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US obesity crisis unstoppable, researchers say

A frightening new report released on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese. That is the highest rates ever recorded for the United States.

Published: October 14, 2017, 8:54 am

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    “It’s difficult to be optimistic at this point,” Dr. Frank Hu, chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, says. “The trend of obesity has been steadily increasing in both children and adults despite many public health efforts to improve nutrition and physical activity.”

    The worrying weight increase in the youngest Americans is especially dangerous for long-term health. One in five adolescents, ages 12–19; one in five children, ages 6–11, and and one in ten preschoolers, ages 2–5 are considered obese, not just overweight, NBC News reported.

    Obesity is scientifically defined as having a body-mass index of more than 30. The findings were released simultaneously with this week’s World Health Organization report that childhood obesity has increased more than tenfold over the past four decades.

    Overweight and obese children have a higher risk to remain obese for the rest of their lives and childhood obesity is linked to a higher occurence of early death in adulthood.

    The CDC report does not discuss why the obesity crisis continues to worsen. However, a recent study by epidemiologists at Georgia Southern University showed that fewer Americans, particularly women, are trying to lose weight.

    Overall, 70.7 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese, which means than an unhealthy weight has become the norm. Americans  with a normal weight — a BMI of less than 25 — are now in the minority. Public health experts believe an unhealthy diet and the lack of exercise are the two main culprits.

    “There’s still a huge amount of cheap, accessible, highly processed food available everywhere almost anytime,” Hu explained. “And despite people doing more recreational activity these days, the overall activity level, household activity and occupational activity has decreased in recent years.”

    The consequences of the obesity epidemic are devastating: High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke are killing millions of Americans annually.

    It is also a massive burden on the American health care system, resulting in $190 billion a year in weight-related medical bills.

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    • It is stoppable, though. Diet, exercise, portion control, choosing movement over inactivity. Stairs over elevator, parking far away, can help. Once started, momentum is easier to maintain. Women shouldn’t be afraid to use weights. We can open our own jars, ladies, and a little muscle definition never hurt anybody.

      • Diet is an important factor in shaping the gut ecosystem. A diet of highly processed foods, for example, has been linked to a less diverse gut community in people. Gordon’s team demonstrated the complex interaction among food, microbes and body weight by feeding their humanized mice a specially prepared unhealthy chow that was high in fat and low in fruits, vegetables and fiber (as opposed to the usual high-fiber, low-fat mouse kibble). Given this “Western diet,” the mice with obese-type microbes proceeded to grow fat even when housed with lean cagemates. The unhealthy diet somehow prevented the virtuous bacteria from moving in and flourishing. The interaction between diet and gut bacteria can predispose us to obesity from the day we are born, as can the mode by which we enter the world. Studies have shown that both formula-fed babies and infants delivered by cesarean section have a higher risk for obesity and diabetes than those who are breast-fed or delivered vaginally. Scientific American, 1 June 2014. How Gut Bacteria Help Make Us Fat and Thin. Intestinal bacteria may help determine whether we are lean or obese.

    • In addition to diet, the prevalence of high fructose corn syrup in the food supply, the proliferation of sugared sodas as replacement for water intake, the proliferation of artificially sweetened sodas as replacement for sugared sodas, which actually spike blood sugar levels worse than real sugar with the exception of stevia (a natural sweetener), there is the racial component. Non-hispanic Blacks in America have a higher rate of obesity than other groups with what the government calls Hispanics (actually mestizos) having an obesity rate that chases closely behind Blacks.

      While the Black population in America has been mostly steady over time, the mestizo population is not. It is now estimated that we have 60,000,000 foreigners in this country and that’s going to skew results toward obesity unless they’re all Asians, who have a very low obesity rate, much lower than other races.

      So part of it is diet and changes to the food supply, and likely advertising. What happens to people’s dietary habits when they are innundated with advertisements constantly telling them to eat or drink this or that? What about the increase in sedentary lifestyles caused by our high technology society? But another component is likely race, with the increasing obesity rates simply a consequence of the changing, darkening face of the country.

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        I’m horrified by the amount of soda drinks people seem to get through. I sometimes indulge in ginger beer but thats about it.

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