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pounds • pressure • conscious
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  1. If you want to lose weight, you have to make a choice to exercise and eat healthy.
  2. She started smoking because of peer .
  3. Being really direct is the wrong to take with her.
  4. If your suitcases are more than 50 each, you will be charged for the extra weight.
  5. Her bad living situation caused a whole bunch of in her life.
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790 Food Labels

Mike and Todd discuss putting food labels with warnings signs like cigarettes.

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they're 400 pounds each

It's difficult when you're young, and you see your parents, and they're 400 pounds each.

'They're 400 pounds each' refers to the body weight of each parent. The mother weights 400 pounds, and the father weighs 400 pounds.

Notice the following:

  1. They must be at least 400 pounds each. I think they need to go on a diet.
  2. I would say that they weigh 400 pounds each. They must eat a lot of food.

peer pressure

It's great having a brand-name soft drink machine that has its number one selling soda, but to compromise so the children don't have peer pressure to buy those.

'Peer pressure' refers to social pressure from people your age that makes you feel as though you should be doing something that you do not necessarily want to do.

Notice the following:

  1. When you are young, it is hard not to give in to peer pressure.
  2. Do you think that peer pressure made you take up smoking?

a conscious choice

They have a conscious choice of wanting to eat fast food or not.

'A conscious choice' is a decision that you make after having giving it some careful thought.

Notice the following:

  1. It was not a conscious choice for me to eat so much food. It just sort of happened.
  2. Was it a conscious choice for you to stop smoking?

a whole bunch of issues

There's a whole bunch of issues, but I think it's people themselves that need to realize that they have to balance their lives.

'A whole bunch of issues' means that there are multiple problems that you could encounter.

Notice the following:

  1. I have a whole bunch of issues with my parents.
  2. She has a whole bunch of issues with eating meat, so it is best to cook her vegetarian foods.

the wrong approach

I think you know the government is taking the wrong approach.

When you have the 'wrong approach' to something, it means that you try to do something in the wrong way.

Notice the following:

  1. You should not go on a crash diet. That is the wrong approach to dieting.
  2. You have the wrong approach to studying, I think.



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