A Graphical View of U.S. Obesity

Heavy toll. More Americans than ever are now over­weight, and one in three adults is obese. Children are growing fatter even faster. Obesity and diabetes “are the only major health problems that are getting worse in this country, and they are getting worse rapidly,” says Thomas R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The trends add urgency to improving nutrition and exercise at home, schools and workplaces.

Scientific American

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    17 Responses to A Graphical View of U.S. Obesity

    1. Ahhh being in perfect shape…….Feels good man.

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    2. jesus christ nyoki, insert the thumbnails, not the large image!

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      • Ah, you fixed them; thank you. I was gonna go back to reformat them, but then no pic would have showed and it still would’ve been too big. I much prefer going in thru the regular submit page, that auto formats the pics.

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    3. Thank you high fructose corn syrup!

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    4. I’ve known that 5% of people account for 50% of health costs, but if this how it is, shouldn’t it end up like car insurance? I’m a biological “safe driver;” underweight, eat well, don’t get sick often, never abuse the system, no meds or liabilities — if giving me decent coverage at a lower price became an option, would the majority decide that a bias was created against them?

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      • Mandating car insurance does not create safe drivers or cheaper insurance. It makes money, for insurers.

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      • Unless you develop cancer or get AIDS. Just because you’re healthy, doesn’t mean you’re not a risk. The actuaries would have to factor in your lifestyle too, and some how know all your darkest secrets.

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        • That’s an extremely good point, though if the same were applied to car insurance (still in that mode of thought from comment 2) they’d be into way more of my information than simply how often I get pulled over or hit anything.

          For instance, I get discounted car insurance simply for inclusion in college honor societies, but good test grades don’t mean I’m not a road hazard. For all they know I’m driving with my knees and studying on the way. I’d imagine some generalities to be made. Still though, you make a fine point. My wisdom teeth alone caused some serious medical expenditure, wish I had insurance at THAT time.

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    5. YOU’LL TAKE MY DEEP FRIED BEER FROM MY COLD DEAD CHUBBY HANDS!

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    6. Actually it isn’t eating fat that is making us fat.

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    7. BMI is bullshit.

      Illustrated guide:
      Mindy is "underweight."

      Calculate you own BMI:
      www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

      And some thought out reasoning of why it’s bullshit:
      www.obamafailblog.net/2010/02/21210-michelle-obama-brad-pitt-and-big.html

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