Obesity in America

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    Mar 15, 2013 10:35 AM GMT
  • MikemikeMike

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    Mar 15, 2013 10:58 AM GMT
    Bloomberg tried to ban large soda/pop in NYC. Didn't pass. Too hard to regulate.icon_idea.gif
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    Mar 15, 2013 11:09 AM GMT
    So... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Mar 15, 2013 11:23 AM GMT
    The notion that obesity is a strictly American problem is wrong

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    Mar 15, 2013 11:24 AM GMT
    Larkin saidSo... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.


    While obesity harms quality of life and negatively impacts health, there is no clear correlation that it reduces lifespan.
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    Mar 15, 2013 11:27 AM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    Larkin saidSo... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.


    While obesity harms quality of life and negatively impacts health, there is no clear correlation that it reduces lifespan.


    What about obesity's side effects - diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension - don't they certainly reduce lifespan?
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    Mar 15, 2013 11:35 AM GMT
    believeitornot said
    FitGwynedd said
    Larkin saidSo... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.


    While obesity harms quality of life and negatively impacts health, there is no clear correlation that it reduces lifespan.


    What about obesity's side effects - diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension - don't they certainly reduce lifespan?


    Type II diabetes is from obesity and is easily managed unlike type I.
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    Mar 15, 2013 11:38 AM GMT
    That documentary made me hungry.
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    Mar 15, 2013 12:15 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidBloomberg tried to ban large soda/pop in NYC. Didn't pass. Too hard to regulate.icon_idea.gif


    A couple of issues with this.

    1. You can always buy two 16 ounce sodas rather than one 32 ounce. That's not only a waste to the consumer, but also the company. Not to mention, it's an illusion of regulation.

    2. Many restaurants that serve "super sized" drinks have self-serve soda fountains where you can get as many refills as you want.

    3. This is the most important...it's not the government's job to tell me how big of a drink I can purchase. If I want to buy a 100 ounce soda, that's my choice. I realize there's an obesity problem in this country, but it's not their job to tell us what we should do. They should provide education on better diet and exercise, but ultimately it's up to the citizen to do what is right. If someone wants to be 400 pounds, I support that right. Who am I to stop them?
  • Kairr

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    Mar 15, 2013 12:35 PM GMT
    Still, we are the fattest, with a big gap from what's being 2nd.

    And what else we got. We have the highest teen pregnancy (as to 3-4 times the amount of what's being 2nd) and like the 2nd? highest motor vehicle death rate. Though debatable, these are obliviously issues for us.



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    Mar 15, 2013 1:30 PM GMT
    believeitornot said
    FitGwynedd said
    Larkin saidSo... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.


    While obesity harms quality of life and negatively impacts health, there is no clear correlation that it reduces lifespan.


    What about obesity's side effects - diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension - don't they certainly reduce lifespan?


    Yes they do! I work in the ICU and I had a patient who died of complications from obesity. His cholesterol and blood pressure were through the roof and we tried to save his life. He was 40 years old.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Mar 15, 2013 1:33 PM GMT
    I like the new "Nutrition Score" thing they're trying to push. If there's one way to get at least people from my generation to eat healthier, make it an easy-to-count numbers race.

    This especially goes for gamers, a lot of whom are overweight but still like having their numbers be higher than someone else's. icon_biggrin.gif
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Mar 15, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    Also how the CDC defines is sketchy. Like it doesn't account for muscle weight, and it isn't a perfect example of the whole US.
  • jock_1

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    Mar 15, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    I thought it was only lesbians that were Obese? Time for a big gulp and a Wendys baconator !
  • Zinc

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    Mar 15, 2013 5:21 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    believeitornot said
    FitGwynedd said
    Larkin saidSo... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.


    While obesity harms quality of life and negatively impacts health, there is no clear correlation that it reduces lifespan.


    What about obesity's side effects - diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension - don't they certainly reduce lifespan?


    Type II diabetes is from obesity and is easily managed unlike type I.


    People in overweight category have been shown by a few large N studies to have LESS mortality overall as compared to "normal" weight.
  • Zinc

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    Mar 15, 2013 5:33 PM GMT
    It's interesting though, that sumo wrestlers do not seem to get any of those comorbidities.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSSeRp6Dtn0 sorry the video doesn't allow for embedding.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Mar 15, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    Erik101 said
    believeitornot said
    FitGwynedd said
    Larkin saidSo... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.


    While obesity harms quality of life and negatively impacts health, there is no clear correlation that it reduces lifespan.


    What about obesity's side effects - diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension - don't they certainly reduce lifespan?


    Yes they do! I work in the ICU and I had a patient who died of complications from obesity. His cholesterol and blood pressure were through the roof and we tried to save his life. He was 40 years old.


    Or did he not have insurance? I know in the US your chances of life or death are dependent on your insurance plan.
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    I'm the pink sheep of my family. Gay and I don't weight 200 lbs. Never been a big fan of fast food which helps, also I could be adopted, or from outer space.
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    Mar 15, 2013 7:20 PM GMT
    ^^ "pink sheep". Love it! Evocative!

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  • O5vx

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    Mar 15, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
    That shit is gross. America needs to get its shit together, especially when it comes to foods young kids put into their body. I could honestly tell you that I have only been to fast food like maybe 9 times in my adult life. I was not brought up with that type of mentality at all. Everything I eat was made from fresh produce from the store.
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    Mar 15, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    FitGwynedd said
    believeitornot said
    FitGwynedd said
    Larkin saidSo... Al Jazeera made a video of fat Americans making excuses for why they *choose* to eat food they know is killing them. And blames the cook.

    Sounds about right.


    While obesity harms quality of life and negatively impacts health, there is no clear correlation that it reduces lifespan.


    What about obesity's side effects - diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension - don't they certainly reduce lifespan?


    Type II diabetes is from obesity and is easily managed unlike type I.


    Easily managed? Would that it were so. From experience, I can tell you that it is much more easily said than done.
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    Mar 15, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    Kairr saidStill, we are the fattest, with a big gap from what's being 2nd.



    Unfortunately, Mexico is right up there.

    For example:
    http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-04/world/mexico.obesity_1_obesity-rates-obese-people-junk-food?_s=PM:WORLD
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    Mar 15, 2013 9:36 PM GMT
    justin_pal said
    Kairr saidStill, we are the fattest, with a big gap from what's being 2nd.



    Unfortunately, Mexico is right up there.

    For example:
    http://articles.cnn.com/2011-01-04/world/mexico.obesity_1_obesity-rates-obese-people-junk-food?_s=PM:WORLD


    Heaviest nation is actually Tonga in the South Pacific.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9345086/The-worlds-fattest-countries-how-do-you-compare.html
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    Mar 16, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    MikemikeMike saidBloomberg tried to ban large soda/pop in NYC. Didn't pass. Too hard to regulate.icon_idea.gif

    It most certainly did pass. It has been blocked by a judge's order.

    Thanks for correcting the misinformation. Still can't quite understand the judges ruling.