered as life threatening to the point where intervention is needed - it's only to point out that one is of greater danger than the other.
  • Racefish 2012/07/19 16:10:23
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Racefish
    +4
    Diabetes, heart problems, Sleep Apnea, Phlebitis, COPD, and more.
  • Golden Panther 2012/07/19 15:35:52
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Golden Panther
    +1
    I am not certain about this. However, a good test would be to see if obumbo, the smoker, outlasts his witch wife, the obese one.
  • w2xad 2012/07/19 14:11:36
    No, smoking is a greater threat.
    w2xad
    +2
    they forgot obese and smoking together!
  • Fallout w2xad 2012/07/19 16:47:35
    Fallout
    That's the double bubble.
  • Marianne 2012/07/19 14:06:04
    No, smoking is a greater threat.
    Marianne
    +2
    Probably not; it is approximately the same risk.
  • MrsJJS 2012/07/19 07:31:04
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    MrsJJS
    +2
    I saw this coming a few years ago when the Health Police came for the smokers and put their bans in place...No smoking indoors, now there's no smoking outdoors either. Even the Obamacare says states that no one is permitted to be charged through the nose for insurance due to pre-exisiting- except smokers and people who are obese if they do not participate in wellness programs.
  • rootbeer29 2012/07/19 06:17:08
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    rootbeer29
    A friend on a job interview was required to perform three sit ups.

    Will the obese be denied jobs?
  • Fallout rootbeer29 2012/07/19 16:49:01
    Fallout
    +1
    Only if they cannot reach the keyboard from the office chair.
  • Peggy 2012/07/19 04:01:23
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Peggy
    +3
    Even though I totally disagree with smoking and find it an expensive, disgusting habit more people are obese than that of smokers. Parents who feed their children "Happy Meals" everyday and no vegetables, children who play video games and not play outside and exercise are definitely of more danger than the person who chooses to light up.
  • Fallout Peggy 2012/07/19 16:50:06
    Fallout
    +1
    Let's call them "Crappy Meals."
  • Peggy Fallout 2012/07/20 00:01:22
    Peggy
    Yes, but kids really think that is great food. I think it is ok on occasion.
  • Fallout Peggy 2012/07/20 04:17:04
    Fallout
    That kind of food and the experience are like crack for kids. Once they
    are hooked on the piggy food its almost impossible to drive by a dealer
    without the child getting cravings.

    Nothing makes a kid happier than concentrated fat, sugar, and salt.
    Throw in a decorated smiling mascot and some kid friendly interior
    decoration, and you have an addict.
  • Peggy Fallout 2012/07/20 12:01:19
    Peggy
    +1
    Throw in Dunkin Donuts or Baskin Robbins and my husband is an addict.
  • ☆ElenaDiamond☆ 2012/07/19 02:50:30
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    ☆ElenaDiamond☆
    +4
    I agree. I don't want fat laws though. People are going to have to learn poor discipline has consequences.
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/07/19 01:13:57
    No, smoking is a greater threat.
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +2
    guess we fat people need to be herded up and sent to camps....for our own good , of course...no doubt that is the prevailing thinking of those that voted for obama
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/07/19 01:12:18
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    Obesity is on the rise... smoking is declining. Fewer and fewer people are smoking, and in less public spaces. Also, with obesity, the more fat people we have around us, the more likely we are to become fat (seriously, look it up, it's been proven that being around fat people increases your risk of becoming fat).
  • MW121 2012/07/19 00:05:36
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    MW121
    +3
    I think there's probably more fat people today than people that smoke..
  • Moonage 2012/07/18 23:36:17
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Moonage
    +3
    I smoked for 30 years. Only quit because it got too expensive to enjoy. I play 30 - 60 minutes of basketball every single day and I'm going to bet I'm old enough to be the dad of most people on this board. I still think the health dangers of smoking were way over-rated and the dangers of sugars and obesity way under-rated.
  • Fef 2012/07/18 23:21:31
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Fef
    +4
    Socialism harms public health and liberty more than either
  • Inquisi... Fef 2012/07/19 01:13:30
    Inquisitve Kat
    I'm surprised to see this kind of thing from you... you usually give sensible answers that are on topic.
  • Fef Inquisi... 2012/07/19 02:18:55
    Fef
    +4
    Perhaps I jumped into the politics too quickly without a segue...

    The story leads to the government imposing its health laws on us through "sin/fat" taxes, outlawing sugary drinks, etc...

    Socialism harms people. It impoverishes people and forces them to eat poorly or starve (NoKo). And socialism certainly deprives people of liberty.
  • Inquisi... Fef 2012/07/19 03:19:24
    Inquisitve Kat
    Ah, I see your point clearly now. :-)
  • Peggy Fef 2012/07/19 04:04:20
    Peggy
    +1
    absolutely agree, It should be our choice to die by chocolate, smoking or mother's milk, (remember it causes cancer)
  • Torchma... Fef 2012/07/20 14:53:37
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    I strongly agree, based on the evidence.
  • dr9nfly 2012/07/18 23:18:20
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    dr9nfly
    +2
    I also think that being obese affects people sooner than smoking. Smoking may not affect you until your a lot older where beng obese is going affect you now.
  • Jenni 2012/07/18 23:14:35 (edited)
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Jenni
    +2
    It just seems to be a bigger threat.
  • Mark In Irvine 2012/07/18 23:14:07
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Mark In Irvine
    +4
    apparently this is true, as more people are obese than smoke ...
  • Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC 2012/07/18 23:09:20
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Nam Era Vet #1 DNA TLC
    +1
    Great post ART thanks
  • Daryl 2012/07/18 23:08:08
    Yes, obesity is a greater threat.
    Daryl
    +5
    That being said, exercise and try not to smoke.

    work out smoke free

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