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04:15 AM on 06/13/2012
dieting is better.
11:00 PM on 06/12/2012
Bullying is never acceptable however I admire the first's lady's campaign to to encourage children to exercise more. 77% of overweight children become obese adults vs. 7% of normal children. Everything I've read about Let's Move seems to indicate that all children are encouraged to exercise more and eat better.
Clearly this is a sensitive issue and handling it in appropriately will discourage the obese from exercising. Ultimately I think we have to accept that encouraging people to improve their diet and exercise isn't bullying. I also think we need to be mindful that personal attacks rarely create the desired result.
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05:04 PM on 06/12/2012
I think health comes first. I want to be healthy, and this means that I have to watch what I eat, I do portion control, I try to be as healthy as I can. Of course, my waist line is not the one I would love to have, but, as long as it is at healthy levels, I will put up with it.
Also, how can you say that Michelle Obama is a bully? far from that, I think she's been doing a great job at trying to make people move their bodies, we're too sedentary.
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You well heeled big wheel, ha ha, charade you are
01:57 PM on 06/12/2012
While I totally agree that "it's okay to be fat", I do believe that health is a concern. If you are not eating the right foods, and you start having health problems, that's not necessarily okay. Also, if you choose to carry extra weight, you will be giving up other activities that require physical exertion and risk joint problems.

As far as dieting goes, that is a huge problem with a lot of people I know. My wife tried many diets to try to lose weight. She would just yo yo steadily gaining more weight to the next "diet". Finally 4 years ago, she made a lifestyle change and started an exercise program and a vegetarian lifestyle. She has lost 70 pounds, and is most happy with the way she feels, not looks.

It would be great if everyone was comfortable with themselves and each other. Yes, television and movies make it okay to ridicule overweight individuals. I just don't think it is good to say "it is okay to give up".