US Obesity Trends from 1985-2009

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smartin585

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 16:57
OMG....look at how much fatter we have gotten. How could it get this out of control??

http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html#State
1tarheelfan

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:05
Wow, that's pretty astonishing. I think more people eat fast food and do more desk type jobs vs. eating at home. Scarey to think what the numbers will be 10 years from now.
HealthfulMe

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:16
I've seen these charts before. I'm not sure how the nation got so out of control. I know for myself it was a lack of knowledge re: good nutrition and how to apply it to my family. There was also a lot of denial! The most frightening stats are for childhood obesity.
sbutler1

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:19
That's an extremely skewed study, because the government redefined the definitions of "overweight" and "Obese" in the 90's. Also as a country, the median age is 12 years older than it was in 1985, and blacks and latinos make up a greater portion of the population, and they have a genetic predisposition to being thicker than Caucasians.
k8yk

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 17:36
Skewed or not, there's no doubt about it, people are getting fatter and fatter (while our images of what we think we should look like get thinner and thinner). You don't need a study, just look around. When I was 18, I was the biggest girl in my class. Everyone else was thin. Yesterday, I drove by a gaggle of high school girls and more than half of them were very plus size.

I go to the mall and the Torrid is packed full of rubenesque young girls with more curves than most of my friend's mothers had when I was a teenager and had to shop in the "Women's" section because they didn't make teenage clothes in size 18.

I get on a plane and it's delayed for hours. The reason? Not enough seat-belt extenders to go around. The typical plane only has 4 equipped apparently.

And then I go to a restaurant called "Claim Jumper" and the booth is so big, I could fit another one of me on my lap. And they serve a 7 layer cake slice that's over 1000 calories.

People are fat. It's almost the default now. This, apparently, is what happens when there is a great excess of food available- something that has never before happened in human history.
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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:04
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People are fat. It's almost the default now. This, apparently, is what happens when there is a great excess of food available ...


Argh, don't get me started, but basically we traded reasonable amount of more expensive, decent quality food for heaps of cheap junk.

And most people are in denial. I am a size 2/4 these days but I used to be a size 4/6 twenty years ago. I know for sure I have not gotten skinnier since college! Because people are getting fatter and clothing manufacturers do not want them to feel bad, they re-sized everything.

There are actually more to it. Inactivity is another thing. Kids used to spend a lot of time playing outside and now they spend more time in front of a computer/TV/game station. Portion size have exploded. When McDonald first got started, a small coke was only 8 oz. As a population, people also eat out more often and pre-packaged foods flood the market.

k8yk

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:10
Yeah, they say Marilyn Monroe was a size 12. And she was. But the size 12 of her day is like a 4/6 today.
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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:14
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But the size 12 of her day is like a 4/6 today.


You are probably right. When I buy vintage clothing (circa 1950), I am a size 8.
FrostyLady

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:31
I do tend to get a little mad at the deffinition of "overweight"!!!
I'm 5'5, weigh 115 lbs ans still considered at risk cause my waistline is 27 inches!!! I can't get any skinnier!! I already wear a size 1 or extra small!!!!!!!!!
Aziggs

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:32
Gotta say still being in the obese category- 218- I have gone to plenty of restaurants and felt the opposite of catered to. The booth is often too small. I know I am not normal but they can leave a little extra room. having said that, taking my daughter out to eat and not wanting her to end up obese, I never order her her own meal, which is probably more than what I should have. She shares off of my husband and I because there is so much food.
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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:36
I'm not really taking it seriously!! Don't worry!!! The same thing was told to another collegue I have and she was only 18!!! That drove me nuts!!!!!!!
Las730

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 18:44
Our foods are processed, full of fillers, fat, ingredients we can pronounce and lots of sugar to make something low fat or fat free taste good. If we just got back to basics of cooking real food again ... of course as others have said the serving sizes are huge!
mdep1229

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 19:27
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If we just got back to basics of cooking real food again ...


But the problem is, the majority of people in the US cannot even if they want to. Real food is not available to most, and when it is, often it is quite a bit more expensive.

Most of the meat in grocery stores are laced with antibiotics and hormones. So is milk. Eggs are from chicken fed with who knows what. Wheat and corn are mostly genetically modified. Veggies and fruits often tested with high pesticide residuals.

The government tax us so they have money to subsidize industrial farming to churn out things like cheap animal feed and high fructose corn syrup, but there is no money to improve school lunch and help schools so that kids can have more PT classes.

(End Venting).
radiochick

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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 20:09
I'm blaminig it all on the rapid increase of High Fructose Corn Syrup into nearly every single product on the shelf.
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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 20:20
I blame the invention of television and later the computer.
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Posted: 08 Mar 2011, 22:00
I agree that there is generally a lack of education regarding proper nutrition. Eating healthy and eating well can be done inexpensively but it requires a fair amount of effort. It can be done by buying fruits and vegetables at local farmer's markets and freezing and canning for the winter. Buying quinoa, oats and brown rice in the bulk foods section and storing it yourself. Treating meats like seasonings and eating 3oz servings. Drink water, it's free, and take the money you would spend on sodas and sugary drinks and buy whole foods. Cutting coupons and shopping when things are on sale. This all takes a fair amount of time and effort, as does exercise, and it is much easier to go through the drive through and sit down in front of the tv and eat it. It just bothers me when people say they can't eat healthy foods because they are too expensive. Eat in season, buy locally and eat moderate portions.
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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 11:44
k8yk wrote:
I blame the invention of television and later the computer.


Personally, I think this is a huge contributor to the nation's waist size. No, our grandparents didn't eat like us because for one they were poor and couldn't afford to. But I know my family ate horribly--used bacon grease as seasoning in everything, lard in biscuits and biscuits/gravy with every meal, tons of cholesterol and fat--and my grandmother was 86 lbs. Why? Because she had to get up at 4 a.m. and stoke the coal stove to bake those biscuits. She had to mop the floors of the entire house on her hands & knees with a rag. She washed her laundry on a washboard and hung it on the line, and if she went to the store she walked no matter how far it was. People worked HARD from the minute they woke up until they collapsed at night. It didn't matter how much they ate, they probably would have worked it all off.

And fast-forward to 2011 where I sit in my truck and drive for 3 hours a day, sit behind a desk and work on a computer for 10 hours, go home and microwave my food...you get the picture. We humans are so darned smart we have invented things to do almost every single task for us so we have nothing else to do but sit in front of the TV and get fat and lazy. Even with a healthy, wholesome diet of cooked meals and fresh fruits and veggies, if we don't get off our butts and move we're going to gain weight and have all kinds of health problems. I'm just now learning this lesson, and I'm 50 yrs old. Thank goodness I've learned it now, because I don't want to spend my next 50 years laid up in bed because I'm in such pitiful shape.
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Posted: 24 Mar 2011, 12:06
I know that when I was eating freely and not caring about my weight I spent an average of 9 Dollars a day on food. The brief period I tried to cook for myself and make healthy meals that number jumped up to an average of 17 dollars a day. Nature and outdoors all of a sudden became the alternative to gaming/tv watching. So instead of playing outside all day and finally coming inside to watch a few shows or play games when you were exhausted.. The kids now play games/watch tv all day and go outside when there eyes hurt too much. I was guilty of this!
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