It's as bad as smoking

@Rollo1 (16685)
Boston, Massachusetts
October 23, 2015 6:36pm CST
I have noticed a new trend in how things considered dangerous to your health are now described by the medical community. If it is bad for you, it is compared to smoking. A few months back, I read about a study that said "Sitting is the New Smoking". Maybe it's the only way they think they can get us out of our chairs. Sitting is going to kill us all, and yet we keep doing it. How to stop people from sitting? Tell them it's as bad as smoking. No one wants to be as unhealthy or as reviled by society in general as a smoker. They are bound to all get up and run around the block. Today I read that eating meat is the new smoking. And not just red meat. Because now they've decided that not just red meat is red meat. White meat is also red meat. Pork chops are killers. Bacon? Might as well go back to sitting as eat bacon. Become a two pack a day smoker by sitting and eating bacon at the same time. Of course, the warnings about lovely meats comes from WHO, the World Health Organization which is a branch of the UN. Now, I also read that article last year that stated that the UN wants us all to start eating more bugs and less meat. So, am I going to listen to them when they tell me that eating ham will kill me? Obviously just a ploy to get us to eat bugs. And stop sitting. I think listening to the UN is as bad as smoking.
The WHO is expected to publish a report listing processed meat as a cancer-causing substance with the highest of five possible rankings
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@valmnz (13272)
• New Zealand
23 Oct 15
As a smoker would say, I've been eating meat for 66 years and I'm not going to stop now.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
Mankind has been eating meat since he came down from the trees. Big juicy meals of protein-rich meat is what gave us the break from berry-hunting long enough to invent the wheel and the microwave and the iPhone. You can't do that if you have to scrounge for plants all day just to stay alive. MEAT. I love it.
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@valmnz (13272)
• New Zealand
24 Oct 15
@Rollo1 you'd like the two huge cows out here in the paddock then, destined for the freezing works next week.
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@vandana7 (69050)
• India
24 Oct 15
@valmnz ..wonder when they will say drinking water is the new smoking..lol
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• United States
24 Oct 15
Sounds like quite a joke to me. Well, I am a smoker, so sitting and eating meat will just be a parallel thing to kill me. Perhaps I can be a case study for them??
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
They would be amazed at you. You could be a legend.
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• United States
24 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Whoohoo gets all excited. I might have to contact them.
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@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
24 Oct 15
It is a joke as i have to laugh at this.
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@Tampa_girl7 (27557)
• United States
24 Oct 15
It seems that about everything will kill us.
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• Udaipur, India
24 Oct 15
You have to die of something in the end I guess!
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@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
24 Oct 15
Marie you are so right it does seem like everything will kill us.
@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
24 Oct 15
@Shyamalaa Very true you do need to die of something but it probably won't be from what they have said.
@sharon6345 (147847)
• United States
24 Oct 15
I think I will stick with my bacon and my pork chops. Those two are going to kill me any way.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
I don't eat pork chops but I think it has been proved that bacon is necessary for a happy life.
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@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
24 Oct 15
Same here Sharon I am not going to let some dumb hicks tell me what I can and can not eat.
@GardenGerty (105453)
• United States
24 Oct 15
I think it is a matter of everything in moderation, except smoking. I have sat in on four different procedures to put stents in various places on my sister and she has been told by about four or five cardiologists that even one a day can cause the arteries to become blocked again. I have not heard that about sitting or meat.
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@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
24 Oct 15
That is a first I have heard of sitting or meat.
@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
24 Oct 15
@Rollo1 very well said research tends to find out what the sponsor of the research wants them to find and they will say they have found whether they did or not.
@Pattitude (1298)
• Newton, North Carolina
24 Oct 15
Gerty, the World Health Organization will be releasing a statement on Monday.
@LadyDuck (188725)
• Switzerland
24 Oct 15
It is since the time I was a kid that I hear that eating barbecued meats can cause cancer. As you say, listen to nobody and eat what you want, in moderation.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
There is no doubt that barbecues produce PAHs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and that they are carcinogenic. But does that mean you can never eat meat cooked that way? I really think that they go overboard in these announcements.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 15
@LadyDuck Gwyneth Paltrow is the origin of many a false statement, many a crazy health or diet fad and totally wacko. There should be a health warning issued against listening to Gwyneth Paltrow.
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@LadyDuck (188725)
• Switzerland
25 Oct 15
@Rollo1 I agree, because I am pretty sure that some nuts follow her advice.
• Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina
24 Oct 15
Meh, if that were the case, most of the population of my country would die before reaching fifty considering the fact that literally almost every dish must have meat in it. And I've met a lot of people over ninety, some of 'em smokers. Go figure. One the side note, I'd rather eat meat from free-ranging animals whenever possible.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
Yes, I think they overlook that there are entire populations and countries which subsist on mainly pork and/or lamb. Not just your country, but Germany, Denmark, Poland, etc... They all eat a lot of sausages, ham, bacon, etc.
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• Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina
24 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Exactly. In fact, there's a belief in a lot of countries that you can't be healthy or live a long life if you do not eat meat and fatty cheeses.
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@simone10 (21646)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Oct 15
It seems like eventually everything we eat can cause cancer, etc. Everyday it is something new. I don't pay attention to it and if eating meat over bugs causes me to die early, so be it. I'm sure not going to eat any bugs...yuck!
