TERRE HAUTE —
Obesity cure not easy, but simple
Despite Mike Anas’ assertion (Tribune-Star, July 15), “It’s my hormones doc” is not valid excuse for the weight gained by most people.
Hormones do regulate appetite and metabolism, but there is no rampant hormonal disorder that is driving the current obesity epidemic.
Everyone’s insulin increases after eating, especially when one consumes high-glycemic foods that contain easily absorbed sugars (soft drinks, ice cream, French fries, and other favorites). However, very few people who eat a high-fiber, balanced diet experience a rapid drop in blood sugar or suffer from low blood sugar. Insulin spikes are not responsible for the recent increase in obesity, but obesity is likely propelling the recent increase in Type 2 diabetes.
For an enlightening exercise, look at high-school and college yearbooks from years ago. I find the old photos in Parsons Hall at ISU very interesting, but any high-school yearbook from 1960 or earlier will suffice. Almost nobody is obese. Hormones have not evolved in the last 60 years. Metabolism has not evolved in the last 60 years.
One could make a small argument for environmental chemicals, but the evidence is weak. Face it, we eat more junk food (and calories) and exercise less (writing editorials is only an exercise in futility).
Though unpalatable, Chris Davies’ column (Tribune-Star, July 6) is correct. For most of us (the 99 percent), the keys to long-term weight maintenance are to eat better, eat less, and exercise more. Are hormones the major drivers of weight gain in some people? Absolutely. But, general advice should not be based on the exception.
— Jim Hughes
Learning more about Norquist
I don’t know how many people know who Grover Norquist is, but we all need to know him and the influence he exerts on the Republican Party.
But who is he, and where does he get his power? My information has come from articles sent to me by my daughter, other reading, and from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Norquist has never been elected to office, but he was tapped by Ronald Reagan when he was a little-known staffer at the Chamber of Americans for Tax Reform. This was a pressure group organized to push a comprehensive tax package, and it has pressured Republican congressmen to sign a pledge promising never to raise taxes, especially on the wealthy.
Politicians who have signed Norquist’s pledge include every top Republican running for governor, 1,300 state lawmakers, 40 of the 47 Republicans in the Senate, and 236 of the 242 Republicans in the House. Norquist’s anti-tax pledge was directly responsible for last summer’s effort to raise the debt ceiling, which wrecked the nation’s credit rating by leading the nation to the brink of default. He has also wrecked the Republican Party, a party I grew up with, but not the party it is today.
Norquist made a fortune supplying arms to the Contras during the Reagan administration. He forged an early alliance with Karl Rove. Then, after Obama was elected, this ultimate Washington insider positioned himself as the anti-establishment Tea Party, complete with financial support from the billionaire Koch brothers. Apparently, he has convinced enough Republicans that he has enough power to see that they are either not elected to office, or are not re-elected. He is one of the reasons Richard Lugar, who did not sign his pledge, was not re-elected. Fortunately, there is a ray of hope. I have read that there are more Republicans who are deciding to take their chances against him. Also, former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson has warned his colleagues against Norquist.
It is true that most of us don’t like to pay taxes, but to have someone like Norquist protecting the very wealthy from paying their share is wrong. Without more revenue, in the form of taxes, our programs such as Medicare and Social Security are in real danger, as well as other programs which we badly need, including health care. And our deficit, which was a result of two wars which we did not need, and which we did not raise taxes to pay for, will only grow.
We all need to vote, and we need to become as informed as we can. It is too bad that much of our news media aren’t telling us the whole truth. There are a few who try, and Bill Moyers is one who does, but there are too few.
— Jane White
Thank you Tribune-Star and Hobby Lobby for the beautiful page A5 in July 4 paper. It is good to read these truths in our daily paper.
— Lois Moore
TERRE HAUTE —
Obesity cure not easy, but simple
- READERS' FORUM: May 23, 2013
READERS' FORUM: May 22, 2013
Rich history all along the river
Great work by Duke employees
READERS’ FORUM: May 21, 2013
• Great response to annual golf outing
• Doing your part on climate change
READERS' FORUM: May 20, 2013
The dangers of a little knowledge
Students enjoyed Rose study trip
READERS' FORUM: May 19, 2013
• Flawed reasoning on gun checks
• A hint of things yet to come?
