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All U.S. adults could be overweight in 40 years
reuters ^ | Aug 6, 2008 | Amy Norton

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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1 posted on 08/06/2008 12:40:30 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: edzo4

The MSM continues with its “news” that include the words “could” and “possible” as if it were gospel.


2 posted on 08/06/2008 12:41:34 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: edzo4

the one on the right must be feeling pretty good about herself.


3 posted on 08/06/2008 12:42:57 PM PDT by thefactor (contributing nothing of value to threads since 2001...)
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To: Slapshot68
All...wow that is pretty definitive. The only hope is the nanny state to limit our caloric intake by providing ALL of us with 30 dollars a week to eat on and keep the rest for the poor.

But wait, if we are limited to thirty a week wouldn't we all be poor? Ahhh...I see a trend here.

4 posted on 08/06/2008 12:45:37 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: thefactor

I just hoped the picture wasn’t obscene, I had to assume they were all wearing bikini bottoms.


5 posted on 08/06/2008 12:45:43 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: edzo4

If we really put our minds to it, I bet we could make in in forty days.


6 posted on 08/06/2008 12:46:34 PM PDT by HoustonTech
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To: Slapshot68
Don't forget that the government is always redefining "obese"...in fact, the last time, I think in 2002, after the new definition was published...

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....

That's progress!

7 posted on 08/06/2008 12:46:52 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (I'd stick a fork in Hillary, but, that'd be an insult to forks everywhere.)
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To: edzo4
If we keep redefining obesity and ideal weight by the irrational BMI scale.

It does not differentiate between men and women or between fat or muscle.

8 posted on 08/06/2008 12:47:51 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: edzo4

Shades of “Wall E.”


9 posted on 08/06/2008 12:48:01 PM PDT by Clemenza (McCain/Palin; Maverick and the MILF)
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To: edzo4

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.


10 posted on 08/06/2008 12:48:02 PM PDT by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: edzo4
This also reminds me of the old Far Side cartoon, the scientists sitting at their stations, heads down, dejected...

the caption...

"It's official. EVERYTHING causes cancer"

This is slippery slope by governmental fiat!

11 posted on 08/06/2008 12:48:09 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (I'd stick a fork in Hillary, but, that'd be an insult to forks everywhere.)
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To: NorCoGOP

50% of Americans are obese as are 50% of Europeans.


12 posted on 08/06/2008 12:48:51 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: NorCoGOP

50% of Americans are obese as are 50% of Europeans.


13 posted on 08/06/2008 12:49:15 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: NorCoGOP

It’s been suspected that research scientists cause cancer in lab rats.


14 posted on 08/06/2008 12:49:53 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: edzo4

Actually, completely nekkid healthy-sized women would be less obscene, IMHO.


15 posted on 08/06/2008 12:50:48 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (I'm Right Guard, here to prevent B. O.)
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To: Slapshot68

In 40 years I’ll be 105 and obese.
Like I really care if I’m obese at 105!


16 posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:04 PM PDT by encm(ss) (USN Ret.)
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To: edzo4

You are being indicted for crimes against aesthetics, humanity and my eyes.


17 posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:20 PM PDT by SolidWood (McCantor 2008. Stop Obamarx!)
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To: NorCoGOP

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...


18 posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:21 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obamuh uh uh uh uh uh uh ummmmmm)
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To: edzo4

“possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now, ....”

Will they all be above average weight too?


19 posted on 08/06/2008 12:52:39 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: HoustonTech

fear not the messiah will save us...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121755336096303089.html?mod=hpp_us_inside_today

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.


20 posted on 08/06/2008 12:54:18 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: edzo4

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.


21 posted on 08/06/2008 12:54:40 PM PDT by Elpasser
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

So why can’t Obama (the promised one) fix this so everyone grows taller and no one is obese?


22 posted on 08/06/2008 12:55:06 PM PDT by encm(ss) (USN Ret.)
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To: edzo4

I wonder then, whether we can stop issuing food stamps then.


23 posted on 08/06/2008 12:55:30 PM PDT by foobarred
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To: edzo4

Beat the rush. Have a cookie.


24 posted on 08/06/2008 12:56:36 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: NorCoGOP
fit the definition of "obese"...

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.

25 posted on 08/06/2008 12:56:46 PM PDT by wbill
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To: edzo4

uh...all US Americans...uh...will be fat ....uh 40 years ...uh from now....uh....if they aren’t already dead.

uh, thank you.