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
Everyone will die some day no matter what they eat, and even sooner if they don't eat at all.
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@simone10 (21646)
• Louisville, Kentucky
30 Oct 15
@Rollo1 this is true. I say why not be happy until you die.
@srisahara (4147)
• Indonesia
24 Oct 15
It was terrible, I thought. Sit, eat red meat, white meat, bacon, pork and all processed foods have been just as bad as smoking. Are we really in bad times so that what we do and we eat has become a potential killer. So how can we live a healthy life today?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
I think we should all just live and stop worrying about dying.
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@jstory07 (72438)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Oct 15
No matter what I will never eat bugs. I will continue eatting meat in small portions of course.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
Have a hamburger
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@Marcyaz (35589)
• United States
24 Oct 15
They can eat their bugs I for one am not going to eat any bug.
@sofssu (18447)
24 Oct 15
I just read that in the news. Thankfully I hardly ever eat processed meat. The only meat I eat is chicken.. very rarely lamb.. I eat a lot of fish so this news isn't Earth shaking for me.
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@Shyamalaa (539)
• Udaipur, India
24 Oct 15
It is hilarious! Is all of this on their website?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
I imagine, though I don't know since I don't go to their website.
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@PatZAnthony (13285)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
24 Oct 15
Many of the warnings you mention (maybe all?) should be considered serious.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
Well, I want to warn them. I am not eating bugs. Mankind has been eating meat for millennia. The switch from herbivore to meat-eater was the single greatest catalyst in man's evolution and if it were going to kill us all, there wouldn't be any homosapiens on earth today.
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@Pattitude (1298)
• Newton, North Carolina
24 Oct 15
No, chicken and fish are never considered red meat. Red meat is only beef, pork, veal. Any meat that is red when uncooked is considered red meat. Chicken and fish are never red when uncooked, it may have tinges of red, which is actually blood. And what we are calling meat is actually muscle. The WHO will be putting this announcement out on Monday. But this is not news, I only hope this announcement will make people take heed and pay attention. But they won't.
@Pattitude (1298)
• Newton, North Carolina
25 Oct 15
@Rollo1 It also depends on genetics, but why put excessive poisons in your system. I love ham and bacon and do eat it in moderation. This has nothing to do with the UN, but to maintain health.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 15
@Pattitude It has everything to do with the UN, WHO is an arm of the UN. And The UN doesn't want us to eat meat - any kind of meat. They want to convert Western countries to a diet of bugs. Because there's a meat shortage? No, because the UN doesn't want people raising livestock. It's all about the UN. The UN report on bugs vs meat contains these nuggets: " Crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein, according to the report. Most insects are are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases than other livestock. The ammonia emissions associated with insect-rearing are far lower than those linked to conventional livestock such as pigs, says the report."
For a better experience on your device, try our mobile site. Accessibility links BBC iD BBC iD BBC navigation Search term: World 13 May 2013 Last updated at 14:00 Share this page   Over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects
@Pattitude (1298)
• Newton, North Carolina
25 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Yes I heard about that report, but what I am saying the WHO report to be released tomorrow has nothing to do with the UN. It will never happen, especially in the US
@wiLLmaH (8246)
• Singapore, Singapore
24 Oct 15
I think the right term they must put is "over" eating of meat? What do you think?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 15
It starts by saying don't eat too much, and ends with saying don't eat any and then they pass a law saying it's a crime. Go on, eat some meat before it's illegal.
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@wiLLmaH (8246)
• Singapore, Singapore
26 Oct 15
@Rollo1 Meat is a good source protein! I will take your advise. haha! Let's eat meat before they officially declared it as a crime ;)
@TheHorse (75076)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Oct 15
Sitting does make my lower back hurt. Right now, I'm working on a speaker project. Maybe I'll post about it. Bugs? "Slimy, yet satisfying!" do you know what movie that's from? I'll stick to meat. It would take too many bugs to fill up this hungry guy.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 15
I knew yesterday when I read this comment but now that I am here to answer it, I can't remember. It's going to come to me, I'll be back.
@boiboing (12879)
• Northampton, England
24 Oct 15
Yep, I'm a smug fishitarian so I'm not surprised by any of the processed meat stuff.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 15
I know fish is good for you, which is the only reason that I eat it now and again. I am truly a beef lover, and I believe beef is excellent for your health. All that iron.
@Rohvannyn (3115)
• United States
24 Oct 15
I hear you! It's really interesting to watch how this happens. I am not as easily manipulated as they think and it sounds like, neither are you!
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
It is eactly manipulation and meant as such. They are pushing us all towards complying with THEIR ideas and THEIR agenda. I am never going to go along quietly.
• Chicago, Illinois
24 Oct 15
yea it is bad to eat mean because it has all the fat and cholesterol in it. but smoking is even worse because it kills you faster and you can't breath as well as you supposed to. so don't smoke or eat as much meat.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Oct 15
It is good to eat meat. Meat is the entire reason that man has evolved to rule the earth.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
24 Oct 15
all of these make me giggle, I wonder what next, air?
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
24 Oct 15
Oh, I am sure of that. I think they have been saying that since the 60s
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