Is The Average American a Complete Id...

Is The Average American a Complete Idiot ?

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Informed Opinion

Bonita Springs, FL

#1 Sep 22, 2012
A recent paper published revealed:

- Over 36 percent of all Americans are obese. It is being projected that number will rise to 42 percent by 2030, yet we subsidize agribusiness to grow corn, which we use for sweeteners and to feed cattle, the very high calorie, low value foods that cause obesity.

- Medical costs related to obesity in the United States are estimated to be approximately $147 billion a year, yet simply exercising more and eating healthier foods can prevent 60% of this obesity and related diabetes.

- All over America, our infrastructure is crumbling, yet we anticipate spending over $1 Trillion of U.S. Taxpayers dollars repairing and improving the infrastructure in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq.

- The average American watches 28 hours of television every week, yet 36% cannot spell the words television documentary, 68% admit not even knowing the channel number of CSPAN or National Geographic in their area,

- 88% of Americans exercise less than one hour a week, and 84% admit its been over two years since they read an actual book.

- U.S. corporations sell more fast food and more soda than anyone else in the world by a very wide margin, almost all high calorie fat, salt, starch and sugar combinations that further exacerbate obesity.

- The average American drinks more than 600 sodas every single year. That is by far the most in the world. Both natural and artificially sweetened sodas are linked to cancer, diabetes, malnutrition, and, of course, obesity.

- Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese, has the highest rates of diabetes, and the fastest rate of growth for Type I and Type II Diabetes.

- Americans take more prescription drugs than anyone else on the planet, and spend more on ant-depressants than any other people.

- The United States has the highest rate of illegal drug use in the entire world, and imprisons a higher percentage of its citizens than any other nation on the planet, the major category for imprisonment being drug related offenses.

- The United States has the highest divorce rate in the world by a very wide margin.

- According to one study, one out of every four teen girls in the United States has at least one sexually transmitted disease, and the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate on the entire globe.

- The United States has the highest child abuse death rate on the entire globe.

- Consumer debt in America has increased by a staggering 1700% since 1971.

Are we a nation of uneducated, lazy, drug addled morons,
giving ourselves and our children obesity by gorging on fat and carbohydrates at the fast food restaurants, washed down with gallons of sugary soda,
and when we aren't beating them,
causing them brain damage with our addition to "brain dead" TV shows ?

“Dont care how you did it in FL”

Since: Oct 11

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#2 Sep 22, 2012
Its all about the food kids eat nowadays and the video games, computers, phones, tablets and other junk that keeps em in da house.

Since: May 12

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#3 Sep 22, 2012
Timmy_ wrote:
Its all about the food kids eat nowadays and the video games, computers, phones, tablets and other junk that keeps em in da house.
You are right. Also parents that have no concept of what their kids should be eating, and in denial about their kids weight. I can see kids at restaurants that are severely overweight, and wonder if the parents see something different.
Old Timer

Haines City, FL

#4 Sep 22, 2012
If you voted for Obama in 2008 you're an idiot........if you still plan to vote for him and his socialist / marxist ways you are a traitor.......Obama gone 2012

Since: Sep 12

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#5 Sep 23, 2012
Turniptown I do agree, but now lets talk about what the TV brings our way, I know cause I have caught myself in the past. We work 40 plus hours aweek, so we look for the easy way out. We are shown commercials about Fast Easy Dinners, we use shortcuts and take the easy way out. Now I cook more then I used to and I also incorporate excercise into my cleaning house and even help outside in yardwork. TV makes obese people even feel more down because they promoted skinny as beautiful and heavy as ugly. I am not making excuses, but lets do away with hours of TV to about a couple a day and lets see what happens to our nation.
thanksso

Dawsonville, GA

#6 Sep 23, 2012
Yes, Americans are mostly idiots. Not sure all of what was written was fact, but I am guessing most was. How many smoke, don't get educated, care more about what Paris Hilton is up to and are otherwise just fools. Just look around Walmart here. Look at the fat people, horrible food being purchased, reading material being sold, stupid consumer products being bought up like singing deer heads. Never mind stupid politics. Look at what we will get for president. Both are owned by the elites money. We just get to pick the less horrible choice because most Americans once again are lazy and uninformed and will never let a quality candidate get to any high office. It comes down to a few empty soundbites dumbed down for the dumb masses. You are just as much a fool voting for Obama as Romney. Sorry....just reality. Most first world countries laugh at Americans and consider american tourists fat, lazy, loud and a joke. And those are our better citizens. The fat, smoking, nscar, tabloid following crowd is hardly the international traveler.
Informed Opinion

