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Survey: Most Obese Claim to Eat Healthy
AP Via Forbes ^ | 8-2-2006 | Mike Stobbe

Posted on 08/02/2006 3:37:05 PM PDT by nckerr

Survey: Most Obese Claim to Eat Healthy By MIKE STOBBE , 08.01.2006, 11:59 PM

More than three-quarters of obese Americans say they have healthy eating habits, according to a survey of more than 11,000 people.

About 40 percent of obese people also said they do "vigorous" exercise at least three times a week, the telephone survey found.

"There is, perhaps, some denial going on. Or there is a lack of understanding of what does it mean to be eating healthy, and what is vigorous exercise," said Dr. David Schutt of Thomson Medstat, the Michigan-based health-care research firm that conducted the survey.

The survey also found that 28 percent of obese people reported snacking two or more times a day, only slightly more than 24 percent of normal weight people who said they did.

But the survey failed to ask people what - and how much - they ate, noted Dr. Jeffrey Koplan of Atlanta's Emory University.

"The questions leave out quantity," said Koplan, who chairs an Institute of Medicine committee on progress in preventing childhood obesity.

Roughly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or heavier, and nearly one-third qualify as obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Respondents to the survey were contacted through computer random digit dialing in January through March. The surveyors relied on the respondents to be truthful about their height, weight and other answers.

Obesity was determined by body-mass index, a calculation based on height and weight. Using BMI, a man 5-feet-10 would be considered overweight at 174-208 pounds, and obese at 209 pounds or more.

About 3,100 of the people in the survey were obese or morbidly obese; an estimated 4,200 more people were overweight; about 3,800 were normal weight and about 200 were underweight, according to the Thomson Medstat.

Those demographics are generally consistent with the federal health survey that actually measures and weighs people, said Schutt, the company's associate medical director.

It was surprising how some responses from obese and overweight people paralleled those of thinner respondents.

For example, about 19 percent of obese people said they always read nutritional labels on food packages, compared with 24 percent of normal-weight people. And about 29 percent of obese people said they eat out at restaurants three or more times a week, compared with 25 percent of normal-weight people.

"The numbers aren't wildly different," Schutt said.

One of the largest differences was the answer to the question: How often do you eat all of the food you are served at restaurants? About 41 percent of obese people said they always did, while 31 percent of normal weight people always did.

Thomson Medstat is a data collection and analysis company that contracts with the federal government and about 20 states, on health projects. The data about eating and exercise are part of a larger package of survey information being marketed to employers, hospitals and other customers. It is not being published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

The survey had a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point, according to the company.


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I was at the local community pool and saw that well over half of the kids were overweight by looks and at least a quarter were morbidly obese. And they had skinny parents some of them! If you are a parent and your kid is overweight, you should be ashamed. You are the same parents that would slap your kids silly for smoking but will load the kid full of unhealthy food.

Do parents not remember the trauma caused to fat kids in school? Not to mention the huge health problems fat kids have both psychological and physical? Or that the US Military is finding a huge shortage of healthy kids to volunteer for service. Wake up America!
1 posted on 08/02/2006 3:37:06 PM PDT by nckerr
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To: nckerr

Ah, but rather than make the fat kids get exercise, the teachers celebrate fatso's digirthity.


2 posted on 08/02/2006 3:38:50 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: nckerr

"Put down the bucket of chicken!"


3 posted on 08/02/2006 3:41:38 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: nckerr

I eat healthy; I just eat too much. And that is not healthy!


4 posted on 08/02/2006 3:41:42 PM PDT by Stepan12 (NY Times: Bush finds cure for cancer; healthcare workers to suffer massive layoffs)
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To: nckerr

Maybe they just eat too much healthy food.


5 posted on 08/02/2006 3:42:26 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: nckerr


This is going to end up being a bash "fatty" thread...

I know, I am not helping...


6 posted on 08/02/2006 3:42:30 PM PDT by in hoc signo vinces ("Houston, TX...a waiting quagmire for jihadis. American gals are worth fighting for!")
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To: in hoc signo vinces
This is going to end up being a bash "fatty" thread

I'm outta here before someone posts a picture of drunk fat ted.

7 posted on 08/02/2006 3:44:42 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: nckerr

"I gotta be meeeeeeeee!"

8 posted on 08/02/2006 3:45:21 PM PDT by JennysCool (Roll out the Canarble Wagon!)
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To: nckerr

Most obeese people claim to eat healthy....
I'm one !!
How much did the Feds pay for that dumb a$s survey.


