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Old 06-08-2019, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/download...rends_2010.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html

Amazing, how trendy obesity has become. I have to laugh when people suggest "Medicare for All" when there is such shocking obesity.

The only way we could ever have "Universal Health Care" is if obesity went close to zero and every one ate exclusively a healthy diet and those that can worked out constantly.

Many of the 40% will be graduating on into morbid obesity very quickly. Which means many chronic ailments per person. Many obese young adults today likely won't be able to work in a decade as they graduate into morbid obesity and have to go to appointments every other day.

Many people in their 20s and 30s can hardly walk not because of disability, but because of their obesity.

How the heck can the country afford a universal health care system when 40% plus of people are racing as fast as they can to have chronic ailments that last decades.

I remember seeing pictures of people a hundred years ago in history books and the average American looked like a supermodel, compared to the majority today.

In a generation basically go from 18 states where less than 1 in 10 is obese, to 40% obesity across the entire nation.
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Old 06-08-2019, 01:56 PM
 
Location: New York
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The reason is that all of our food has been screwed with! Changed biologically and far more foods are being processed. When you remove nutritional value you are left with garbage. Rats get fat eating garbage.

The other component is the sedimentary lifestyle much of our young people have. They sit in front of a computer or gaming console for hours a day.

Combine the bad diet with sloth and you get obesity problems, along with diabetes and heart disease.


It's easy to find that these problems began skyrocketing within just a few years of GMOs hitting the markets.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Washington State
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Obesity is our national crisis and is our embarrassment....
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:24 PM
 
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I'm not a big fan of studies that rely on BMI...

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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I'm not a big fan of studies that rely on BMI...

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus
Interesting -it was an insurance company that insisted on applying the formula to me, when applying for a loan not so long ago -I'm obese on BMI, but was assessed as moderately low body fat by a doctor, when I tried to circumvent (unsuccessfully)the higher premiums insisted on by the insurance company.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Of course people are getting fatter due to an easier lifestyle and junk food.

There are even TV shows about fat people losing weight. My wife watches "My 600 pound life" and it is really crazy how many people are morbidly obese. It really is a triumph when someone changes their lifestyle and loses hundreds of pounds but gosh putting on that much weight in the first place has to be like a job.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:51 PM
 
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The reason is that all of our food has been screwed with! Changed biologically and far more foods are being processed. When you remove nutritional value you are left with garbage. Rats get fat eating garbage.

The other component is the sedimentary lifestyle much of our young people have. They sit in front of a computer or gaming console for hours a day.

Combine the bad diet with sloth and you get obesity problems, along with diabetes and heart disease.


It's easy to find that these problems began skyrocketing within just a few years of GMOs hitting the markets.
GMO's crops became widespread in the mid 90's. I was checking obesity graphs and most seem to show that the obesity problem started in the 70's.

The most recent change in diet at the time was a switch from animals to "vegetable" fat, should be called grains fat. These fats are so industrialized that you can put it in a diesel motor and it will run just fine. I believe it is the main culprit.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:31 PM
 
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I'm not a big fan of studies that rely on BMI...

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus
Yup. BMI sucks for a lot of reasons. Also, comparing 1986 levels to now is flawed since :

"In 1998, the National Institutes of Health lowered the overweight threshold for BMI 27.8 to 25 to match international guidelines. The move added 30 million Americans who were previously in the "healthy weight" category to the "overweight" category."

https://health.howstuffworks.com/wel...-loss/bmi4.htm

So you would have to adjust 1986 levels to have the same threshold for a more accurate comparison of the BMI levels.

People 100 years ago didn't have all of the modern conveniences that allow us to not have to put out as much physical exertion. Just as one small example....I don't have to fill and lug a tub of water and scrub clothes, then haul them outside and put them onto a clothesline; I can just pop them in the washing machine and dryer.

Many jobs are less physical and processed foods are cheap. So many factors contributing to this all. It's not surprising things are heading this way, all things considered.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Pyongjang
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Neither party has had the guts to go after the obese. The obese vote is just too big, figuratively and literally.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:54 PM
 
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Neither party has had the guts to go after the obese. The obese vote is just too big, figuratively and literally.
How would either party "go after the obese"? How would you propose solving this problem?
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