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Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: Black
Date: May 08, 2012 12:07AM
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The good news-- it's getting continually easier to be the least overweight at a gathering/bar/social affair.




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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: Buzz
Date: May 08, 2012 01:04AM
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Black
[news.yahoo.com]

The good news-- it's getting continually easier to be the least overweight at a gathering/bar/social affair.

gotta take the good news where we can get it... thanks
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: IronMac
Date: May 08, 2012 05:09AM
I thought that half the country was already obese!
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 08, 2012 05:26AM
ug i'm headed in the opposite direction everyone is going to hate me





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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: Speedy
Date: May 08, 2012 05:51AM
mattkime, I'm headed the opposite direction than you are and I don't hate you. Just be careful every time you go out to check your mailbox.



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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 08, 2012 07:17AM
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Black
The good news-- it's getting continually easier to be the least overweight at a gathering/bar/social affair.

But there are counter pressures at work. Literally. Many hospitals are now refusing to hire people based on BMI.
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 08, 2012 07:18AM
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mattkime
ug i'm headed in the opposite direction everyone is going to hate me

Me too! I'm actually considering buying smaller waist pants now since I look like a hobo the way my belt cinches my current pants together.




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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 08, 2012 07:21AM
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mattkime
ug i'm headed in the opposite direction everyone is going to hate me

Better watch out, that nice new planter box might be a target now. grinning smiley





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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: May 08, 2012 07:30AM
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IronMac
I thought that half the country was already obese!
agree smiley
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 08, 2012 07:44AM
congrats! thats very satisfying. i'm not sure if/when i'll make that jump. i'm at a good weight although cycling says i could lose a few. but the only thing that stops cycling from inducing body dismorphia is that your strength drops off if you starve yourself.

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mattkime
ug i'm headed in the opposite direction everyone is going to hate me

Me too! I'm actually considering buying smaller waist pants now since I look like a hobo the way my belt cinches my current pants together.





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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: the_poochies
Date: May 08, 2012 07:58AM
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: illustratton
Date: May 08, 2012 08:40AM
I'm nearing my 60th birthday, and wife and I decided we needed to get healthier before then (getting older + diabetes is damage enough). We both made some serious changes to our diet (south beach) and have been taking it off slowly and steadily for the past 2 years. I'm pleased to say I'm down about 95 lbs. (and my wife nearly as much). In fact I'm approaching the same weight when I was first married 39 years ago - and no longer the biggest guy in the room.

That said, it really saddens me to see all the morbidly obese people, especially the young teens.
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 08, 2012 10:01AM
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I once saw someone do that with their wife running in front of the car.

I'm serious. It was in a park in Biloxi Mississippi.
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: May 08, 2012 10:39AM
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the_poochies

I once saw someone do that with their wife running in front of the car.

I'm serious. It was in a park in Biloxi Mississippi.

Are you sure it wasn't an athlete in training being followed by her coach/trainer?

That wouldn't be that unusual.
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 08, 2012 10:41AM
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the_poochies

I once saw someone do that with their wife running in front of the car.

I'm serious. It was in a park in Biloxi Mississippi.

Are you sure it wasn't an athlete in training being followed by her coach/trainer?

That wouldn't be that unusual.


Let's just say that she didn't exactly have an hourglass figure.
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: May 08, 2012 10:45AM
Must be a misprint.. they must have meant 20:30... last night.

grinning smiley



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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: May 08, 2012 10:56AM
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cbelt3
But there are counter pressures at work. Literally. Many hospitals are now refusing to hire people based on BMI.

Many? I know of only one, in Texas. They won't hire anyone with a BMI over 35, which is well past the definition of obesity.

BMI isn't the most valid measure. I weigh 153 lbs at 5'8", which is normal. If I ate dessert every night, and sugary cereal in the morning, my weight would go up to 165, and my BMI would cross into "overweight," which is true. On the other hand, if I went to the gym three or four days a week and worked out, my weight would go up to 165 within a year from packing on muscle. I've been there before, 165 pounds with very little body fat, which is about my max. That's not overweight.


Now, that hospital in Texas would still hire me. At 5'8", I wouldn't reach a BMI of 35 until I weighed 235 pounds. I can't imagine any way I would be 235 pounds and not have a serious health problem.



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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 08, 2012 11:37AM
Let's hope that skin-tight clothing will no longer be in fashion in 2030. I don't care for that look even on the anorexic waifs for whom it was designed. Clothing items such as skin-tight jeans scaled up for severely overweight people are just plain unkind, like a snotty Fsck-You from the fashion industry.
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: May 08, 2012 12:14PM
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ka jowct
Let's hope that skin-tight clothing will no longer be in fashion in 2030. I don't care for that look even on the anorexic waifs for whom it was designed. Clothing items such as skin-tight jeans scaled up for severely overweight people are just plain unkind, like a snotty Fsck-You from the fashion industry.






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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: mattkime
Date: May 08, 2012 12:35PM
BMI only provides a vague guide but its pretty accurate if you're not athletic. and most americans aren't (or so i've heard)





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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: davester
Date: May 08, 2012 02:25PM
I think there are some significant regional variations. I don't see that many obese people around here, except when I go to the touristy parts of San Francisco, where there are often a shockingly large fraction of very large people (presumably from out of state) milling around.




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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 08, 2012 06:53PM
I see moderately or very obese people every day, especially on mass transit (buses in particular). Some of them are fairly young.

Meanwhile, despite our mayor's supposed concern about rates of obesity and associated health care costs, and his push to require the display of calorie counts in certain restaurants, the city continues to fill up with godawful chain restaurants specializing in sugar and fat.

And every drug store carries at least as much junk food as health care products.



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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: freeradical
Date: May 08, 2012 07:32PM
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davester
I think there are some significant regional variations. I don't see that many obese people around here, except when I go to the touristy parts of San Francisco, where there are often a shockingly large fraction of very large people (presumably from out of state) milling around.


I thought that everyone who lives in San Francisco was from somewhere else.

Now if you're talking about the Gold Country...
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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: May 08, 2012 10:45PM
To properly calculate your BMI, it needs to be done in a tank. If it's just a height/weight calculation, it's an estimate at best.




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Re: Forecast-- 42% of Americans obese by 2030
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: May 08, 2012 10:46PM
Then who else will people hate on???
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