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One billion people overweight, 300 million obese worldwide
Breitbart.com ^ | Oct 19 11:41 AM US/Eastern | Staff

Posted on 10/19/2006 11:55:37 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative

For every four adults in the world who are malnourished five more are overweight, 30 percent of them clinically obese, according to the World Health Organization.

The scourge of obesity, bringing in its train a host of health and economic problems that could one day cripple economies, is more prevalent in some countries than others, but still constitutes a global epidemic, says WHO.

A billion people out of the world's six billion population are now considered overweight, compared with 800 million who do not have enough to eat.

Some 2,000 health experts gather in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday for a four-day conference on treatment and prevention of obesity, organized by the North American Society for the Study of Obesity (NAASO).

While accounting for less than five percent of the population in China, Japan and some African nations, the proportion of obesity -- at the other extreme -- exceeds 75 percent in some urban zones of Samoa, and 45 percent among certain demographic groups in the United States, notably among African Americans.

And even within China, more than 20 percent of the people in certain cities are classified as seriously overweight.

The international standard for determining obesity is the body-mass index (BMI), defined as one's weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's height in meters.

A person who is 1.80 meters (5 feet 11 inches) tall and weights 90 kilos (198 pounds) will be considered as overweight because his BMI -- 27.8 -- is above 25kg/m2, and would be classified as obese if weighing 100 kilos (220 pounds), yielding a BMI -- 30.8 -- above 30kg/m2.

In the United States, 30 percent of adults are clinically obese, some 60 million people. In Europe, Britain tops the list with 23 percent, nearly twice the rate in Germany, where 12 percent tip the scales into obesity, according to the OECD. Italy -- the land of pasta -- only counts eight percent of its population as severely overweight.

But even in European countries where obesity is less prevalent, the percentage has increased steadily over time. In France, with a population of just over 60 million, 5.9 million people are obese today, whereas the figure for 10 years ago was only 3.6.

Overall, there are some 200 million adults in the EU -- fully 45 percent of the population -- who are measurably overweight.

Rates of excess weight and obesity have climbed to alarming levels among children too, experts say.

There are about 14 million overweight pre-teen youngsters in the European Union -- at least 3 million of them obese -- with an additional 500,000 crossing the line every year, according to recent study by the International Task Force on Obesity.

In Portugal, more than 30 percent of 9-to-16 year olds are obese, three times more than a decade ago, prompting health minister Antonio Correia de Campos to warn recently that "50 percent of the Portuguese population will be obese in 2050 if nothing is done."

In the United States, the proportion of youth between the age of six and 19 classified as overweight tripled between 1980 and 2002, according to a federal study published earlier this year by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Developing countries are not immune to the problem, experts note. In Thailand, for example, the percentage of five-to-twelve year olds who are obese has climbed from 12.2 to 15.6 in only two years, according to WHO.

In general, obesity rates start to climb towards epidemic levels in developing nations as the sedentary lifestyles and rich diets -- laden with sugar, fats and salt -- common in many Western countries take hold, noted experts and the 10th International Congress on Obesity, held in Sydney in September.

The exploding rates of obesity contribute heavily to increased rates of many chronic diseases such as type-2 diabetes, hyper-tension, arteriosclerosis, cerebral hemorrhaging, and certain kinds of cancer.

Type-2 diabetes was once a disease that only affected adults, most often advanced in age, but today it has become common even among obese pre-adolescent children, WHO said.

Ninety percent of those afflicted with type-2 diabetes are either overweight or obese.



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The international standard for determining obesity is the body-mass index (BMI), defined as one's weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's height in meters.

A person who is 1.80 meters (5 feet 11 inches) tall and weights 90 kilos (198 pounds) will be considered as overweight because his BMI -- 27.8 -- is above 25kg/m2, and would be classified as obese if weighing 100 kilos (220 pounds), yielding a BMI -- 30.8 -- above 30kg/m2.

Another idiotic use of BMI. BMI doesn't take into consideration the composition of body mass.

