OBESE Americans 'has quadrupled since the 1980s to about 4 million!' - TennisForum.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 2003, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: In an Iglo in Canada
Posts: 4,404
                     
Exclamation OBESE Americans 'has quadrupled since the 1980s to about 4 million!'

Study: 1 in 50 Americans Morbidly Obese
1 hour, 58 minutes ago Add Health - AP to My Yahoo!
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...reme_obesity_2

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO - Americans are not just getting fatter, they are ballooning to extremely obese proportions at an alarming rate.


AP Photo

The number of extremely obese American adults — those who are at least 100 pounds overweight — has quadrupled since the 1980s to about 4 million. That works out to about 1 in every 50 adults.


Extreme obesity once was thought to be a rare, distinct condition whose prevalence remained relatively steady over time. The new study contradicts that thinking and suggests that it is at least partly due to the same kinds of behavior — overeating and under-activity — that have contributed to the epidemic number of Americans with less severe weight problems.


In fact, the findings by a RAND Corp. researcher show that the number of extremely obese adults has surged twice as fast as the number of less severely obese adults.


On the scale of obesity, "as the whole population shifts to the right, the extreme categories grow the fastest," said RAND economist Roland Sturm. He added: "These people have the highest health care costs."


Sturm said health problems associated with obesity — including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and arthritis — probably affect the extremely obese disproportionately and at young ages.


Sturm analyzed annual telephone surveys conducted nationwide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His report covers surveys from 1986 through 2000. The findings appear in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine.


In 1986, 1 in 200 adults reported height and weight measurements reflecting extreme obesity, or a body-mass index of at least 40. By 2000 that had jumped to 1 in 50, Sturm found.


The prevalence of the most extreme obesity — people with a BMI of at least 50 — grew fivefold from 1 in 2,000 to 1 in 400, Sturm said.


By contrast, ordinary obesity — a BMI of 30 to 35 — doubled, from about 1 in 10 to 1 in 5, based on the same surveys.


Body-mass index is a ratio of height to weight.


Americans tend to understate their weight, and a recent study based on actual measurements found an obesity rate of nearly 1 in 3, or almost 59 million people. Sturm said his findings probably understate the problem for the same reason.


The average man with a BMI of 40 in Sturm's study was 5-foot-10 and 300 pounds, while the average woman was 5-foot-4 and 250 pounds.


Dr. Mary Vernon, a trustee of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, said the study reflects what doctors who specialize in treating obesity are seeing in their offices. Vernon said the number of her patients weighing 300 to 350 pounds or so has doubled in the past several years.


She said thinking has evolved from a generation ago, when many doctors believed extreme obesity was due to hormonal abnormalities or other distinct conditions.


Now many believe it is a combination of lifestyle factors and genetics, as well as a propensity for some people's bodies to be hyper-efficient at storing calories. This tendency would benefit people in societies where starvation is rampant but is a huge problem in developed countries where food is plentiful and lifestyles are increasingly sedentary, Vernon said.


Vernon said the biggest challenge in treating severely obese people, who typically have tried mightily to lose weight, "is giving them enough hope that it's worth trying again."

--------------------------------------------------
SOMETHING needs to be done
are people not cncerned about their health? or are they just too damn lazy.
People have much more leisure time, so don't give the 'so much work' thing. I think the problem is that people have too much leisure time, so they stay in, and if they go out, they go to Mcdonalds every day.
I don't think the situation is much better in Canada.
Also, today I was walking by Mcdonalds, and a family of four was in their van eating grossly at the hamburgers and fries and coke, it was disgusting.
What should be done?
There is no easy solution I can think off for the government or any other organization to put in place that won't take freedom away.
CanadianBoy21 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 2003, 11:51 PM
Senior Member
 
Bacardi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Raccoon City's Hive
Posts: 14,737
                     
Go figure, all you see here are fat asses or bags of bones. What happened to a balanced middle?

