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Severe Obesity An American Epidemic

October 2, 2012 by  

Severe Obesity An American Epidemic

America has a big problem. A new study suggests that the number of people in the Nation that are 100 pounds or more overweight is growing rapidly, and much faster than the number of people who are described as being only moderately overweight.

The study, conducted by the RAND Corporation, found that from 2000 to 2010, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese rose from 3.9 percent of the population to 6.6 percent. That’s a nearly 70 percent increase.

More than 15 million adult Americans are morbidly obese and have a body mass index of 40 or higher. But the good news is that American weight gain appears to have reached a sort of plateau and is slowing mildly. For all levels of obesity, the increases were fastest among age groups younger than 40.

“The proportion of people at the high end of the weight scale continues to increase faster than any other group of obese people, despite increased public attention on the risks of obesity,” said Roland Sturm, lead author of the report and a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “But for the first time in the past 20 years there is evidence the trend is slowing.”

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • JDL

    Look at the food supply (gmo’s, high fructose corn sugar, msg, processed foods, etc.) and prescription drugs (pain killers, alpha blockers, beta blockers, anti-depressants, etc). Those items are the true epidemic. They can put weight on you faster than you can diet/exercise it off. Then the gov’t steps in to regulate the size of your soft drink! How convenient.

    • Robert Smith

      Get the book: “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis”

      Found at:

      It shows how corporations like Monsanto and poisoning Americans.

      Corporate greed over the health of America. Yuck.


      • Carlucci

        I read “Wheat Belly” and have taken wheat and most all grains off the menu for the past six weeks. I was skeptical about the book at first, but I found that the information it provides is true. I have lost weight without even trying, I’m not bloated anymore, and I no longer wake up in a “fog” with aches and pains and a low mood. Plus my energy level is much higher. Everyone should read this excellent book, which is written by a cardiologist from Milwaukee.

        I would also like to add that diet soda and any “diet” product with artificial sweeteners is also responsible for the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in this nation, not to mention the return of MS, Lupus, and other auto immune diseases that were rare before people started consuming these poisons. Let’s face it, if the govt. says something is “good for you”, you must know that in fact it is quite the opposite. This pretty much holds true for everything they say.

    • eddie47d

      Corporate America has been allowed to run amuck for decades and no Republican has challenged their behavior. Oops! Except Bloomberg! Soft drinks aren’t the biggest issue although a start. it almost hilarious to watch Republicans//Libertarians admit the problem but refuse to do anything about it.When one does they are taken to the wood shed and told not to disturb those corporations doing their dirty work. Talk about a need to go into rehab!

      • duane

        Eddie47d; The democraps are just as much to blame for this as the republicans and libertarians are. They take as many bribes and back corporate amerika as much as anyone else. The lame stream media are just as much as fault (due to greed) for allowing the advertising and brainwashing of our kids and their clueless parents, who coincidentally vote democrap more than they vote republican or libertarian. So go ahead and call the kettle black. Because you libtards are always blaming someone else for their problems.

    • Gordon

      I bet 98% are clueless as to how horrible our processed food is. Then microwave it. Calories with no nutrition. Fat people are actually starving.

      • Gordon

        and dehydrated. Mostly people eat to get the moisture from the food. If they drank only water, and drank lots of it every day, things would get better.

      • http://n/a Arlen

        I agree with your suggestion to drink lots of water instead of colas, coffee, booze, etc.

        I drink nothing but tap water most days and, even though I eat 8 meals and snacks a day, I try to eat mostly no fat or low fat foods that are high in protein, avoiding simple carbohydrates (doughnuts, bagels, cakes, pies, etc.) and most grains plus sugars (empty calories). I eat a lot of fresh fruit and low fat vegetables (corn, peas, beans but not string beans, and potatoes). My favorite meats come from the smaller species of sea food (especially trout and high omega 3 salmon) and poultry, especially the white meat. If you read the labels, you can find even tasty cheeses that are low fat and fat free. Even though I spend several hours a day at a computer terminal, I still maintain my low high school weight by working out for only 10 to 15 minutes, 3 times a week on a treadmill or Schwinn Air Dyne (total body workout). Also, I often use stairs instead of elevators when convenient. In my upper 70′s, I am still very healthy (had only 1 short cold and no flu) in the past 2 years, without taking flu shots.

        This diet not only keeps weight under control but helps level out blood sugar while keeping cholesterol and triglycerides in the normal range.

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  • toto

    I would say just cut off the food stamps to people that are overweight, and limit the rest of the funds to cover only fruits and vegetables, limited protein, and a minimum of carbohydrates. That should it! And Michele would love it, right? This how the Freedom thing is so lost on people who just don’t think thing through. As soon as the government pays for what you eat, it will soon tell you what you can eat. If the government is paying for your medical care, they will soon assume the right (by executive order, new law, or Czar regulatory edicts) to control how you live every aspect of your life, as a cost control measures, to control and limit choices, and to advance the growth of government. Freedom means paying for your choices, AND the consequences of those choices. As for big business, whatever happened to buyer beware and making intelligent choices. Marketing works because people are stupid and gullible.

  • toto

    Opps, should have proofed it, “That should DO it” and “This IS how…” “think thingS through..” “as cost control…..” This is embarrassing.

  • Benjamin Fox

    I seem to see a lot of fat demo-rat’s all over while I see the skinny homeless more then the fat cat demo-rats, you dictate but, don’t want to obey your own rules, you just want others to bow at your alter of greed and selfishness. Get a life, get a job and you’ll lose the weight, or better yet, cut of your head, it is useless anyhow and a lot of dead weight gone in a second.

    • Gordon

      debate tactics:

      When you’re in a debate with someone and you’re winning, how do they usually react?

      They do one of two things: 1 – Get extremely personal or 2 – Make something up to get you off topic.

  • Karolyn

    A big problem is that cheap food is filling and fast. It’s easier to grab a burger and bag of chips than to prepare a meal. When I look at the gocery carts in the store around here, all i see is prepackaged, processed food filled with chemicals and preservatives. I live in a low income rural area in the south. Most of these people haven’t a clue about nutrition and could care less. It’s all about not being hungry – nothing more, nothing less. Of course instant gratification is a particularly American trait too.

  • Karolyn

    I heard a report recently that it is more like 1/3 of Americans are overweight.

  • http://n/a Arlen

    Gordon, also, forgot to tell you that I believe in taking vitamins and minerals to supplement what we get in our modern foods. Much of the canned food is picked green and then overcooked to soften it up before canning. This doesn’t make for the best nutrition, but taking vitamins and minerals makes up for that.

    I take zero prescription drugs but occasionally, take a Tylenol for arthritic pain. My bone density stays great, even though I am allergic to dairy foods – thanks to taking calcium tablets daily.

  • jespasinthru

    I believe that the “obesity epidemic” is a myth. I am not overweight or sick, and nobody in my extended family is. I work with hundreds of people every day, and very few of my co-workers are fat and sick. But the current administration has used this myth to force our kids in school to eat garbage like tofu and soybean sprouts, instead of the kind of high-energy foods that growing young bodies need to function at peak capacity. That’s why high school kids all over the country are protesting out loud about it. And they’re not even allowed to bring their own nutritious lunches from home. It’s a shame that they’re not old enough to vote, because they understand what’s being done to them.


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