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    Government involvement in Dieting/Obesity
    Kasamom posted:
    I think government should provide opportunities for helping people plan diet and exercise, if requested. It would really help if they made facilities available nationwide, payable under medicare, where doctors could refer clients, knowing they will not be turned away.
    Should the government be able to demand certain people participate in the government's idea of weight control? Never. IF it is not voluntary, compliance is greatly reduced.
    Should the government add help with diabetes diet and exercise? Yes, so little of what is currently available is within the financial grasp of too many people.
    bobby75703 responded:
    Walking is free.
    Push-ups are free.
    Crunches are free.
    Saying no to junk food is free.

    Education on diet and exercise is free. Books at the library or studying online. Its all available to everyone at no charge.

    All it takes is the desire and the will to act.

    A person could spend a bunch of money on gym memberships, but gym memberships don't fight obesity. A person's will to change fights obesity, and for that no money is required.

    bobby75703 replied to bobby75703's response:
    The only place I see gov't educating people on diet and exercise is to our children in the public school system.

    Its a matter of education programs within existing physical education and health classes.

    No additional money is needed, just rewrite whats being taught and how class time is spent.
    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP replied to bobby75703's response:
    Hi Boddy and I completely agree about educating children in the school system. This is a golden opportunity to teach kids about healthy lifestyle choices to include physical activity as well.

    Unfortunatley, most of the PE and health classes no longer exist. We need to shake up the system once again.

    Dr. Peeke
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP's response:
    Great post!

    Bobby, I wish there was a magic solution to encourage everyone to live the healthiest life possible. I think it starts in childhood with good parenting!

    Dr. Peeke - my daughter goes to an excellent public school in the Los Angeles area. But it thrives because of over-the-top parent involvement and fun raising.

    We raised over $300,000 last year to keep our fabulous PE Coach and buy 20 new computers and hire a teacher for weekly classes.

    It's worth all the work! But, again, motivation and initiative can't be forced...


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