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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Brandt




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    Not only fat and irresponsible, but also stupid and greedy! No wonder they like to watch their actionfilms like "Rambo" and "Terminator" and sci-fi series like "Baywatch" - thats the picture they have of themselves which is - of course - like everything else in amerikwa.... FAKE!
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    Fat Americans sue fast food firms


    More than half of all adult Americans are overweight

    A group of overweight Americans have sued several US fast food giants accusing them of knowingly serving meals that cause obesity and disease.


    The lawsuit - filed in New York State Supreme Court in the Bronx - says that McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Kentucky Fried Chicken misled customers by enticing them with greasy, salty and sugary food.

    "The fast-food industry has wrecked my life," Caesar Barbar, one of plaintiffs, told the New York Post.

    Mr Barbar - a 57-year-old maintenance supervisor who weighs almost 125 kilograms (275 pounds) - said he regularly ate fast food until 1996, when a doctor warned his diet could potentially kill him.

    Mr Barbar said he had already had two heart attacks and has been suffering from diabetes.

    'Bad eating habits'

    "I always thought it was good for you. I never thought there was anything wrong with it," he said.

    A recent assessment of obesity in the US found that more than a half of all adult Americans were overweight.

    About 54 million adults were classified as obese - that is people who are about 15 kilos or more over the healthy norm based on height - and hundreds of thousands of deaths each year were attributed to obesity-related diseases.

    Health groups say one of the biggest culprits
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    Quote Originally Posted by DreamWalker
    Are you sure about that Skadi? eyes:
    : Sure about what?...That Australians are fast becoming a majority of fatties or/and that the sizing of clothes has changed? Both!... I am 100% sure about the sizing conspiracy..I have been 50kg (and the same measurements) since 16...I know my size...The major fashion stores have even admitted that they have altered the sizes!

    It is also known that the average women of today are generally 'larger' than past times.. being the average size 14-16 (present day)......from 10-12 size in the 1950's.

    Perhaps people should take up smoking & physical hard work again... :laugh: Instead of back filling their stomachs & sitting on their arses. :speechles

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    Well, I can attest to this. I have been on a cruise and I saw some fat people. The worst thing is, all they do is eat! Of all the things to do on a cruise ship (pools, tennis courts, duty-free shops, gyms, concerts, plays, spas, casinos, I can go on forever), all they do is hang out at the buffet. Mind you, the food on the ship I was on was good, but not so good that I could not stop eating and go enjoy the other activities the cruise ship has to offer.

    I like to call these people "benchers", because they are so damn fat they take up the whole bench!

    I also work in the tourism industry here in Nova Scotia, I see a lot of benchers in the average work day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Brandt
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    "Look, we're Americans: optimistic, addicted to the quick fix, constantly on the hunt for the new and exotic. It's much easier for us to accept a guy with a big white beard hawking his own custom blend of saw palmetto and squirrel dandruff that it is to hear a real doctor telling us to lay off the Big Macs, and get off our fat asses and take a walk every decade or so."
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    31 States Record Increases in Adult Obesity

    Adult obesity rates increased in 31 states during the past year, leaving an estimated two-thirds of Americans vulnerable to fatal diseases such as diabetes, stroke and cancer.

    This, despite federal and state government efforts to curb the overweight epidemic, according to a new report from the Trust for America's Health.

    The report, titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing America, 2006, was released Tuesday and is the third in a series of annual reports by the trust detailing state obesity rates as well as the effectiveness of government policies to fight the problem.

    According to official figures, the adult obesity rate rose from 15 percent in 1980 to 32 percent in 2004. Combine that with the number of Americans who are overweight but not obese, and the figure stands at 64 percent. And the childhood obesity rate more than tripled between 1980 and 2004, from 5 percent to 17 percent.

    "The most important news in this report is that the obesity epidemic in America is getting worse," Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health, said at a Tuesday morning press conference. "The percentage of obese adults exceeds 25 percent in 13 states. That should sound some serious alarm bells."

    At the root of the epidemic is a combination of poor nutrition and lack of physical activity, the report stated. Being either overweight or obese increases the risk for a variety of serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

    "What's particularly distressing is that we think we understand why this is happening. It's happening because the environment is built to promote obesity, and it is so pervasive that in order to make changes, we really need to change everything," said Cathy Nonas, director of the obesity and diabetes programs at North General Hospital in New York City and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.

    The new report has Mississippi weighing in as the "largest" state, with 29.5 percent of its adult population considered obese. Alabama and West Virginia are second and third with 28.7 percent and 28.6 percent of the adult population, respectively, in the super-size category. Mississippi also has the highest combined level of obese plus overweight adults -- 67.3 percent.

    Overall, the South is the "Biggest Belt," containing nine of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates. The region is also home to nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of diabetes and hypertension, both of which are associated with obesity.

    Colorado is the "thinnest" state, with an adult obesity rate of only 16.9 percent. Other "thin" states are in the West and Northeast, including Hawaii (18.2 percent), Massachusetts (18.6 percent), Rhode Island (19.5 percent) and Montana (19.9 percent).

    Obesity rates remained stable in 18 states plus the District of Columbia.

    Every single state in the union failed to make enough progress to meet the national goal of reducing adult obesity levels to 15 percent or less by the year 2010, according to the report.

    "The 2004 and 2005 documents reported that there was no strategic policy to address obesity," Levi said. "The 2006 report shows little improvement. While there are innovative promising pilot programs under way in some parts of the country, for the most part, federal and state policies are limited in scope, designed for the short term and woefully underfunded."

    "It's a shared responsibility involving individual and society," he added.

    "We believe that all stakeholders must be involved if changes are to take place," said Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan, vice president for academic affairs at Emory University's Woodruff Health Science Center, and chairman of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Progress in Preventing Childhood Obesity.

    Among the report's other findings:
    The percentage of adults who are obese or overweight exceeds 60 percent in 28 states. West Virginia has the highest rate of type 2 diabetes among adults (10.4 percent) while Alaska has the lowest rate (4.5 percent). Mississippi has the highest rate of adult hypertension (32.7 percent) and Utah the lowest (19.8 percent). Seven states now have body mass index screening requirements in schools. All states except South Dakota have school physical education requirements, while 44 states plus Washington, D.C., have school health education requirements. There is little enforcement capability in either of these cases, however. Seventeen states plus Washington, D.C., have passed taxes on junk food or sodas.

    Efforts to combat the obesity epidemic have failed to meet their goals, Nonas said. "I don't think they're going far enough," she said. "The perfect example of this is the physical-education and health-education requirements, where states have very little ability to enforce it. It's good that people are doing this, but it's not enough."

    The report also offered a 20-step action plan to address the obesity crisis. Recommendations include improved nutritional labeling on foods; community-driven efforts to increase access to healthy foods in low-income areas; improved nutritional content on foods and beverages served and sold in schools; an improved physical environment with more and better sidewalks, parks and bike paths; better physical fitness curricula in schools; and employer-sponsored programs to increase physical activity and provide better insurance coverage for preventive services.

    A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that being obese in midlife dramatically increases your risk of dying early. People who are overweight when they are 50 have a 20 percent to 40 percent increased risk of dying prematurely. For obese people, the risk of premature death is two to three times that of normal-weight people. The primary causes of death in the group studied were heart disease and cancer.

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    Staff note: discussion about obesity in the USA has been split from this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Todesengel View Post
    Meat from supermarkets is filled with chemicals which are unhealthy. Fried meat, greasy meat tastes good, but the effects can be monstrous. Look at Americans.
    I'd rather think that the reason why Americans are more prone to be overweight would not be because of an unhealthier diet, but because of a culture which seems to preclude any type of minimal exercise even.

    If I head to the stores in town, about half a mile away, I walk as it's just ten minutes. If the American visits his friend three doors down, he takes his car. Suggest to your average American that he be walking to get his shopping done, he'll declare you insane.

    Other than that, the "Fat American" is an over-used stereotype. I have 12 cousins over there, 7 of which in Texas ("fattest US state") and 11 of them are of absolutely normal built, the other is only marginally overweight. But then again, some of them played sports at college level, both male and female

    It's a matter of general lifestyle just as much as, if not more than, diet.

    Moderation is the key.
    No, exercise is the key. If you or I ate the amount that your average professional cyclist does, or even nearly as unhealthy as them then we'd soon look like Ottfried Fischer. Since they're on their bikes for five hours, tackling three mountains in the process, they are of athletic build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    Texas ("fattest US state")
    According to this: http://forums.skadi.net/showpost.php...9&postcount=19 , Mississippi is the "fattest" state, with an average BMI of 31.6 (!), this is hilarious, this is on average, I am still puzzled by this, I really would like to know the spread of this statistic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    It's a matter of general lifestyle just as much as, if not more than, diet.
    The diet is part of the lifestyle.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    No, exercise is the key.
    Moderation is always the key. Excessive exercises like e.g. marathon runners do perform, are very unhealthy.
    You are however right, exercise is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigurd View Post
    I'd rather think that the reason why Americans are more prone to be overweight would not be because of an unhealthier diet, but because of a culture which seems to preclude any type of minimal exercise even.

    America is not the fattest nation in the world and such a prestigious title belongs to Mexico.
    And Sigurd, I saw plenty of fatties in Bavaria, so don't tell me it is cultural differences (especially our supposed laziness).

    Rather here at least it is more infrastructure related. European life is more compact and everything is in walking difference. Not to forget that your meal portions are less generous than ours. It took me awhile to get re-accustomed to the portions here once coming home.

    Here, people would rather drive for five minutes than spend a half hour walking on pollution-swamped sidways to the mall.


    Sigurd, I don't mind exercising or walking. I would LOVE to walk in the pristine country side and breathe clean crystal air like the kind in Switzerland or Bavaria. But I choke and get bloated after 20 minutes on our streets here, because of hundreds of automobiles going by and pumping out fumes and toxins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jäger View Post
    Mississippi is the "fattest" state, with an average BMI of 31.6 (!), this is hilarious, this is on average
    An arithmetic mean as an average is still very susceptible to correcting average figures upwards. The specimens can only be below average so far (With a BMI of 14 you're virtually dead), but can be far beyond average (You've got numerous people with a BMI of 30 - eqaully far from the "healthy average" of 20-24).

    For example take a sports team whose attendance over a season of 20 games is as follows:

    11,000 - 11,000 - 11,500 - 7,000 - 6,500 - 10,000 - 12,000 - 8,500 - 9,000 - 8,000 - 9,200 - 9,100 - 9,000 - 9,350 - 10,200 - 7,000 - 7,000 - 9,000 - 11,000 - 72,900.

    This would make an average of 12412-12413 supporters. Despite the fact that 19/20 games had an attendance less than that, it is the one with the exceedingly high attendance which raised the arithmetic mean so far to make 95% of all games to be "below average attendance".

    Likewise, use a sample of 20 people and their BMIs as follows:

    43,7 - 43,3 - 17,5 - 17,3 - 24,0 - 24,0 - 23,9 - 23,1 - 23,9 - 23,8 - 23,8 - 23,1 - 23,9 - 23,5 - 23,7 - 23,9 - 23,8 - 17,5 - 17,7 - 43,1

    This sample thus consists of: 13 healthy people, 3 dangerously overweight people and 4 dangerously underweight people.

    This study would find that this population sample's average BMI was 25,425 and thus above the "healthy average" of 20-24. A study would find that at large, it would be healthy for this population to reduce their weight a little.

    See where the danger in that may lie?


    Other than that, BMI is a bad indicator, as it does not take into account bone structure, physiological build, torso/leg ratio nor muscle mass: According to BMI both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hermann Maier would be considered "overweight".
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