I'm BACK & SINGLE. So lock up all the hotties!
Bacardi is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 2003, 11:53 PM
country flag ys
Adrenaline junkie
 
ys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: always on the move
Posts: 21,550
                     
It's OK, the more meat the nation has, the more its potential is in case of hunger.
ys is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 01:22 AM
Senior Member
 
TennisHack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Sjengster's loving arms
Posts: 3,729
                     
Quote:
Sturm analyzed annual telephone surveys conducted nationwide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His report covers surveys from 1986 through 2000. The findings appear in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine.
coupled with

Quote:
Americans tend to understate their weight
and the fact that the BMI is actually a relatively new way of measuring obesity falsify this article on its face. Self-report is the worst sort of data that can be collected, mostly because it cannot be clarified through any objective means. And really, how many people tell the truth in a telephone survey?

Plus it doesn't help that the standards for health keep changing. The government's response to this 'battle of the bluge' seems to be to keep raising the standards of health and beauty.

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
http://tennishack12.bravepages.com/main.html
http://www.thetenniscult.mirrorz.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AnnaLenaGroenefeld/

Kim Clijsters, 2005 US Open Champion!

TH Online: Kim tribute - and photos! - now up
TennisHack is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 01:30 AM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: In an Iglo in Canada
Posts: 4,404
                     
Though u are totally right that it should not be taken as a fact when someone tells you over the phone they are fat or skinny or 'perfect', it is also easily recognizable that the problem is on the rise.
The media has had a HUGE impact on this kind of rise. When people see beautiful people, they see themselves not being able to reach that kind of standard, and they fall into a kind of depression. something is obviously wrong with society, and it doesn't not seem to be changing any time soon.
CanadianBoy21 is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 01:32 AM
Team WTAworld
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: LA
Posts: 10,399
                     
i blame it on fast food, video games, and parents.
King Satan is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 01:51 AM
country flag ys
Adrenaline junkie
 
ys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: always on the move
Posts: 21,550
                     
Quote:
Originally Posted by King Satan
i blame it on fast food, video games, and parents.
I blame it on .. cars..

"..just knowing that as long as i choose life, there is hope."

Je ne suis pas charlie

PLAY TENNIS!
ys is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 03:51 AM
Senior Member
 
decemberlove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: My sin, my soul.
Posts: 10,491
                     
oh well... i look good


....This is fucked up, fucked up....

This is your blind spot, blind spot.
It should be obvious, but it's not.

You cannot kickstart a dead horse
You just crush yourself and walk away
I don't care what the future holds
Cause I'm right here in your arms today
With your fingers you can touch me

I'll be your black swan, black swan
I'm for spare parts, broken up.




decemberlove is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 03:59 AM
country flag vs1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: 15 hours via JFK!!!
Posts: 7,259
                     
Well, is this a surprise, really?!
American culture is obsessed with fast food, junk food, soda and processed food. Meals are now more common in cars and the quality of our meats are dire. Processed foods are stacked with trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) and I am also convinced that that is a result of our increased cancer rates and other diseases. On top of that, americans in general don't like to exercise. We like to have it the "easy" way out with stupid diets (like Atkins) and not get out there and work out. We also drive everywhere, which cuts out a huge sources of daily natural exercise. As a result, we become big and fat. And we're supposed to be surprised by this?!?!

Little darlin'

Here comes the sun

It's alright

You can come on out


SERENA WILLIAMS - 2005 AUSTRALIAN OPEN CHAMPION!!!


OFFICIAL BISHOP OF THE ROYAL COURT!

Andy_ & I are Zelda's Guys of the Decade!!!
vs1 is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 04:07 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 547
                     
just as long as i'm not obese and my family and friends aren't, then i don't care.
Malin is offline  
post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2003, 04:08 AM
country flag ys
Adrenaline junkie
 
ys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: always on the move
Posts: 21,550
                     
I tell, it's cars. Americans who live in big cities are generally much less fat, even if they eat the same junk food and play same videogames. But because they have to move much more on their feet, stand in public transportation they are not nearly as fat. People in Manhattan are generally not fat at all.

Also, as all classic books on American class system say, being fat is a certain attribute of proles. People of upper classes are not supposed to be fat.
ys is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the TennisForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Image Verification
Please enter the six letters or digits that appear in the image opposite.

Registration Image

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome