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Can a Whole City Stick
to a Diet? Fat Chance

Wall Street Journal, by Jennifer Levitz And Betsy McKay

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Posted By:Drive, 1/24/2013 9:36:22 AM

In hindsight, there were early hints that Boston´s citywide challenge to collectively lose one million pounds in a year faced slim odds. In June, a mere two months after the challenge began, the city kicked off "Fitness on the Plaza," a series of free exercise classes for the citizenry to work off its blubber. But the same week in the same place—City Hall Plaza—Boston tempted the sweet tooth by hosting the annual "Scooper Bowl," billed as the nation´s largest all-you-can-eat ice-cream festival, offering delicacies from Rockin´ Poppin´ Cotton Candy to Hunka Chunka PB Fudge. "A little mixed messaging," concedes Nick Martin,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 1/24/2013 9:46:09 AM     (No. 9136156)

As one contemplates the little joys in life that we no longer have, one orgies on the remaining delights still available to one. Once, we had freedoms to enjoy so many things. Over the years the goobernment has stripped us of those freedoms and the joy that came with those freedoms. So now, we have limited opportunities to stimulate our pleasure zones and thus engage in even more and more ravenous behavior when we can. Instead of trying to further limit or punish us for seeking pleasure in food, maybe goobernment should release us from so many restrictions on other activities. This would give us more choices and opportunities to derive pleasure and perhaps we wouldn’t choose to eat so much.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scilicit, 1/24/2013 11:04:51 AM     (No. 9136362)

To lose weight, quit smoking or drinking, or make other difficult changes, you have to want it yourself. You don´t do it for someone else, or you are destined to eventual failure.
At the same time, a lot of people sign up for these "causes" because they are "pleasers" and they want to feel a part of the "movement of the day." The immediate reward of being well thought of for joining in or relieving oneself of the social or organizational pressure to get on board satisfies an immediate need that has nothing to do with meeting a goal that is months away. Then they get on with their usual routines and duties.
No surprise the feel good goals do not work.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Safari Man, 1/24/2013 12:24:37 PM     (No. 9136604)

What´s the problem? The mayor should simply pass an ordinance/mandate requiring everyone to lose weight. This is a blue state, no? That should work for them.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: woodsman, 1/24/2013 3:14:46 PM     (No. 9137016)

Ever see the movie "cold turkey"?

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