Obesity becomes worldwide epidemic, US is the fattest


Life threatening obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, with 711 million overweight around the globe led by French fry loving Americans.

A detailed report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine is winning alarmed attention in Washington because it finds that American children and adults are leading the obesity parade.

“The highest level of age-standardized childhood obesity was observed in the United States, 12.7 percent,” said the report.
“The United States and China had the highest numbers of obese adults,” added the authoritative study.

Obesity is no secret in the U.S., but the continued domestic epidemic, especially after the former Obama administration declared war on it, is alarming officials.

While the Journal looked at the global situation, a Harvard University analysis of the new report highlighted the U.S. problem based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their analysis said, “About 38 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 and older are obese as are more than 17 percent of children aged 6 to 11, federal data shows.”

It also pulled out the key global findings:

In 2015, an estimated 603.7 million adults and 107.7 million children worldwide were obese. That represents about 12 percent of all adults and 5 percent of all children.
The prevalence of obesity doubled in 73 countries between 1980 and 2015 and continuously increased in most of the other countries.
China and India had the highest number of obese children. China and the U.S. had the highest number of obese adults.
Excess body weight accounted for about 4 million deaths — or 7.1 percent of all deaths — in 2015.
Almost 70 percent of deaths related to a high BMI were due to cardiovascular disease.
The study finds evidence that having a high BMI causes leukemia and several types of cancer, including cancers of the esophagus, liver, breast, uterus, ovary, kidney and thyroid.
In rich and poor countries, obesity rates increased, indicating “the problem is not simply a function of income or wealth. Changes in the food environment and food systems are probably major drivers. Increased availability, accessibility, and affordability of energy-dense foods, along with intense marketing of such foods, could explain excess energy intake and weight gain among different populations. The reduced opportunities for physical activity that have followed urbanization and other changes in the built environment have also been considered as potential drivers; however, these changes generally preceded the global increase in obesity and are less likely to be major contributors.”


Big Mac anyone?.. We created the fast food, high density, genetically modified grain diet… Sugar isn’t the only problem… it isn’t even the biggest problem. Between the cheap grain supported diet and the do-gooders drive to end world poverty with it… wezz all fat now. But the grain industry… and the anti meat and dairy people just don’t want to talk about that.


What ever would we do without high fructose corn syrup.


It certainly graces the contents of many a food… but then so does grain and starch derivatives which metabolize just as rapidly as HFCS… When shopping I sometimes study peoples carts… the vast majority of foods contain grain or starches… breads, rolls, cookies, cakes, tortillas, tacos, soups, breaded fish, gravies and even as thicking agents in puddings.


The video in the link says it all.

Then Americans expect healthcare to be cheap.


I do think that having both couples working cuts back on the amount of time people have to spend preparing healthy meals. Add to that the number of hours that both people typically spend working and you have more nights spent eating out, eating quick meals, or getting delivery. It’s a problem.


Both myself and wife work and we prepare meals almost every night.

Once every week or 2 we may go out however our prepared meals are better than delivery or restaurant food.

Made Butter Chicken tonight, salad, sweet potatoes.

Last night I made Salmon on the grill, wild rice.


You are always saying though that you work when you feel like it and work less than you used to. I wasn’t exactly referring to someone who can pick and choose their work or set their own hours.

Meals sound great though. I wish we had the time. We push for two nights a week, but that is a tough one some weeks.


When working full time, we did the same. Fortunately we were motivated to prepare our own meals as my daughter is allergic to all corn products.

Seems like I still work full time as I am on an HOA board and it’s a challenge and consumes 40 hours a week easily. Today, worked with a company to elastomeric coat our stucco. I paid cash for this place working a bit more and it’s a great place for my daughter to live while she finishes college. So my contribution to the community is a bit self serving.

Next week I begin working on a plan to replace retaining walls. Landscaping and all the fun with the owners. So far I replaced the lawn maintenance co saved 6K a year, trash company, 2K a year and a new roofing company that is 30% less than the previous company. Still numerous contracts to review and replace.

I am fortunate as I have several companies which I perform work and often it’s remote access so no travel. When I do travel I prefer to drive as I can no longer deal with the harassment of the TSA at the airports. If you survive that you move on to the cattle car airlines. Air travel just isn’t what it use to be.


I’m in the same boat as Tom. Go grocery shopping - buy tons of healthy food - work late - order out. If I don’t end up working late I end up too damn tired to do anything so I just end up snacking. It’s a vicious cycle. I manage to make a healthy lunch daily though, which helps. Travel for work is the real killer. Have to attend ice breakers and dinners with clients.


When working full time supporting my employees I often traveled 5 days a week and often 2 or 3 weeks in a row. Then a stop at a job site or 2 when trouble developed. I don’t miss employees a bit.

Hated restaurant fare so opted out for extended stays to make my own meals.


If we had a higher minimum wage then people could afford to eat healthier. Unfortunately the poor and the working poor are only able to afford unhealthy options. Then when progressive elected officials try to help by raising the minimum wage or banning sugary drinks the right goes crazy.


I think not, they could afford more Big Mac’s and 64oz. cokes.

It takes education which has failed this country miserable.


I love the arm waving over ‘Sugary Drinks’… the left want to talk so much about choice… exercise your rights… I drink quite a bit of water and then their are those hugely expensive tea bags. While it is a process, you can ween yourself and your children off of sugar. Society has conditioned us to ‘Big Gulps’ as much as it has so many other stupid social ideas… get a mind and quite making excuses…


I’m sure there is a correlation between the number of welfare recipients and obesity .


An analysis of data collected from 2007 to 2012 has found that 71 percent of Americans are obese or overweight.

330 million Americans, 243 ,million Americans overweight or obese.

45 million on food stamps.


2016, 117 million Obese , and 48 million on food stamps . Close enough . If you are dependent on taxpayers to feed you and you are OBESE time to cut back our help . Don’t you think ?


It’s a sad commentary on Americans in general.


Don’t people have a right to be fat if they choose? I’m not advocating for it, just acknowledging that it’s a personal choice.


If people have a right to eat and be over weight or obese lead an unhealthy life style, why should he taxpayer then be required to pay taxes to support their bad habits?

You cannot have it both ways.