9 posted on 08/02/2006 3:45:51 PM PDT by IrishMike (Democrats .... Stuck on Stupid, RINO's ...the most vicious judas goats)
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To: nckerr
There is a health tape out there called "Dead Doctors" that claims the USDA Food Pyramid that was designed by four lawyers is all wrong and that it fills the rules for fattening livestock for the market.
10 posted on 08/02/2006 3:45:58 PM PDT by mountainlyons (Hard core conservative)
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To: Graybeard58
I'm not fat. I'm big boned.

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11 posted on 08/02/2006 3:46:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: nckerr

Sure, I eat healthy. it's the drinking that doesn't help.


12 posted on 08/02/2006 3:48:12 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money -- M. Thatcher)
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To: nckerr

We are fast becoming a nation of porkers.

In WWII, malnourished recruits reflected the hard times of the Depression. Today . . .


13 posted on 08/02/2006 3:50:50 PM PDT by Jacquerie (How few were left who had seen the republic! Tacitus)
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To: cripplecreek

Beefcake!


14 posted on 08/02/2006 3:50:53 PM PDT by Hexenhammer
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To: nckerr
"Do parents not remember the trauma caused to fat kids in school?"

At the rate we're going they'll start picking on the normal kids soon for being 'underweight' once they're the minority.

15 posted on 08/02/2006 3:51:40 PM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: JennysCool

Beer----->Monitor! I also give you a 10 for timing. ;-)


16 posted on 08/02/2006 3:52:31 PM PDT by Normal4me
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To: nckerr
How often do you eat all of the food you are served at restaurants? About 41 percent of obese people said they always did, while 31 percent of normal weight people always did.

Maybe, but the "normal people" were ordering the daily special: The obese people were ordering "all you can eat".

17 posted on 08/02/2006 3:56:57 PM PDT by wyattearp (Study! Study! Study! Or BONK, BONK, on the head!)
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To: nckerr

See it all the time:

"I'll take a double quarterpounder with cheese, supersized fries, and a (Drum roll please).....................diet coke.


18 posted on 08/02/2006 3:57:49 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: nckerr

19 posted on 08/02/2006 3:57:52 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Muslims - The "flesh eating bacteria" version of humans.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
If I eat "healthy" I put on fat and lose muscle mass. The more rice, beans, pasta, tofu and vegetables I eat, the more the effect takes place.

If I eat Atkins, all that fatty red meat, cheese, and eggs stuff, I lose weight and my workouts will put back on muscle mass (both blood pressure and cholesterol go down as well). Part of the issue here is that people need to learn how their body reacts to different types of food. But people are not trained to listen to their body.
20 posted on 08/02/2006 4:01:36 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: nckerr

I haven't been to a pool lately but when I see overweight kids, they usually look like shorter versions of their parents. The entire family will be overweight.


21 posted on 08/02/2006 4:02:04 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: nckerr

My FIL thinks he eats healthy, and he is over 300 pounds. He does his "version" of South Beach Diet. He doesn't eat carbs at the Chinese Buffet. He only eats 6 plates of meat/veggie dishes and thinks the sauces are fine, and did I mention he eats 6 plates?! And, he stopped drinking beer, he and his buddy (also very obese and on the diet) drink 3 bottles of wine a night, instead of the unhealthy beer they used to drink. I also had to explain to them that empty calories don't mean they can have as much as they want. It took about 10 minutes and 2 other people to help convince them.

The epidemic of fat children is alarming...


22 posted on 08/02/2006 4:03:44 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (God bless Israel and their men and women fighting against an evil, cowardly enemy.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
"I'll take a double quarterpounder with cheese, supersized fries, and a (Drum roll please).....................diet coke.,p> I see your comment a lot too. I drink diet coke, no matter what I am having it with. I prefer the taste to that of a sugary cola.

(I'm not over weight)

23 posted on 08/02/2006 4:05:32 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: nckerr

Apparently some count walking really fast from the couch to the fridge as 'vigorous excercise'.


24 posted on 08/02/2006 4:06:07 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: nckerr
"There is, perhaps, some denial going on. Or there is a lack of understanding of what does it mean to be eating healthy, and what is vigorous exercise,"

Ya think?