1 posted on 10/19/2006 11:55:38 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

We used to have to worry about the hungry people worldwide. Now we have to worry about the fat people worldwide. At least the Official Issue Makers give us some diversity.


2 posted on 10/19/2006 11:59:39 PM PDT by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Wow - WE'VE PUT AN END TO WORLD HUNGER!!!

And to think - we though that news would be welcomed with applause...


3 posted on 10/20/2006 12:00:16 AM PDT by dandelion
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To: dandelion

someone hand me a donut !


4 posted on 10/20/2006 12:03:01 AM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (The Buckeye State: Where champions are born and dreams come true !)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Question: I'm 5'8" tall, weigh 155 pounds, male. What is my BMI, and am I considered fat, skinny, obese?


5 posted on 10/20/2006 12:07:28 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Paleo Conservative; All

From Richard Jeni in his "A Steaming Pile of Me" HBO special:

RJ: "Do you realize that one out of every three people in the US,.....weighs as much as the other two??"


6 posted on 10/20/2006 12:08:09 AM PDT by musicman
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To: Cobra64
Question: I'm 5'8" tall, weigh 155 pounds, male. What is my BMI, and am I considered fat, skinny, obese?

First let's convert your statistics to metric.

5'8.0" ~ 1.73 cm

155 lbs ~ 70.5 kg

BMIC64 = 70.5 / (1.73)2 = 23.5
7 posted on 10/20/2006 12:18:38 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative; Cobra64
5'8.0" ~ 1.73 cm

Should be 1.73 m

8 posted on 10/20/2006 12:20:31 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

Where is a BMI of 23.5 on the skinny-to-fat scale?


9 posted on 10/20/2006 12:24:30 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: All

I'm fat and Proud!

Who cares about healthy when you've got money!


10 posted on 10/20/2006 12:28:55 AM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Sorry, but quite predictably, that after getting us smokers, they are going after you folks that don’t quite measure up!

Geez, what was I thinking when I thought that I lived in a country that allowed its’ citizens to live free.


11 posted on 10/20/2006 12:33:15 AM PDT by FMBass (“Now that I’m sober I watch a lot of news” – Garofalo: From “Treason” by Coulter)
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To: Cobra64

You're good.


12 posted on 10/20/2006 12:56:41 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Paleo Conservative; windcliff
Oh no. It's a Fatastrophe.
13 posted on 10/20/2006 1:12:35 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Paleo Conservative
I prefer to use

BMI = (weight in pounds * 703 ) / (height in inches)².

155*703/68*68= 23.565

14 posted on 10/20/2006 1:20:16 AM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Paleo Conservative

So should we stop feeding the world?


15 posted on 10/20/2006 1:22:52 AM PDT by gilor (Pull the wool over your own eyes!)
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To: Paleo Conservative

"Another idiotic use of BMI. BMI doesn't take into consideration the composition of body mass."

Well, I seriously doubt that it's going to throw the percentages off by that much, but it will some, particularly in the US, where you have a lot of guys who workout quite a bit.

I know "someone" who is technically overweight at 6' and 208 pounds, but this "someone" is also only around 10% bodyfat with a 33" inch weight, a six pack, and works out 5 days a week. And yes, that's part of the complete inadequacy of BMI.


16 posted on 10/20/2006 2:38:08 AM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: CheyennePress

Could you post his phone number, please? ;)


17 posted on 10/20/2006 3:31:36 AM PDT by Wage Slave (Good fences make good neighbors. -- Robert Frost)
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To: Irish Rose

The past couple of years, I have attended my law school reunion at homecoming (GO DAWGS). I noticed that among the attendees, a low percentage of overweight people and very few obese people. This may cause some to joke that lawyers have "that lean and hungry look" like Cassius in "Julius Caesar." I opine that obesity is less prevalent among the educated and professionals. Ever check out how many obese people line up for free food or welfare?


18 posted on 10/20/2006 4:52:28 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Cobra64
Where is a BMI of 23.5 on the skinny-to-fat scale?

