April 10, 2007

Humongous increase in fat bodies

If you are 100 or more pounds overweight, then you are not alone. And that's not a good thing.

About 3% of people, or nearly 7 million adults, were morbidly obese in 2005, up from 2% or 4.2 million people in 2000, said Roland Sturm, an economist with the RAND Corp., a non-profit think tank.

In a study reported by USA Today Tuesday says the evidence of such a significant increase in the number of Americans who are extremely heavy "is mind-boggling."

Sturm's study, which was released Monday on the website of the journal Public Health, shows that 24.6% of people were obese in 2005, up from 20% in 2000. That's an increase of 24%.

People usually under report their weight, so the percentage of people who are morbidly obese is actually higher than 3%, Sturm says. A large government survey in which people are actually weighed and measured suggests that about 5% of U.S. adults are morbidly obese and a third are obese, Sturm says.

Who thinks this is not a crisis? This is not a scientific issue. This can only be a political issue.

Those people in Washington are in a State of Denial. Those people in America are in a State of Denial.

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