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Can anyone else see this one coming?
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Just askin':
Startling new research has found that the way some people respond to food is very similar to the way substance abusers react to the drugs they're hooked on. Additionally, a number of experts believe that the level of food addiction in the United States may be epidemic. "Overeating and obesity kill at least 300,000 Americans every year due to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer," says Mark Gold, MD, of the division of addiction medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. "While no one knows exactly how many of those people might be food addicted, we estimate it's half of the total."
OMG ... we need (drum roll please) ... government intervention!

Of course, with these startling discoveries and the "need" for government to "help us" established (no matter how tentatively), the practiced pattern can begin anew:

-New "disease".

-New "victims" (they're addicted for heaven sake).

-New requirements for control - for your own good of course (you'll have to have a prescription to buy a hot dog, or at least government's ok. Hmmm ... food smuggling).

-New public funding to help the "victims" overcome the "addiction".

Any questions?
 
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I’m addicted to air, I guess.

Seriously. Who secretly replaced the fine America I used to be served with Idiot Crystals?
 
Written By: Robb Allen
URL: http://blog.robballen.com
It’ll get even worse: Food addicts will sue restaurants and franchises for exacerbating their addiction.

I’m wondering whether someone will come up with a food substitute — an equivalent to methadone.
 
Written By: steverino
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Does this mean we will now have a "War on (Some) Food"?

Who am I kidding. We already have that.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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It’ll get even worse: Food addicts will sue restaurants and franchises for exacerbating their addiction.
The big class-action and shareholder lawsuits have been very, very lucrative to certain lawyers (Edwards comes to mind), and those lawyers were among the biggest contributors to the Democratic party while that party lasted.

I think these interests have the fast food industry in their sights now, and a "scientific" finding that makes food addiction a medical disability would clear the way.

Just sayin.
 
Written By: Aldo
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Overeating and obesity kill at least 300,000
I wonder if this quote refers to the number of obesity-related deaths that the CDC revised down from 400,000 to 112,000.

Of course like the Lancet study, the activists cling to the bogus numbers.
 
Written By: Paul L
URL: http://kingdomofidiots.blogspot.com/
Wow, I didn’t realize I could be addicted to food! That’s it! I’m giving it up Cold Turkey.


CRAP! Now I have anorexia.

I just can’t win.
 
Written By: Shinobi
URL: http://liesandstatistics.blogspot.com
It’s called a culture of victimhood.
 
Written By: Bithead
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CRAP! Now I have anorexia.
Line of the day.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Startling new research has found that the way some people respond to food is very similar to the way substance abusers react to the drugs they’re hooked on.



Does this mean that we have underestimated the difficulty of moderating eating habits, or that we have exaggerated the difficulty of getting off some drugs?

I mean, obviously some drugs create a physical dependence that should not be minimized, but I wonder if the experience of being "hooked" on, say, pot, might not be more comparable to gluttony?

In addition to the drooling trial lawyers (no pun intended), there is a huge rehab industry out there with a vested financial interest in defining these kinds of problems as medical, rather than willpower issues.
 
Written By: Aldo
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I’m wondering whether someone will come up with a food substitute ...
It’s called "McDonalds."
 
Written By: Terry
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Any questions?
Yeah, where do I get my check? Should I just take the money directly out of your wallet, or do I need a waiting period?
 
Written By: Ryan
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Look at the trend to scoreless sports, banning of dodge ball, emphasis on self esteem rather than accomplishment, and you can see a trend. The “Smother Love” of those who know what is best for the rest of us, will soon have the population placed in “stasis chambers” so no harm can passably come to anybody.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
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Overeating and obesity kill at least 300,000 Americans every year due to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. . .
Someone (whose name I can’t recall) once said: "You’re going to look awfully silly dying of nothing."
 
Written By: JMD
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Subsidies for high fructose corn syrups are unlikely to be threatened and the taxpayers will end up paying to provide a remedy for the problem they are subsidizing.
 
Written By: unaha-closp
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I... I’m so ashamed...

I’ve been addicted to food since theday I was born... I try to stop, but every day I break down and eat food three times a day...

And then...

And then I drink liquids..

God help me, I’m so weak...
 
Written By: Scott
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God help me, I’m so weak...
The first step to recovery is acceptance Scott.
 
Written By: meagain
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Someone (whose name I can’t recall) once said: "You’re going to look awfully silly dying of nothing."
I think that was Redd Foxx, not 100% sure, though.

I’m wondering whether someone will come up with a food substitute ...
It’s called "McDonalds."
Touche. But for the substitute to work — a la methadone — it’s got to do less damage than what it’s replacing :)


Let us eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we will diet.

 
Written By: steverino
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