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Gary Varvel

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  1. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago

    By 2030, the Lancet estimates that 164 million Americans will be obese. Not fat, obese. This will be about 1/2 the population of the country. How many cases of diabetes could be avoided if only we would eat properly and get just a little exercise? Health care is expensive enough without being willfully self-destructive.

  2. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    @I Play One On TV

    Interesting you bring that up. I ride with a couple of doctor’s that are constantly telling us (we’re the 50 & up class) the benefits of diet and exercise with regard to aging. Personally I think most of us are addicted to bike riding, but that’s another story.

    I have long contended that this “artificial sense of urgency” that we build into our lives contributes heavily to our bad diets, lack of exercise and lazy personal habits. Add to that a generally hedonistic lifestyle that comes from living in an affluent country and you have the ingredients for the obesity they present above. We are driven by convenience to fit into our “hectic” lifestyles and constantly rationalize we must eat fast food, don’t have time to cook, work out etc.

    I am 66 and my GP is very direct about senior citizenship, health, lifestyle etc: “it’s all about quality of life and maintenance from here on out, and that’s almost all up to you.”

  3. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 4 years ago

    Some heavy people I speak with mention the urges to eat. The very real feelings they have are they will suffer permanent damage if they do not eat NOW.
    This feeling they have is real and when it its going on reason is not involved, they HAVE to eat.
    Education and training while young and growing sets the habits for later life. It is extremely hard to teach that old dog brand new tricks.
    All my children are thin without real effort as adults, their heavier cousins struggle against habits they cannot control.

  4. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Stayed thin in working years, in the field a lot, and started packing on some pounds, thought I was getting “fat” with a BMI mid-25. Now back down to 24 range after recent increase in exercise, and decrease in food intake, more in keeping with lower metabolism at 68. Need to watch my dachshund as well, he’s 13, so we walk together, but boy does he give me the evil eye if I reduce HIS food portions!!

  5. Anweir88

    Anweir88 said, almost 4 years ago

    I take these studies with a load of salt (I know, bad for me…). I’m 6’1", 235 lbs and by the medical definition, am obese. I’m also a 25 year career military officer who runs, plays sports, skis, does martial arts, and passes his fitness test every year. While I may have added a few extra pounds over the years, I certainly don’t look like the guys in the cartoon. And yet… I’m told by the docs that I’m obese.

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…”

  6. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    The primary culprit seems to be sugar/high fructose corn syrup.
    Of course we also know that government should have NO role in the health of its citizens. Tthe free market will take care of everything.

  7. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, almost 4 years ago

    Its a lifestyle choice. We should not stand in the way of their pursuit of happiness. Also, their obesity should have no effect on my healthcare costs, but now that we have the government paying for people’s healthcare, I’m sure it will.

  8. ODon

    ODon said, almost 4 years ago


    Con – Your last sentence indicates you think you’re not contributing now to those who are obese. What are you smoking? Of course smoking is another lifestyle choice, which creates more problems, that we all help finance.

  9. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago


    I’m afraid your last sentence is incorrect. You have been paying for the negative effects of poor health habits. If you have private insurance (socialist!), your premium increases are in part because you are paying for others on your plan who need health care that could have been avoided. If not, as a taxpayer, you are doing the same with contributions to Medicaid and to Medicare. And Obamacare is not “the government paying for people’s healthcare”, it is a corporate welfare program which forces people to buy private insurance; the only likely differences in cost to you personally would be that your costs SHOULD go down, as the risk will now be spread over a larger pool of contributors. They are unlikely to go down for two reasons: one is that the insurance companies can’t dump the people who would need care onto Emergency rooms, and also Free Market Economics say that when you have a captive audience, you can charge whatever you damn well please. Expect your rates to go up; it will be termed “unfortunate, but unavoidable”.

  10. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago

    I will agree that we could find a better way to determine obesity. Certainly, there are people who can only be described as “skinny” who have a high BMI. That said, we’re picking at nits. Walk down any street any day and you can easily see a large percentage of the people you see who are headed for significant health problems. Whether they are clinically obese or whatever name you choose to use, they are a financial tsunami waiting to happen.

    Someone mentioned that we’re 16 trillion in debt. When you’re in debt, you reduce unnecessary spending. The best investment we can make for our society is to choose not to cost it any more than we have to.

    The Republicans at the Iowa caucuses used many tricks to lure voters. One of them was serving Deep Fried Butter. I recommend that we all be suspicious of anyone who tells us they know how best to handle our health care needs, while feeding us food that even babies would rightly refuse to eat.

  11. Larry

    Larry said, almost 4 years ago

    So where is this cartoon supposed to take place? A USA street scene? OK, are the mother and child visitors?
    If citizens, they would be fat also. Look out the window.

  12. Rottiluv

    Rottiluv said, almost 4 years ago


    And now they’re talking about lowering the “overweight” number to 23.
    Michael Phelps is overweight
    Ryan Lochte is morbidly obese
    Want to try and keep up with them for 48 hours?
    But hey, why work out when you can just develop an eating disorder? We all need someone to point and laugh at and anybody other than fat people would be politically incorrect.

  13. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 4 years ago


    Who’s laughing? I’m not making fun, I’m pointing out a true health issue. I see patients all day who have more meds than you can count, and many of them could be avoided with better eating and exercise. If you don’t care about health, you ought to care about cost.

  14. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Yes, Matt, muscle DOES weigh more per “volume” than fat, but it’s hard to accept that Chris Christy is just “big boned”.

  15. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    “None of the BMI calculations take into account muscular weight which is much higher per unit volume than fat .”

    The number of people that would be the exception, as your son is, would be so small to be statistically insignificant.

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