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2/20/12 9:14 A

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I think a lot of people have convinced themselves that they are indestructible. Nothing they do has any consequences and if the worst happens some magic pill will just fix it.

My company is self insured and for years we had free health insurance. Now we are required to pay part of our premium, but you get a discount if you are a non-smoker. You get an additional 20% discount if you pass the healthy living exam. It is a full physical with blood tests and a weigh-in. This is a voluntary program and some people just pay full price, but if you join in they provide corporate nurses, training programs, we have company running teams, and weight loss challenges. We have a vending machine, but they provide free bananas and apples. They are also the ones that showed me this site. I wish every insurance company did this. If the American health care industry was focused on prevention instead of selling us pills we would be a much happier and healthier people.

Boy I do love to ramble on. My point was we don't need more laws, we get plenty of the stick already. I think it is time someone stood up and showed us the carrot. I think most people will make good choices if you show them what they are and make it easy for them.

Rob

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2/17/12 5:08 P

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I think it is denial and not a conscious choice to face death. It's tough to make someone see what they do not want to see.



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2/17/12 4:42 P

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To me the point isn't should we or should we not pass laws against this or shut down the restaurant. There's nothing to stop a person from going to McDonald's today and ordering 16 cheeseburgers and eating them all by himself. Laws only take you so far. I can also go to the grocery store and load up on butter and bacon and cheese and eat it to my heart's discontent. Are we going to hire grocery checkout police to make sure we're not buying too many "bad" foods?

The point is where is the personal responsibility and self-respect? Where is the desire to live a healthful life? What about honoring the temple of a body God gave you? Whatever happened to choosing nutritious foods?

This may be a little "out there"... but as I'm writing this, a new thought is forming: for all of us who became overweight, probably a very big contributing factor was plain and simple that we love food too much! We ate too much because it tastes so good, brings some comfort... But... when it gets to a point where your health is affected -- whether you're morbidly obese or just starting to have health issues because of your weight -- and you still choose to overeat or eat too much of the bad kinds of foods, does it become less about the pleasure of food and almost an issue of choosing... (I hate to say this)..... choosing death? If you're facing a whole host of medical issues because of your weight, and you still choose to eat horribly (like this guy with his heart attack burger), are you in effect choosing between life and death? Or... do you think people in that situation are so in denial about their health and their mortality that they're just going to eat what they want to eat and not think about the consequences?

Sorry... getting kinda deep on a Friday afternoon.... it just really made me think! What do you think?

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2/17/12 4:41 P

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On helmets- If I were to hit a person on a motorcycle accidentally of course, I wouldn't want his preventable death on MY conscience for the rest of my life.
Like second hand smoke his helmet effects me.
I don't believe in banning restaurants or food but I believe in educating the people that eat there. Then if they don't want to take care of themselves so be it.

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2/17/12 4:09 P

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laws can not be made to make us live the way "they want us to live ".to many rules . stay out of my life let me be the judge of what i want to do with :"me".. I had heard that they wanted the place to shut down . this is wrong they are not going out and forcing people to come in and eat at the end of a gun .we wear helments when we ride our harley . safety first .

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2/17/12 8:45 A

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First let me say I am glad the man is OK. I do have to admit when I first heard this story I almost fell out of my chair laughing. Come on, a guy goes to the heart attack grill, eat enough fatty food to feed a small village and has a heart attack. If you can't laugh when life hits you right in the face with an irony pie, when can you. No, I don't think we need more laws to stop people from doing stupid things. Heck the state of Texas allows me to legally ride my motorcycle 75 miles an hours without a helmet. Now if I am ever stupid enough to do this I would expect all of you to get a good belly laugh out of it. 50 year old man riding without helmet falls off his motorcycle and dies on his way to a motorcycle safety class.

Sometimes you just have to say, wow, that was so incredible stupid that it's funny!

Rob

I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
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2/16/12 11:06 P

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I think it's a shame that some people have a sense of pride, sort of a slap in the face of death -- "Hey, I can eat whatever I want! I'm invincible! I'll eat the heart attack burger! HAHAHA!"

Yep, we can eat whatever we want, but guess what - we don't get to live forever. That this is a shock to anyone, including the oversized man who chose to eat this grotesque amount of fatty food, is disturbing and appalling.

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2/16/12 8:57 P

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It's a shame that some folks did not recognize the seriousness of the man's condition. I suppose they thought it was a promotional stunt.



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2/16/12 8:36 P

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We are the CEO of ourselves...........we have the responsibility to choose what we do.

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2/16/12 6:44 P

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maybe. I just feel as if I don't need another "big brother" telling me what to do, let alone what to eat or drink. Our government has too much control over our communistic country as it is :o) LOL

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2/16/12 6:08 P

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The restaurant makes people sign a waiver to eat there but I honestly feel the health department or food regulators shouldn't allow that type of place to be open in the first place. I know people have the right to eat where ad what they want, but some people simply don't have common sense.



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2/16/12 5:50 P

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wow! I cannot believe some of the comments on that site. People can be so mean and nasty. Poor guy...One should know better than to eat that way. Poor restaurant! Having someone become ill like that.



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2/16/12 5:31 P

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This happened at the Heart Attack Grill where they taped a TV show about extreme burgers.

www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/900
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