November 9, 2009 9:44:00 AM
A poster to your Web site expressed concern for people that are "slightly obese." We have to be politically correct and not call people "fat;" also, we have to use polite words like "high sugar" or "high blood." You speak of education. Have you ever tried to educate a person addicted to cigarettes or alcohol to quit? If so, it is like talking to a brick wall.
Years ago, I weighed over 259 pounds, with high blood pressure and shortness of breath. Why did I change my eating habits? Because I wanted to be able to breath freely and live longer. I dropped to 182 pounds. How? By stopping "cold turkey" all cokes, chips, ice cream and candy, cakes, and pies. Today, at 69 years old, I am healthy. For when I go to the grocery store, I first stop at the produce section for apples, tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries. The next items are old-fashioned oats, cream of wheat, chuck meat, cheese, and yogurt. I feel that the food killers are grease, white sugar, and salt. Cut these and you will live long enough to play with your grandchildren and your great-grandchildren.
Clark Williams, West Point
No Laffin Fatter commented at 11/9/2009 2:38:00 PM:
You are right about the PC. There's a real skinny girl in our office, and everyone tells her she needs to be eating. There is severely obese woman, and nobody ever tells her to quit eating doughnuts in the morning.
Try to tell someone they are too fat, and then tell someone else they are too skinny and post the results.
JC commented at 11/9/2009 5:10:00 PM:
No grease, white sugar, or salt? You might survive a long time but I wouldn't call it "living."
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