According to the article you are just a little below the minimum for being overweight. They claim being over 25 is overweight. Notice there is no adjustment made for males or females. It is a really stupid index.

19 posted on 10/20/2006 6:20:05 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: MaxMax

Fat bump!

:-)

and jolly, t'boot!


20 posted on 10/20/2006 6:22:29 AM PDT by bannie
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To: MaxMax
I'm fat and Proud! Who cares about healthy when you've got money!

I'm happy to have both, but I'd rather be healthy.

21 posted on 10/20/2006 6:24:54 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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To: Paleo Conservative
being over 25 is overweight

I'm 54...born in 1952. I was thin until I was in my 40's, so they're wrong!

(just kidding...I get it.)

22 posted on 10/20/2006 6:25:26 AM PDT by bannie
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To: Cobra64
Where is a BMI of 23.5 on the skinny-to-fat scale?

BMI below 18.5 is Underweight
BMI of 18.5 – 24.9 is Normal
BMI of 25.0 – 29.9 is Overweight
BMI 30.0 and above is Obese

Here are a couple of websites that will calculate your BMI.

www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/index.htm

23 posted on 10/20/2006 6:26:28 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: DumpsterDiver
Here's what is ridiculous.

I weigh 185 lbs. and am 5'11". According to the BMI, I am overweight. Now, not too long ago, I certainly was overweight, but now I run around 35 miles a week. No way I'm overweight.

24 posted on 10/20/2006 6:29:40 AM PDT by jude24 ("I will oppose the sword if it's not wielded well, because my enemies are men like me.")
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To: Paleo Conservative

Hope they don't all do aerobics at the same time. Could knock the earth out of orbit.


25 posted on 10/20/2006 6:30:07 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
among the attendees

There's the problem. Who attends a reunion if they don't like being looked at? There are a lot of people who stay out of view.

It's interesting to people watch near Christmas time, the only time of year most everyone comes out of the woodwork. You can see the full population, lots of interesting characters that normally don't shop much.

26 posted on 10/20/2006 6:42:59 AM PDT by Reeses
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To: Paleo Conservative

This is going to contribute to global warming. The weight of all these fat people are going to slow down the rotation of the earth. That means there will be less wind and it's going to get hot.


27 posted on 10/20/2006 6:51:03 AM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: jude24

Hmmmmm. If the average weight of people worldwide keeps going up, what will eventually be considered 'normal' BMI?


28 posted on 10/20/2006 6:51:37 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Reeses

This reunion included a BBQ, southern style and a football game. I don't think the fatties were hiding out.


29 posted on 10/20/2006 6:56:23 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: jude24
No way I'm overweight.

Dear Comrade,

The BMI never lies!

Signed,
Your Leader

30 posted on 10/20/2006 7:02:58 AM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Irish Rose

"The international standard for determining obesity is the body-mass index (BMI), defined as one's weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's height in meters. "

That tells you all you need to know right there. The root cause of global obesity is the metric system, and the fact that we no longer teach math skills.


31 posted on 10/20/2006 7:10:16 AM PDT by Flash Bazbeaux
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To: I Drive Too Fast

Nice word lol.


32 posted on 10/20/2006 8:04:29 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: DumpsterDiver
Thanks DD. It looks like I'm on the edge of being overweight...

I have not gut and my cloths that I wore 40 years ago as a teenager still fit.

33 posted on 10/20/2006 9:24:36 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Thanks PC. Based on my appearance (no gut) all of my friends and neighbors think I could stil gain another 5-10 lbs.!


34 posted on 10/20/2006 9:26:01 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: Paleo Conservative
300 million obese worldwide...

Well, don't antagonize them. They start jumping up and down in unison and the dang Earth will fall out of orbit.

35 posted on 10/20/2006 9:40:01 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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One billion people out of the world's six billion population are now considered overweight, compared with 800 million who do not have enough to eat.

Simple solution:

Kill the obese and feed them to the hungry.