25 posted on 08/02/2006 4:06:50 PM PDT by T Minus Four (Laughing out loud, out loud, out loud, out loud, out loud!!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Not to mention all the curls they do when they shovel food into their mouths. ;)


26 posted on 08/02/2006 4:07:21 PM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (God bless Israel and their men and women fighting against an evil, cowardly enemy.)
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To: nckerr

At my usual campground in Calif., half the kids looked overweight and most of the women were haystacks.


27 posted on 08/02/2006 4:08:19 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: nckerr

Yeah, either that, or fat people are telling the truth and the diet nutritionists tell us is healthy, is not. What is it, twelve servings of cereals they used to push?


28 posted on 08/02/2006 4:10:18 PM PDT by prion (Yes, as a matter of fact, I AM the spelling police)
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To: ECM

It's already happening to women who are slim, average-sized , or only slightly plump by pre1990s standards: They get "joking" remarks about how they're obviously anorexic from what one freeper here called "haystack" women (gotta remember that one, it's so apt.)


29 posted on 08/02/2006 4:11:05 PM PDT by kaylar
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To: Ditter

"The entire family will be overweight."

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Perhaps some of this is hereditary, but my suspicions are on 'agri-business' and the doping of animals with chemicals which are not fit for human or animal consumption. Fast food chains are a more obvious culprit.

The longer term consequences on health care and diseases such as Type II diabetes might be further down the road, and all of us end up footing the bill in one way or another.


30 posted on 08/02/2006 4:12:22 PM PDT by PageMarker
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To: mountainlyons

While I wanted to like the tape for it's contrarian opinions -- I found out that it was a sham.

Here is one of many links that expose Joel D. Wallach, joining the ranks of Nobel prize nominees such as Tookie Williams:

http://skepdic.com/wallach.html

But the food pyramid could be wrong, I am highly suspicious of the weight in which an individual is claimed to be overweight. I know lots of people in great shape that would be overweight by the government's standards.


31 posted on 08/02/2006 4:15:27 PM PDT by rom
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
"I'll take a double quarterpounder with cheese, supersized fries, and a (Drum roll please).....................diet coke.

I do that once in a while. I order Diet Coke because it doesn't taste as cloyingly sweet as the regular sort.

32 posted on 08/02/2006 4:18:50 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: taxcontrol
Atkins or Zone diets work for me, but only if I keep my max daily calories between 1200 and 1500 AND burn around 300 extra calories per day on a treadmill. I augment that will 30 minutes of hard weight lifting 3 times a week to hold muscle mass. If I do any less, my body maintains my current weight. No up or down. One certain way to sabotage the whole effort is to include beer in the calorie count. A reduction in daily exercise and one 12 oz beer at dinner was enough to plant 25 lbs back on my hide. No change in overall daily calorie intake.
33 posted on 08/02/2006 4:25:40 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Okay, I give up, what is "digirthity."
34 posted on 08/02/2006 4:28:59 PM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: nckerr
5-feet-10 would be considered overweight at 174-208 pounds

LOL! I'll never make it.

35 posted on 08/02/2006 4:29:08 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Rabid ethnicist.)
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To: Graybeard58

Ditto on the Diet Coke w/ whatever--I can't stand regular soda anymore.


36 posted on 08/02/2006 4:32:57 PM PDT by ECM (Government is a make-work program for lawyers.)
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To: nckerr
This is what always gets me. I mentioned on the other thread on this that my oldest son is overweight. He hates it. We eat healthy. He exercises. His siblings are all thin (the little mouth who eats all the time looks like we're starving him, since he's so skinny) His father's side of the family is all big (I don't necessarily mean fat either). My husband was a chubby kid and grew out of it when he was 13. Sometimes it's just how genetics work.

In the other post I mentioned the fat kid in "Stand By Me" -- Jerry O'Connell. He sure managed to grow out of that.

37 posted on 08/02/2006 4:33:36 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: nckerr
If you want to see what makes people fat, follow a fat person (at a discreet distance) in a grocery store.

Odds are, he or she will bypass the fresh produce section, or at most, they'll pick up some onions and potatoes to throw into the pot roast. Green veggies? Nope. Fruit? Well, maybe a couple of lemons for cocktail garnishment, but melons, apples, plums, bananas? Not likely.

They'll stop at the bakery section, of course -- white bread, not whole wheat. And, God knows, at the butcher section. Heavy on the beef and bacon, light on the fish.

Watching them at the dairy case is like watching the Huns sack Rome. Cheese, whole milk, butter (or margarine, just as bad), sour cream. And eggs, of course. Double up on them.

Still, all of the foregoing can be defined as "real food" -- all fine, in moderation, a concept that many find difficult to grasp.

Where the porkers really go wrong is in the soft drink aisle, the chips and snacks aisle, and in the "convenience food" aisle. Rest assured, whether it's packaged, canned or frozen, most products will be full of fat (mostly saturated), sugar, and salt -- because those ingredients are cheap, and, let's face it, tasty (at least to some).

38 posted on 08/02/2006 4:40:10 PM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (Some people are like Slinkies: totally useless, but fun to throw down a stair.)
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I'm still convinced that the majority of the problem is due to the preservatives in food, especially the pre-prepared foods.

When you go to a restaurant, they give you enough food for 3 meals. I always eat about a third and take the rest home for lunch or dinner for a couple of days.

39 posted on 08/02/2006 4:43:51 PM PDT by McGavin999 (God watch over the young lions of Israel!)
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To: Ditter
I haven't been to a pool lately but when I see overweight kids, they usually look like shorter versions of their parents. The entire family will be overweight

Gravity - the new force of family togetherness.

40 posted on 08/02/2006 4:47:22 PM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: msnimje
Okay, I give up, what is "digirthity."

Dignity + girth?

41 posted on 08/02/2006 4:49:55 PM PDT by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican
""I'll take a double quarterpounder with cheese, supersized fries, and a (Drum roll please).....................diet coke."

I get strange looks when I request whipped cream on my mocha light frappacino at Starbucks. Hey, at least I'm cutting SOME of the calories of a regular. Actually, I don't often have the luxury of gourmet coffee drinks and, fortunately, there isn't a Starbucks, or the equivalent, close to me, but when I am on the road and the opportunity presents itself...well, I must admit to occasionally giving in to that particular temptation.

42 posted on 08/02/2006 4:52:53 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile!)
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To: doc30
Dignity + girth?

That works.
43 posted on 08/02/2006 4:53:45 PM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: nckerr

Wow... according to the BMI I am overweight. I'm 5'10" and 180lb. But I lift weights quite a bit, have a nice build with a fully visible 6 pack. When I do self body fat measurements I'm around 10%. I can guarantee you that almost no one who would see me would every classify me as overweight.


44 posted on 08/02/2006 4:55:06 PM PDT by undeniable logic
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To: nckerr
"three-quarters of obese Americans say they have healthy eating habits"

Two Big Macs, a large fry , and a DIET coke....

45 posted on 08/02/2006 4:56:33 PM PDT by dakine
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To: nckerr

Wow.....I never knew so many people gave a crap about other people's weight.


46 posted on 08/02/2006 4:58:05 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: WV Mountain Mama
"The epidemic of fat children is alarming..."

When my 9-year old grandson was here, I noticed that he is starting to get a little bit of a gut on him, not bad, but enough to notice. Neither of his parents have an ounce of extra fat anywhere on their bodies. The problem is, he's an extremely picky eater, and most everything he actually likes is bad for him. Add to that the fact that you almost have to force him to go outdoors because his neurotic dad has made him so afraid of every possible life form that he might encounter "out there," and you have a recipe for problems.

47 posted on 08/02/2006 5:01:07 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile!)
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To: prion
"What is it, twelve servings of cereals they used to push?"

Most recently, I read that we should eat at least 6 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. If I ate 6 servings of ANYTHING in a day, I would look like the Goodyear blimp.

48 posted on 08/02/2006 5:04:27 PM PDT by sweetliberty (Stupidity should make you sterile!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
-feet-10 would be considered overweight at 174-208 pounds

LOL! I'll never make it.

Don't feel bad.

Back "in the day" I was "overweight-borderline obese"...but was curling over 200#; did my "Kennedy 50 miler"; bench pressing 250#; and regulary swam a mile at least once a week.

The rest of the time I was either longshoring, stevedoring, dancing, or skiing, in between hiking, hunting, camping.

5-10 and never weighed less than 180 then; more often, I was about 200#. Oh, did I mention that all that was despite asthma?

These "pyramid people" make me want to puke.

49 posted on 08/02/2006 5:12:39 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: ApplegateRanch
"Pyramid people":

All base, and no room at the top for any sense.

It is the "scientific" equivalent of "zero tolerance" that keeps them from having to think or reason.
50 posted on 08/02/2006 5:19:11 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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