Absolutely not. I've learned the hard way to stay out of other peoples' relationships, good or bad. I wouldn't say anything unless I was asked, but really what goes on between people should stay between them. I wouldn't want to be told.
I'm the queen of putting my head in the sand intentionally with this kind of thing, though, and usually if there's something going on or if I think there is, I try to distance myself from it.View Thread
I've never gotten that whole thing either. Quite frankly I've never seen what's "quicker" about fast food when it's equally quick to go to the grocery store, grab a can of fruit, a stick of cheese and a small pack of nuts for a good travel snack, to say nothing of a rotisserie chicken or good cold cuts sandwich some offer.View Thread
I think it's extremely disingenuous to go into a fast food restaurant and then say "Golly, nothing here is healthy!", well, no kidding. You just went into the kingdom of BURGERS, not salads, what did you expect?
It would be akin to regulating what grocery stores could sell, there's healthier and fattier, but you fill up your cart. At fast food chains, there are healthier and fattier options, but you ultimately order.
That being said, it should be more transparent, with calories posted. I think anything that helps people make a reasonable choice should be easier to find, and every other food product a person buys does have the nutritional values right on it.
I don't need to be told what to do by Ronald McDonald, though, and if I want to eat a large fry, I want to still have that option.View Thread
That's weird, I looked through my post a few times and didn't see where I said anything about people who gain weight through medication.
But for the record, I don't think they should stop taking their medication. I think as part of any program that utilizes a nutritionist, medication would come up. I think at that point it would make sense to re-evaluate the weight gain vs. the tangible benefit of that medication and what other alternatives could be to treat both the weight and the underlying medical issue.
Exercise and a more balanced diet would help lessen the symptoms of depression and anxiety, too, and it's a lot of anti-depressants that cause weight gain.View Thread
Those are two totally different situations, though.
The state can't come in without evidence, and some abusers are good at hiding what they do, especially when children are at pre-communicative ages.
A child at 200 lbs. is a clear, obvious sign of abuse. And how long do you think it would take that child to have their first heart attack? That child was slowly being killed by the forks and spoons of his mother. It was easy to point to that child and say "Look at what's happening, this situation is not improving, something needs to be done immediately".
Just because every child isn't saved shouldn't negate the effort to save some.View Thread
Getting hit by a car is something that happens to a person.
Choosing to scarf down excess calories without burning them off through exercise is a choice that someone makes, daily and consistently, enough to be a risk to themselves.
That being said, BMI isn't enough of a "true" indicator of weight for me to believe that people who have a high BMI should be penalized. I think people with high BMIs should get MORE benefits towards helping their weight loss goals, cheaper gym memberships, access to detailed nutritional information and nutritionists. I think they should pay more for these services, not just more in general.
However, once someone has had these benefits and not utilized them, they should continue to pay extra because they are more statistically likely to cost more.
I think people deserve more of an option than what they have now to GET healthy, but I think once someone has made the choice to be a liability despite getting help, why should other people be penalized?View Thread
I think genetics play a role in obesity, and there can definitely be mental health issues and glandular issues at work, too. But it's a parents job not to let medical problems fester in their child, and I think a parent who lets their eight year old get over 200 lbs. is simply asleep at the switch.
I think it's abuse if you don't help your child win a battle with weight, especially to the extent of the example given. An extra ten pounds, even an extra few more than that as kids get into their pre-teens isn't a huge deal, as long as they're being taught about health and are physically active. But once your child is two or three times the size of their playmates and you aren't seeking help through their pediatrician, you just don't give enough of a damn.View Thread