Monday, April 28, 2008

Welcome to America

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Approximately 127 million adults in the U.S. are overweight, 60 million are obese (Body Mass Index or BMI > 30) and 9 million are extremely obese (Body Mass Index or BMI > 40).

Currently, an estimated 65.2 percent of U.S. adults, age 20 years and older, and 15 percent of children and adolescents are overweight and 30.5 percent are obese (childhood or pediatric obesity).

Approximately 62 percent of female Americans are considered overweight.

Approximately 67 percent of male Americans are considered overweight.


And Americans think "terrorism" is a bigger threat to their lives.

How well propaganda works.


At 2:05 PM, April 28, 2008 , Anonymous RJEsq said...

Oh. My. God.
Exactly what part of the body is that?

At 6:32 PM, April 28, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

It looks like her belly.

Nasty shit, huh?

At 9:56 AM, April 29, 2008 , Blogger RR said...

Very true...

The woman pictured is probably more scared of terrorists than the plaques clogging her arteries at this very moment...

People are irrational... Even when the data is in front of them (like the number of people dying from heart disease vs. acts of terrorism) they refuse to believe it.

At 10:35 AM, April 29, 2008 , Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Poor woman. We'd have more compassion if she was addicted to Meth rather than food butin either case I hate to mock people for an affliction.

To be fair, that body mass index would have Michael Jordan obese and not me although I could stand to lose a few pounds and he doesn't need to.

Our "standard" body type has changed over the years and what is overweight and underweight now is much different than during my childhood. The media promoted the same kind of statistics not long ago when the standards for "normal" blood pressure changed. They made it sound like everyone was suddenly sicker when nothing had changed.

Being a person who has had to eat quite a bit less than 1000 calories a day to keep from ballooning even when I was an athletic youth, I have a bit of sympathy for others with the same genes.

Besides, that poor woman is less of a danger to me than the skinny alcoholic ape in the white house.

At 3:19 PM, April 29, 2008 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice picture.

Not your typical picture though. Now you owe us more baby pictures.

I agree with "haven't the foggiest", in that the body fat index is out of whack.

Still obesity is a serious problem in the U.S.


At 2:19 PM, May 01, 2008 , Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Our ancestors used to spend their lives in hunger and searching for food. That's how we evolved. Obesity is becoming a problem everywhere that modern prosperity makes food better and more available while it's no longer necessary to walk miles every day in search of it.

America is just a little bit ahead of the wave.

At 6:54 PM, May 01, 2008 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

American food also has horrid amounts of crap in it that makes people fat. I recently read about MSG and MSG equivalents in the food and had to toss out most of our pantry.

At 8:09 AM, May 02, 2008 , Anonymous Byrdeye said...

I think we just found a viable alternative source to oil...human blubber.

At 3:17 PM, May 05, 2008 , Blogger Craig DeLuz said...


BMI is defiantly not a good measure of whether or not someone is overweight or not. I am 6’ tall and weight 207 lbs giving me a BMI of 28.1, which is considered overweight. But BMI does not take into account those who have added muscle mass, which happens to be my situation. A better measure is to look at one’s Body-Fat Ratio. For me this is about 18 % which is considered healthy for a 38 year old man.

The most accurate way to measure your body fat ratio is hydrostatic weighing. But this method can prove to be cost prohibitive. On the other hand, there are plenty of devices on the market that electronically measure your fat. They are not as accurate and can be prone to human error. But if used properly to measure your progress in reducing body fat, they are great.

Good Post!

At 6:38 PM, May 05, 2008 , Blogger RR said...

The Japanese have been using MSG (now synthesize, but naturally occurring too) for more than a century -- and they are long-lived.

While I try hard to avoid man-made chemicals in my food -- there are way too many -- this one seems to disassociate into salt and glutamic-acid (a common amino acid) fairly easily.

I don't really know the chemistry ... but given the concentrations the Chinese, Japanese, etc. have used for a century, if there was really a problem it would have showed up there.

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