• Are the ‘makers’ doing the ‘taking’?
• The ‘Obamination’ is finally revealed
• Pondering effects of Obamacare
• Fantasizing on the ‘Apocalypse’
• Another view of Hinduism
• Great experience for HCMS students
FLASHPOINT: A legislative session of missed opportunities
Given the nature of politicians, grand claims of accomplishments and overblown rhetoric about “historic” efforts are to be expected at the close of any legislative session.
READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
Readers' Forum: May 16, 2013
Moving Deming folks sounds ‘nuts’
Readers' Forum: May 15, 2013
Participants rise to the challenge: I would like to write a letter congratulating all the Wabash Valley Roadrunners that competed in the One America Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
READERS' FORUM: May 14, 2013
ISTEP failure exposes flaws
Community hasn’t changed its spirit
Egregious threat to nation’s defense
READERS' FORUM: May 13, 2013
• Women’s group criticizes Bucshon
• Let’s hope this doesn’t come true
• Many get thanks for fest success
READERS' FORUM: May 12, 2013
Vigo Youth Football, entering 45th year, seeks new support
Media ignoring important case on abortions
Proud to be old-fashioned
Guns in school? What’s next?
Promoting hate not a ‘brave’ act
FLASHPOINT: Again in 2013 General Assembly, middle class generally ignored
Last year, the people of Indiana entrusted the Republican Party with some of their most precious possessions.
Readers’ Forum: May 11, 2013
I just wanted to express my disappointment at the lack of response shown by President Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Readers' Forum: May 10, 2013
CANDLES event plants new seed: On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace.
READERS’ FORUM: May 6, 2013
• Money drives our newfound ‘needs’
• Guns not the only dangerous objects
Readers’ Forum; May 5, 2013
Thankful for Pyle museum: I was happy to see the announcement of the Ernie Pyle Museum’s summer season opening, and I was reminded of how fortunate we all are to have such a museum close by.
FLASHPOINT: Lessons from the legacy media — get it right, first
Enough mistakes and maybe we’ll learn: When in doubt, leave it out.
FLASHPOINT: Hoosiers got steady hand in recent session
As the General Assembly began its work last November, as Speaker of the House, I pledged a renewed spirit of bipartisanship with legislators working together to solve our state’s most pressing challenges. As this year’s legislative session concludes, representatives from throughout the state — Republican and Democrat — have joined together to address those issues at the forefront of Hoosier minds: maintaining our state’s fiscal integrity, spurring job creation and expanding education opportunities for every Hoosier family.
READERS' FORUM: May 3, 2013
Deep gratitude during tragic time
READERS’ FORUM: May 2, 2013
• Terre Haute takes care of their own
• Postal contract causes concern
• Food price rise not appreciated
READERS' FORUM: May 1, 2013
Great support for Clay Habitat
READERS’ FORUM: April 30, 2013
• Gujarat attack was provoked
• Proud honor for THN student
READERS’ FORUM: April 29, 2013
• Avoid language of extremism
Readers' Forum: April 28, 2013
Another debacle for landowners: The integrity of our city and county officials continues to erode with an Issue that has come up on the east side of the city behind the Sycamore Terrace apartments.
FLASHPOINT: Time has arrived for overhaul of TV news
Former FCC Chairman Alfred Sikes gave an address in 1992 in which he claimed television news was too superficial and too focused on visuals.
Readers’ Forum: April 25, 2013
• Common Core: A simple choice
• Club again launches St. Ann’s fundraiser
READERS’ FORUM: April 24, 2013
• Good service was noticed
READERS’ FORUM: April 23, 2013
• Another great season at THN
• We’ve discarded our own privacy
READERS’ FORUM: April 22, 2013
Chickens should not be banned from residences
A challenge to Islamist dogma
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