26 posted on 08/06/2008 12:57:41 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: edzo4
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.

If the trend continues after that, it may reach 200%...

27 posted on 08/06/2008 1:02:35 PM PDT by Onelifetogive ("People..it is VERY important that you stay in the same country as your documents!".)
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To: edzo4

Please tell me those are just fat suits !? I’ve packed on 5 pounds since joining FR. Maybe it’s time to quit, LOL!


28 posted on 08/06/2008 1:04:39 PM PDT by Melinda
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To: Melinda

You have to cut out the popcorn. It will be okay.

I know. LOL


29 posted on 08/06/2008 1:05:43 PM PDT by dforest (I had almost forgotten that McCain is the nominee. Too bad I was reminded.)
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To: edzo4
1955.....

Thick steak, green beans with REAL butter, Smashed potatoes with REAL butter, Corn on the cob with REAL butter, REAL Cheesecake made with REAL sugar....

How did we survive??? My Grandfather lived to be 88 and was skinny all of his life....
30 posted on 08/06/2008 1:06:28 PM PDT by Coffee200am ("We should all be living in mud huts and riding bicycles to avoid killing the polar bears..."/s)
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To: Onelifetogive
and then...KABOOM!

31 posted on 08/06/2008 1:07:15 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obamuh uh uh uh uh uh uh ummmmmm)
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To: edzo4
It didn't do well for this guy either:


32 posted on 08/06/2008 1:08:13 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: foobarred

I tried eating some of those food stamps once. They tasted terrible.


33 posted on 08/06/2008 1:10:19 PM PDT by weegee (Hi there.)
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To: weegee

I also wish some rats would bite some scientists to enhance their chances of “catching cancer.”


34 posted on 08/06/2008 1:12:05 PM PDT by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: Melinda
Please tell me those are just fat suits !?

nope they are fat sh!ts, not suits

35 posted on 08/06/2008 1:12:23 PM PDT by edzo4
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To: Coffee200am
yes but today that butter is fried in even more butter.

36 posted on 08/06/2008 1:14:55 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Obamuh uh uh uh uh uh uh ummmmmm)
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To: edzo4

Well, at least it’ll be easy to spot the methheads.


37 posted on 08/06/2008 1:15:50 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: edzo4

Extrapolation is always self-limiting; journalists enjoy no such restriction.


38 posted on 08/06/2008 1:27:33 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

No skinny butt left behind...


39 posted on 08/06/2008 1:28:52 PM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: weegee

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.


40 posted on 08/06/2008 1:58:33 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: weegee

Pretty soon 50% of all Americans will exceed the median weight.


41 posted on 08/06/2008 2:02:08 PM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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To: edzo4

Damn - I’m probably half way through my life and only 125lbs. Better get busy...


42 posted on 08/06/2008 2:03:10 PM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: edzo4

Finally, I’m ahead of the curve on something.


43 posted on 08/06/2008 2:05:23 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Old Professer
Extrapolation is always self-limiting;

Except with politicized science. Global warming, population studies, and evolution all make the mistake of thinking that you can extrapolate forever.

44 posted on 08/06/2008 2:08:53 PM PDT by dan1123 (If you want to find a person's true religion, ask them what makes them a "good person".)
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To: autumnraine
And you could be a 250 lb body builder and get jacked up life insurance rates.

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.

45 posted on 08/06/2008 2:12:57 PM PDT by dan1123 (If you want to find a person's true religion, ask them what makes them a "good person".)
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To: dan1123
“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.

46 posted on 08/06/2008 2:25:40 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: edzo4

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.)


47 posted on 08/06/2008 2:27:34 PM PDT by CPOSharky (Blaming CO2 for global warming is like blaming your thermometer for your kid's fever.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
It's long past time to switch to a direct % body fat measurement — which you can get these days from a cheap bathroom scale.

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.

48 posted on 08/06/2008 2:37:28 PM PDT by dan1123 (If you want to find a person's true religion, ask them what makes them a "good person".)
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To: dan1123

If you ask me, and my paranoid mind, the BMI was created to inflate the insurance rates (life and health).


49 posted on 08/06/2008 2:52:02 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: dan1123
True enough, you have to enter the age, height and sex data. The readings are also affected by how hydrated you are, which varies a lot throughout the day. If you take the readings at the same time each day, the sensor will give you reliable data for charting any changes.

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.

50 posted on 08/06/2008 3:35:17 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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