Obesity Still Rising in US Despite Push to Eat Healthy, CDC Finds

  • metta

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    Nov 13, 2015 8:07 AM GMT
    Obesity Still Rising in US Despite Push to Eat Healthy, CDC Finds

    "Obesity rates rose to approximately 37.7 percent for adults in the U.S., up from 34.9 percent in 2011 to 2012, according to a CDC survey published this week."

    "Rates of obesity in children also climbed from last year, with a rate of 17.2 percent, up from 16.9 percent in 2011 to 2012, the CDC found."


    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/obesity-rising-us-push-eat-healthy-cdc-finds/story?id=35163934
  • NursePractiti...

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    Nov 13, 2015 1:18 PM GMT
    I see it every day and the affects of it. Too many people eating the wrong stuff and not moving. And if they smoke add that to the problems. Then in the ER they get upset if we don't have 7 nurses on hand at anytime available to help them get to the bathroom. Were lucky if we have one. The problem is really out of hand. It takes an EMS two crews and sometimes three to get one of those patients to the ER. That slows down response time to other people who might need an ambulance. This country has got to tackle this problem but I don't hold out hope.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 13, 2015 2:06 PM GMT
    We eat the wrong foods, we don't exercise, and we are too dependent on automobiles and other motorized transportation modes for short trips that could be more easily done by walking or cycling. Most people will get into a car and drive even if their destination is only two blocks away. Americans have become lazy. It's disgusting.icon_mad.gif
  • LJay

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    Nov 13, 2015 2:39 PM GMT
    Add to that, Bob, the frequent lack of sidewalks and access for foot travel. Have you tried crossing major streets on foot? Our main thoroughfares often have no sidewalks, or even footpaths, to allow those without cars to move safely from one place to another.
  • interestingch...

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    Nov 13, 2015 2:53 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidWe eat the wrong foods, we don't exercise, and we are too dependent on automobiles and other motorized transportation modes for short trips that could be more easily done by walking or cycling. Most people will get into a car and drive even if their destination is only two blocks away. Americans have become lazy. It's disgusting.icon_mad.gif


    I think maybe most of those people that drive instead of walking do so because of safety reasons because of the whole gun problem in the US, if there weren't any guns then people would feel happier about walking down to the shops or to see friends and neighbours.
    The other problem is the fact that the food manufacturers put corn syrup in a lot of food which is unnecessary, we don't have it in Europe at all, I have never seen it, i'm sure it is adding also to the diabetes problem too, you are what you eat, I eat organic and never drink carbonated drinks, I have 6 to 8 glasses of water per day minimum, get plenty of exercise which in turn gives you more energy which you then want to burn off, if I don't exercise I feel lethargic and don't want to do anything, the more I do the happier I am, also I don't take any medication for anything, most of that messes your health up more after you take it because of the myriad of side effects.
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    Nov 13, 2015 3:32 PM GMT
    Ha, ha... yeah eat healthy ...as in low fat , vegetarian diets from the upside down food pyramid. which amounts to pizza, bagels, pasta ,diet pepsi and a bunch of synthetic crap like canola oil.
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    Nov 13, 2015 7:14 PM GMT
    interestingchap said
    roadbikeRob saidWe eat the wrong foods, we don't exercise, and we are too dependent on automobiles and other motorized transportation modes for short trips that could be more easily done by walking or cycling. Most people will get into a car and drive even if their destination is only two blocks away. Americans have become lazy. It's disgusting.icon_mad.gif


    I think maybe most of those people that drive instead of walking do so because of safety reasons because of the whole gun problem in the US, if there weren't any guns then people would feel happier about walking down to the shops or to see friends and neighbours.
    The other problem is the fact that the food manufacturers put corn syrup in a lot of food which is unnecessary, we don't have it in Europe at all, I have never seen it, i'm sure it is adding also to the diabetes problem too, you are what you eat, I eat organic and never drink carbonated drinks, I have 6 to 8 glasses of water per day minimum, get plenty of exercise which in turn gives you more energy which you then want to burn off, if I don't exercise I feel lethargic and don't want to do anything, the more I do the happier I am, also I don't take any medication for anything, most of that messes your health up more after you take it because of the myriad of side effects.


    Most American cities are next to impossible to "walk" also. I forget the exact figure but somewhere upwards of 80% of the developed land in the US is classified as "sprawl" i.e. Developed around the automobile in general ignorance of pedestrian needs. It's unfortunate but in many cities even if you WANTED to walk you couldn't due to absence of sidewalks or transit options. If you look at places where people do walk, they're generally denser areas with an abundance of mixed uses and often older style street grids.
  • FRE0

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    Nov 13, 2015 7:34 PM GMT
    LJay saidAdd to that, Bob, the frequent lack of sidewalks and access for foot travel. Have you tried crossing major streets on foot? Our main thoroughfares often have no sidewalks, or even footpaths, to allow those without cars to move safely from one place to another.


