Skip to comments.All U.S. adults could be overweight in 40 years
Posted on 08/06/2008 12:40:29 PM PDT by edzo4
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If the trends of the past three decades continue, it's possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now, a government-funded study projects.
The figure might sound alarming, or impossible, but researchers say that even if the actual rate never reaches the 100-percent mark, any upward movement is worrying; two-thirds of the population is already overweight.
"Genetically and physiologically, it should be impossible" for all U.S. adults to become overweight, said Dr. Lan Liang of the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one of the researchers on the study.
However, she told Reuters Health, the data suggest that if the trends of the past 30 years persist, "that is the direction we're going."
Already, she and her colleagues point out, some groups of U.S. adults have extremely high rates of overweight and obesity; among African- American women, for instance, 78 percent are currently overweight or obese.
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DRILL HERE, DRILL NOW
The MSM continues with its “news” that include the words “could” and “possible” as if it were gospel.
the one on the right must be feeling pretty good about herself.
But wait, if we are limited to thirty a week wouldn't we all be poor? Ahhh...I see a trend here.
I just hoped the picture wasn’t obscene, I had to assume they were all wearing bikini bottoms.
If we really put our minds to it, I bet we could make in in forty days.
Arnold Schwarzenegger (sp?), John Elway, Troy Aikman, George W Bush, and Bill Clinton....
...all fit the definition of "obese"...in fact, close to 4 million Americans went to bed one night, and woke up the next...obese, simply by changing the definition....
It does not differentiate between men and women or between fat or muscle.
Shades of “Wall E.”
Yeah theres a shocker.. lol
If they keep lowering the standards as to what is considered “overweight” I’m pretty sure they can say everyone is overweight.
You can thank the flawed BMI for that one.
"It's official. EVERYTHING causes cancer"
This is slippery slope by governmental fiat!
50% of Americans are obese as are 50% of Europeans.
50% of Americans are obese as are 50% of Europeans.
It’s been suspected that research scientists cause cancer in lab rats.
Actually, completely nekkid healthy-sized women would be less obscene, IMHO.
In 40 years I’ll be 105 and obese.
Like I really care if I’m obese at 105!
You are being indicted for crimes against aesthetics, humanity and my eyes.
close to 4 million Americans went to bed one night, and woke up the next...obese, simply by changing the definition....
eating a few boxes of donuts before going to bed didn’t exactly help, either...
“possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now, ....”
Will they all be above average weight too?
fear not the messiah will save us...
Too Fit to Be President?
Facing an Overweight Electorate,
Barack Obama Might Find
Low Body Fat a Drawback
By AMY CHOZICK
August 1, 2008; Page W1
Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn’t give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track.
“Listen, I’m skinny but I’m tough,” Sen. Obama said.
But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama’s skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.
What a pile of crap this “study” is. It is preposterous to suggest that EVERYONE will be overweight. Some foks NEVER will because they’ll continue to say “no” to overeating.
This is the fallacy of taking historical trend lines and continuing them out into infinity.
So why can’t Obama (the promised one) fix this so everyone grows taller and no one is obese?
I wonder then, whether we can stop issuing food stamps then.
Beat the rush. Have a cookie.
Buddy of mine is an avid bicyclist. Rides literally 100s of miles a week. The only fat on him is from whatever he ate for breakfast.
He also has a stocky, short build. His doc recently gave him a checkup, looked at the height/weight chart, and told him that he needed to lose 20 lbs.
My Friend's response? "From Where?" His next step was to get a more sensible doctor.
uh...all US Americans...uh...will be fat ....uh 40 years ...uh from now....uh....if they aren’t already dead.
uh, thank you.
If the trend continues after that, it may reach 200%...
Please tell me those are just fat suits !? I’ve packed on 5 pounds since joining FR. Maybe it’s time to quit, LOL!
You have to cut out the popcorn. It will be okay.
I know. LOL
I tried eating some of those food stamps once. They tasted terrible.
I also wish some rats would bite some scientists to enhance their chances of “catching cancer.”
nope they are fat sh!ts, not suits
Well, at least it’ll be easy to spot the methheads.
Extrapolation is always self-limiting; journalists enjoy no such restriction.
No skinny butt left behind...
Men and women, it does differentiate. Fat or muscle, no.
And you could be a 250 lb body builder and get jacked up life insurance rates.
Pretty soon 50% of all Americans will exceed the median weight.
Damn - I’m probably half way through my life and only 125lbs. Better get busy...
Finally, I’m ahead of the curve on something.
Except with politicized science. Global warming, population studies, and evolution all make the mistake of thinking that you can extrapolate forever.
The faster we change from BMI to something more sane, the better. One thing amusing about BMI is that as you get taller, you have to be skinnier (have less % body fat) to be within the normal weight range. Some moron in the gov't thought volume increased by the square of the height rather than the cube.
It might also have something to do with insisting on having one BMI for both sexes. The healthy percentage of body fat is higher for women than for men. The average height of women is less than the average height of men. Basing the BMI on the square of height, rather than the cube does provide a crude means of adjusting for the B.F. % differences between the sexes.
That only works out for average height men and women. As you point out; the BMI discriminates against taller people (of both sexes); which is really unfair, if insurance rates are based on the BMI.
It's long past time to switch to a direct % body fat measurement — which you can get these days from a cheap bathroom scale.
Jeeze, I’d be happy to be over weight in 40 years. I’d also be 107 years old.
(I guess the author really meant the adult population existing 40 years from now, not the present population 40 years from now.)
I don't know about the bioelectrical impedance sensors on the scales. I went through some effort trying to find a good one. I read that the measurement is affected by gender, height, and age, so I got a scale that had you enter all that data. It can swing over 10% within a day, and is often 15 to 20% higher than other measurement methods.
If you ask me, and my paranoid mind, the BMI was created to inflate the insurance rates (life and health).
We're in agreement about the main issue: that the BMI is totally inadequate as a criterion for such things as health insurance. No one should be required to pay a penalty for a high BMI rating — at least, without confirmation from a more accurate instrument.
If you don't trust the b.f. sensors on weigh scales; you could ask a doctor to measure the thickness of b.f. with calipers.