United States

#7 Sep 23, 2012
thanksso wrote:
Yes, Americans are mostly idiots. Not sure all of what was written was fact, but I am guessing most was. How many smoke, don't get educated, care more about what Paris Hilton is up to and are otherwise just fools. Just look around Walmart here. Look at the fat people, horrible food being purchased, reading material being sold, stupid consumer products being bought up like singing deer heads. Never mind stupid politics. Look at what we will get for president. Both are owned by the elites money. We just get to pick the less horrible choice because most Americans once again are lazy and uninformed and will never let a quality candidate get to any high office. It comes down to a few empty soundbites dumbed down for the dumb masses. You are just as much a fool voting for Obama as Romney. Sorry....just reality. Most first world countries laugh at Americans and consider american tourists fat, lazy, loud and a joke. And those are our better citizens. The fat, smoking, nscar, tabloid following crowd is hardly the international traveler.
Good points.

Americans love welfare- as long as it goes to corporations- even if it kills their own children.

We subsidize agribusiness, yes the bulk goes to corporations, not actual farmers, to grow more corn than we can ever use.

Then having all the extra corn, we developed corn sugar as a sweetener and as cattle feed to use some of the extra corn grown because we subsidize growing corn.(Corporate socialism at work).

Corn sugar is directly linked to the increase in juvenile and adult onset diabetes.

The cane sugar people complained and so now we subsidize cane sugar too. Cane sugar is directly linked to juvenile and adult onset diabetes.

Then, even though it causes diabetes, the Ag Department developed programs to encourage the sale of corn sugar and cane sugar to fast food corporations to constantly make their drinks larger and sweeter;

and the cattle companies used the subsidized corn as cattle food to sell beef to fast food corporations at even higher profits.

The fast food corporations made their serving sizes bigger and bigger,
because the subsidized beef and subsidized soda makes it ever more profitable to sell triple bacon cheese burgers on white bread buns, washed down with 297 oz. sugar water flavored to taste a little like soda.

2,700 calories of fat, sugar, and starch, and almost no nutrition.

Agribusiness and fast food corporations internalize the profits realized.

Taxpayers pay the costs of the externalities - sick and dying kids and adults.

But hey, it's easier than cooking healthy meals at home, and leaves more time to watch brain numbing reality shows on the TeeVee.
Just Mike

Dawsonville, GA

#8 Sep 23, 2012
Informed Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>
IO... this may be one of the few times I disagree with you. I would dispute anybody that attempts to "blame" ANYTHING/anybody other than PARENTS for their children's obesity. Don't blame McDonalds, corn producers, soda companies, online game makers or television for LOUSY PARENTING.

What I see today's (and the past 20 years) parents doing is "negotiating" with their children... heaven forbid they be "disliked" for a while by laying down "the law" or saying "NO". Parenting is a tough business when done right... but most take the easy, WRONG path with bribery, avoiding conflict, and letting their children do or have mostly whatever they want... which in most cases isn't what they NEED.

Your comments make it seem like parents don't have CHOICES- they most certainly DO. Don't blame others for the fact that they don't make the TOUGH choices, but rather the ones that will make them most "popular" with their kids.

Regarding your overall question about most Americans... I'm afraid the answer is "yes", and the list you provided (most of which educated folks are already aware) scares the hell out of me! Until society in general recognizes that there should always be "difficult" circumstances for, and consequences to not CONTRIBUTING to society or making the tough, BETTER choices, we will be doomed. We CANNOT take care of EVERYBODY... especially with the "entitled" attitudes most (both wealthy and poor) have today.

Forget "politics"... we should ALL shelve our egos for a moment and ask ourselves "Am I (personally) doing all I can (reasonably) do to make things better for America?" Seems to me that the most politically vocal voices I hear want government to somehow "fix" for them what they themselves put little effort or make zero personal sacrifice to make better themselves.

Off my soapbox now... just so frustrating- sorry if I offended.

“Dont care how you did it in FL”

Since: Oct 11

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#9 Sep 23, 2012
We needs to go back to da old way make the youngins work in the garden and grow their own food.
Mtn Girl

Jefferson, GA

#10 Sep 23, 2012
"Most first world countries laugh at Americans and consider american tourists fat, lazy, loud and a joke. And those are our better citizens. The fat, smoking, nscar, tabloid following crowd is hardly the international traveler."

HUH?

Better citizens?

How do you know where the NASCAR crowd travels?