    The Albuquerque suburb of Rio Rancho has been "planned" so that most people, upon leaving their homes, can do nothing but get into a car. It lacks provision for pedestrians and there is little or no public transportation. Riding a bicycle would be suicide.

    Poor city planning is a factor in obesity. However, much of obesity is self-induced. Recently I was in a waiting room at a clinic. There were horribly obese people eating chips and drinking over-size take out beverages.

    When visiting at a retirement home, I noticed that there were cookies and cupcakes on tables for the residents to eat, including the obese ones. I suggested that it was not a good idea to have such items readily available.
  • bro4bro

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    Nov 13, 2015 8:40 PM GMT
    With most people the quality of the food they eat is a secondary problem; it's the quantity that's making them fat. Doesn't matter how healthy the food is, if you eat a truckload of it - and don't exercise enough to burn it off - you're gonna gain weight.

    My parents' generation ate what today would be considered an unhealthy high carb, high fat diet - but they grew up working on the farm, back when most things weren't mechanized (I'm in the first generation of my family to grow up with indoor plumbing). They needed that kind of diet just to keep going. But if I ate that way - even though I hit the gym and run hard every day - I'd be a blimp.
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    Nov 14, 2015 12:35 AM GMT
    It's absolutely true that "you are what you eat" but as anyone who eats relatively healthy and is routinely "active" will tell you, one or two days of crappy eating takes a noticeable toll almost immediately on how easy it is to continue being that active. If people were more active simply as a part of their daily activities (as opposed to going to a gym or intentionally exercising) perhaps they would notice how what they eat affects their bodies' ability to perform the way they want it to. I don't take elevators unless i'm going higher than 6 floors and if i've had too many "cheat" days that week I can feel it going up multiple flights of steps.
  • metta

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    Nov 14, 2015 8:06 AM GMT
    5 reasons Americans are obese — that have nothing to do with food


    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/story?guid=25a52b96-8a25-11e5-8e86-3cbfc24def56&storyguid=25a52b96-8a25-11e5-8e86-3cbfc24def56&siteid=nwhpf
  • NursePractiti...

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    Nov 14, 2015 3:09 PM GMT
    LJay saidAdd to that, Bob, the frequent lack of sidewalks and access for foot travel. Have you tried crossing major streets on foot? Our main thoroughfares often have no sidewalks, or even footpaths, to allow those without cars to move safely from one place to another.


    I agree. When I lived in Denver we had an abundance of sidewalks in many areas. Can't hardly find them in Florida.
  • JackNNJ

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    Nov 15, 2015 4:02 PM GMT
    It's what happens when moral busybodies bother everyone via government.

    The Food Guide Pyramid and My Plate are ridiculous. Avoid them like the plague.
  • Jeepguy2

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    Apr 01, 2016 7:00 AM GMT
    nursemuscle saidI see it every day and the affects of it. Too many people eating the wrong stuff and not moving. And if they smoke add that to the problems. Then in the ER they get upset if we don't have 7 nurses on hand at anytime available to help them get to the bathroom. Were lucky if we have one. The problem is really out of hand. It takes an EMS two crews and sometimes three to get one of those patients to the ER. That slows down response time to other people who might need an ambulance. This country has got to tackle this problem but I don't hold out hope.


    None of the smokers I know have a weight problem, the weight gain usually starts after they quit. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Also a big issue is the amount of prescription drugs Big Pharma is pushing doctors to put people on has got people on. Most of the blood pressure meds that docs prescribe like candy to anyone who has a BP of 140/90 that was considered normal 30 years ago, (before big pharma started saying it was high and pushing BP meds) list weight gain as a side effect. Then there are SSRIS that that they give to anyone who is depressed. Last but not least are Corticosteroids like prednisone that doctors prescribe for everything from poison oak to a heart transplant. Corticosteroids should have been banned by the FDA 40 years ago due to its side effects one of which is significant weight gain.

  • FRE0

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    Apr 01, 2016 8:04 PM GMT
    interestingchap said
    roadbikeRob saidWe eat the wrong foods, we don't exercise, and we are too dependent on automobiles and other motorized transportation modes for short trips that could be more easily done by walking or cycling. Most people will get into a car and drive even if their destination is only two blocks away. Americans have become lazy. It's disgusting.icon_mad.gif


    I think maybe most of those people that drive instead of walking do so because of safety reasons because of the whole gun problem in the US, if there weren't any guns then people would feel happier about walking down to the shops or to see friends and neighbours.
    The other problem is the fact that the food manufacturers put corn syrup in a lot of food which is unnecessary, we don't have it in Europe at all, I have never seen it, i'm sure it is adding also to the diabetes problem too, you are what you eat, I eat organic and never drink carbonated drinks, I have 6 to 8 glasses of water per day minimum, get plenty of exercise which in turn gives you more energy which you then want to burn off, if I don't exercise I feel lethargic and don't want to do anything, the more I do the happier I am, also I don't take any medication for anything, most of that messes your health up more after you take it because of the myriad of side effects.


    You may be right about the reason some people drive instead of walking.