Two problems, one stone.

36 posted on 10/20/2006 9:42:28 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Islam is a pathological disorder masquerading as a religion.)
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Once in a while my Wife and I go to an all you can eat place. Frequently, we are the smallest people there. She weighs 130 and weigh 205. After going there, I wonder why I wanted to eat there. Some of the 300lbs people eat 3 plates piled high with food. A lot of the food is not veggies.
Wouldn't you hate to be a Gynecologist and have patients like these!
37 posted on 10/20/2006 10:32:57 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Lazamataz
Two problems, one stone.

Perhaps it's two problems, twenty stone?

38 posted on 10/20/2006 11:01:14 AM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Cobra64

I wouldn't call 23.9 BMI the edge of overweight. That's pretty much what I shot for, and I had to drop 100 pounds to get there. My BMI now is in that range, and I'm pretty thin.


39 posted on 10/20/2006 11:19:22 AM PDT by mysterio
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"...bringing in its train a host of health and economic problems that could one day cripple economies,..."


The solution is to end all socialize healthcare. Return the cost of medical care back to the individual. It should not be society's problem to provide "free" medical care for it's citizens.

If the governement was not involved, then the problem would correct itself.

You can trace the rise in the cost of healthcare to the point when the individual quit paying for their own care, and third parties began picking up the cost.

40 posted on 10/20/2006 11:25:46 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN
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To: Paleo Conservative

This could be the cause of global warming. The excessive mass of these peeps is affecting the earths rotation causing the warming effect. Not to mention the methane.


41 posted on 10/20/2006 11:28:09 AM PDT by Busywhiskers (Democrats delinda est.)
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To: CheyennePress
know "someone" who is technically overweight at 6' and 208 pounds, but this "someone" is also only around 10% bodyfat with a 33" inch weight, a six pack, and works out 5 days a week. And yes, that's part of the complete inadequacy of BMI.

My husband is like this. Walks all day for his job, barely any body fat, and he eats one meal a day. According to BMI he's overweight.

42 posted on 10/20/2006 11:29:18 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Paleo Conservative

This means that water and carbon are being pulled out of the ground and distributed outward, thereby slowing the earth's rotation. Combined with the implied increase in methane, this will "definitely" contribute to global warming. Dibs on the research grant!


43 posted on 10/20/2006 11:31:17 AM PDT by Ragnar54
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To: Paleo Conservative
BMI is stupid, I agree.

BMI states that I am a 21.4, considered the middle of the normal weight, when I know that for my body type, I am overweight.

BMI states that my husband is 27.7, considered overweight, when he is cut from muscle head to toe and has the Scottish, stocky build. HMMMMM.

44 posted on 10/20/2006 11:36:00 AM PDT by Kaylee Frye
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To: Paleo Conservative
BMI=Body Massive Index


45 posted on 10/20/2006 11:43:41 AM PDT by WKB (I Refuse To Have A Battle Of Wits With An Unarmed Person.)
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To: WKB
Ugh, I knew that picture would make it on the thread...I just can't imagine how that happens.

Hate to post and leave, but I get on the treadmill about now and don't get off until 4. The kids are napping... :)
46 posted on 10/20/2006 11:52:12 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama (I fear no root beer.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast
Fatastrophe.

LMAO!

47 posted on 10/20/2006 12:02:11 PM PDT by rattrap
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To: WKB

Wow! That's hard to believe. Time takes care of this type situation. Visit a retirement community and look around for overweight residents. They don't make it that long.


48 posted on 10/20/2006 12:02:13 PM PDT by toddst
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To: Paleo Conservative

Pretty much if you don't look like Calista Flockhart, you're fat according to BMI.


49 posted on 10/20/2006 12:08:17 PM PDT by RockinRight (She rocks my world, and I rock her world.)
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To: WV Mountain Mama

Bump To The Top

50 posted on 10/20/2006 2:21:03 PM PDT by WKB (I Refuse To Have A Battle Of Wits With An Unarmed Person.)
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