“Dont care how you did it in FL”

Since: Oct 11

Location hidden

#12 Sep 23, 2012
thanksso wrote:
Yes, Americans are mostly idiots. Not sure all of what was written was fact, but I am guessing most was. How many smoke, don't get educated, care more about what Paris Hilton is up to and are otherwise just fools. Just look around Walmart here. Look at the fat people, horrible food being purchased, reading material being sold, stupid consumer products being bought up like singing deer heads. Never mind stupid politics. Look at what we will get for president. Both are owned by the elites money. We just get to pick the less horrible choice because most Americans once again are lazy and uninformed and will never let a quality candidate get to any high office. It comes down to a few empty soundbites dumbed down for the dumb masses. You are just as much a fool voting for Obama as Romney. Sorry....just reality. Most first world countries laugh at Americans and consider american tourists fat, lazy, loud and a joke. And those are our better citizens. The fat, smoking, nscar, tabloid following crowd is hardly the international traveler.
If people wanna smoke cigarettes its their business bully.

“Skin a Floridian”

Since: Aug 09

Hiawassie

#13 Sep 23, 2012
Most peoples what lives below the Gnat line is purintee Idiots. Han alls them thet lives way ups north past Ashville Is bloomin Idiots. Them whats lives west offen the missippis river is Dam fool Idiots. Wes whats lives in thet narrows strips tween alls that is the only ones whats got goods sense bouts ourselves.

Since: May 12

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#14 Sep 23, 2012
Slowpok wrote:
Most peoples what lives below the Gnat line is purintee Idiots. Han alls them thet lives way ups north past Ashville Is bloomin Idiots. Them whats lives west offen the missippis river is Dam fool Idiots. Wes whats lives in thet narrows strips tween alls that is the only ones whats got goods sense bouts ourselves.
Slow no wonder everybody says we are all related in the south, with such a small area to find a mate you probably had to pick a sister or cousin.LOL

“Skin a Floridian”

Since: Aug 09

Hiawassie

#15 Sep 23, 2012
turniptown wrote:
<quoted text>Slow no wonder everybody says we are all related in the south, with such a small area to find a mate you probably had to pick a sister or cousin.LOL
Iz gots me one offen tham dam fool idiots from texas. Iz gots to gives her credit, she ken shore build a far.
Informed Opinion

Bonita Springs, FL

#16 Sep 23, 2012
Timmy_ wrote:
<quoted text>If people wanna smoke cigarettes its their business bully.
As long as they get their cancer and die without using our hospitals and doctors, unless of course they have insurance, or leave their kids for us to support.
Angela De Souza

Dallas, TX

#17 Sep 23, 2012
Old Timer wrote:
.......Obama gone 2012
Wrong. Four more years of President Obama.

Since: May 12

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#18 Sep 23, 2012
Slowpok wrote:
<quoted text>Iz gots me one offen tham dam fool idiots from texas. Iz gots to gives her credit, she ken shore build a far.
She must have a lot of patience to put up with you. I bet she didn't realize what she was getting her self into; when she said for better or worse.
Floridian

Casselberry, FL

#19 Sep 23, 2012
Slowpok wrote:
<quoted text>Iz gots me one offen tham dam fool idiots from texas. Iz gots to gives her credit, she ken shore build a fart.
Yeah it's all those beans they eat
Informed Opinion

United States

#20 Sep 24, 2012
Old Timer wrote:
If you voted for Obama in 2008 you're an idiot........if you still plan to vote for him and his socialist / marxist ways you are a traitor.......Obama gone 2012
Thank God Willard "Mitt" Romney warned us about you Union County worthless, useless,socialist, parasites.

Why the demographics of Union County shows that there are more socialists per square foot here than anywhere in the nation except those damn injun reservations.

Low average family income, high percentage of retirees using Socialist Security and Medicare, lots of Disabled Veterans collecting benefits, lots of unwed mothers, kids getting free lunches.

Why Union County is in danger I tell you of becoming a one of them damned Socialist Colectiveees that most Right Wing states are full of.

Now go cash your Socialist Security check, use your Socialist Medicare to get new medicine, send your Grandkids to Union County Schools for that Socialist free lunch program,

then help us bitch about them other folks trying to steal our place on the dole.

“Dont care how you did it in FL”

Since: Oct 11

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#21 Sep 24, 2012
Informed Opinion wrote:
<quoted text>
Thank God Willard "Mitt" Romney warned us about you Union County worthless, useless,socialist, parasites.
Why the demographics of Union County shows that there are more socialists per square foot here than anywhere in the nation except those damn injun reservations.
Low average family income, high percentage of retirees using Socialist Security and Medicare, lots of Disabled Veterans collecting benefits, lots of unwed mothers, kids getting free lunches.
Why Union County is in danger I tell you of becoming a one of them damned Socialist Colectiveees that most Right Wing states are full of.
Now go cash your Socialist Security check, use your Socialist Medicare to get new medicine, send your Grandkids to Union County Schools for that Socialist free lunch program,
then help us bitch about them other folks trying to steal our place on the dole.
You must be refering to tham old floridiots geeting social security checks.

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