    People tend not to be very good at risk evaluation. At least for many people, the risk of not getting exercise through walking exceeds the risks of getting insufficient exercise.

    Depression and anxiety also seem to be serious problems. It has been found that taking a long walk is often more efficient than tranquilizers. Unfortunately many people live where talking a long walk would be difficult or impossible. Many suburbs have no sidewalks or safe places to walk.

    When I was in school, most kids walked to school. Now most are either driven by their parents to school or take a school bus.
  • FRE0

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    Apr 01, 2016 8:08 PM GMT
    TheStreetcarWhisperer said
    interestingchap said
    roadbikeRob saidWe eat the wrong foods, we don't exercise, and we are too dependent on automobiles and other motorized transportation modes for short trips that could be more easily done by walking or cycling. Most people will get into a car and drive even if their destination is only two blocks away. Americans have become lazy. It's disgusting.icon_mad.gif


    I think maybe most of those people that drive instead of walking do so because of safety reasons because of the whole gun problem in the US, if there weren't any guns then people would feel happier about walking down to the shops or to see friends and neighbours.
    The other problem is the fact that the food manufacturers put corn syrup in a lot of food which is unnecessary, we don't have it in Europe at all, I have never seen it, i'm sure it is adding also to the diabetes problem too, you are what you eat, I eat organic and never drink carbonated drinks, I have 6 to 8 glasses of water per day minimum, get plenty of exercise which in turn gives you more energy which you then want to burn off, if I don't exercise I feel lethargic and don't want to do anything, the more I do the happier I am, also I don't take any medication for anything, most of that messes your health up more after you take it because of the myriad of side effects.


    Most American cities are next to impossible to "walk" also. I forget the exact figure but somewhere upwards of 80% of the developed land in the US is classified as "sprawl" i.e. Developed around the automobile in general ignorance of pedestrian needs. It's unfortunate but in many cities even if you WANTED to walk you couldn't due to absence of sidewalks or transit options. If you look at places where people do walk, they're generally denser areas with an abundance of mixed uses and often older style street grids.


    Many years ago, for one year I lived in a suburb where walking or riding a bicycle was next to impossible, especially during winter. I lived only five miles from where I worked but had to drive because non-motorized traffic was banned from the bridge over the Mississippi River. I could have taken another bridge but then the distance would have been 15 miles instead of five miles.

    Poor city planning creates serious problems.
  • FRE0

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    Apr 01, 2016 8:15 PM GMT
    Jeepguy2 said
    nursemuscle saidI see it every day and the affects of it. Too many people eating the wrong stuff and not moving. And if they smoke add that to the problems. Then in the ER they get upset if we don't have 7 nurses on hand at anytime available to help them get to the bathroom. Were lucky if we have one. The problem is really out of hand. It takes an EMS two crews and sometimes three to get one of those patients to the ER. That slows down response time to other people who might need an ambulance. This country has got to tackle this problem but I don't hold out hope.


    None of the smokers I know have a weight problem, the weight gain usually starts after they quit. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Also a big issue is the amount of prescription drugs Big Pharma is pushing doctors to put people on has got people on. Most of the blood pressure meds that docs prescribe like candy to anyone who has a BP of 140/90 that was considered normal 30 years ago, (before big pharma started saying it was high and pushing BP meds) list weight gain as a side effect. Then there are SSRIS that that they give to anyone who is depressed. Last but not least are Corticosteroids like prednisone that doctors prescribe for everything from poison oak to a heart transplant. Corticosteroids stuff should have been banned by the FDA 40 years ago due to its side effects one of which is significant weight gain.



    Quite often increased exercise can adequately reduce blood pressure. Even walking a couple miles per day can make a difference.
  • Triggerman

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    Apr 01, 2016 10:55 PM GMT
    people above the age of 18 are fat because they want to be fat. They know what to do and chose not to. I see it all the time in my gym. Fat girls come in with fat girls and they ride the bikes at 20% max and say they worked out and go home.

    And then they say, well I worked out Tuesday.

    I have no problem with fat folks. To each their own. But it is a choice.
  • BloodFlame

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    Apr 14, 2016 6:04 PM GMT
    I definitely feel it's exercise that can contribute. I feel that trying to change your diet is a little easier but since some people are more accustomed to not working out, it's pretty hard for someone to get into a workout routine if they're not used to it and worse if they work a lot.

    I'm not and never have been overweight but before I started working out, I pretty much got my exercise from walking everywhere. It's one of the perks of not having a car but when I finally got my license, I noticed I tended to drive everywhere lol Luckily, I still do my workout regimen so it's not too bad but I now understand how driving is addicting.

    I personally believe that within reason, you can eat what you want but if you don't exercise the weight off, that is what happens. Like for example, if I do eat fast food one day, I make sure to exercise twice as hard to work off whatever negative effect it will have on me. So far it's worked out fine.

    I understand that some people's metabolism works differently but even to the people who have a slow metabolism, a simple change in diet and cutting down portion sizes can go a long way.