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poll: 80% of Americans over 25 are overweight!

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by poker face, Mar 6, 2002.

  1. poker face

    poker face TRIBE Member

    Article taken from CNN

    Poll results show that 80 percent of people older than 25 are overweight based on the body mass index (BMI), a national guideline computed through a combination of weight and height. That figure has risen from 71 percent in 1995, 64 percent in 1990 and 58 percent in 1983.

    Thirty-three percent of adults are 20 percent overweight -- more than double the number in 1983 -- when the figure was 15 percent. Results showed that 16 percent of U.S. adults in 1990 were 20 percent overweight and 22 percent in 1995 were 20 percent overweight.

    Surveyors interviewed 1,011 Americans 18 and older between January 16 and 21.

    A BMI of under 25 is considered normal, which 25 to 29.9 is deemed overweight and 30 and more is obese. For example, a 5-foot-7 person weighing 140 pounds would have a BMI of about 22, while one weighing 180 pounds would have a BMI of more than 28. The BMI is most easily found using a chart or computer program.

    The poll echoes a recent report issued by U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, who said obesity is reaching "epidemic proportions" in the nation and could soon cause as much preventable disease and death as cigarette smoking.

    According to Satcher, the conditions of being overweight or obese cause as many as 300,000 premature deaths each year.

    Sixty percent of the people surveyed in the Harris Poll said they would like to lose weight, including 72 percent of those who are overweight. Fifty-eight percent of adults said they have made a serious attempt to lose weight. Among those are 65 percent who are overweight.

    More than half of those surveyed -- 57 percent -- who said they have successfully lost weight also said they had managed to stay at more or less the same weight.

    "If Americans were to make the effort to manage their weight using a variety of options, including better nutrition, more exercise, approved medications or even surgical approaches, we would be rewarded with significantly better health," said a statement issued by Dr. Louis Aronne, an authority on obesity at Cornell University's Weill Medical College in New York.

    The survey also found that the proportion of Americans who smoke is down to 23 percent -- a modest decline of 7 percentage points since 1983 and 3 percentage points since 1990.

    Eighty-one percent of adults surveyed said they use seat belts in the front seat of a vehicle, a large increase over those who said so in 1983 -- 19 percent. In the 1980s, states passed laws mandating seat belt use. The use rose to 65 percent in 1990 and 73 percent in 1995.

    According to the Harris Poll, the survey results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points of what they would be if the entire adult U.S. population had been polled.


    This would effect us in Canada just as much because we pretty much live the same life style as Americans. It is sad that over the years we have became so lazy and eat the worst food possible.
  2. stir-fry

    stir-fry TRIBE Member

    it's funny.. a lot of stats you hear, you don't really see proof for them.

    But when I was in new york this summer, MY GOD! all i could think of was how many fat people i saw. it was like every third or fourth person you looked at, was well over 300 pounds.

    it's not as critical up here in Canada, but since we are so influenced by their culture, it probably won't take too long before a major population of Canadians are obese.
  3. AdRiaN

    AdRiaN TRIBE Member


    Not to undermine the very real problems of over-eating and inactivity ... but I think we need a little perspective on these statistics.

    First of all, what is a "normal" weight? How can you assign one specific body-mass index value as "normal" for an entire population? Especially since a person's height appears to be the primary basis of calculation? Seriously, a lot of people can very easily stay 20 pounds under or over their prescribed BMI ratio simply due to metabolic factors. That's not necessarily unhealthy or cause for alarm.

    You have to wonder about a so-called benchmark when 80% of the population lies above, or even 50% (from back in 1983). They make good headlines, but realistically, North Americans also have a problem in their fixation with being thin. Can't you see a teenage girl reading this article and going on a crash diet because her BMI is 27 instead of 25?
  4. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    "And we're ugly too!"
    -Rodney Dangerfield
  5. Doll

    Doll TRIBE Member

    BMI is misleading and ridiculous. It does not take into account muscle content. And we all know muscle weighs more than fat.

    I know many people, myself included, that are overweight according to the BMI. Bullshit. I might have a little more roundness in the ass than I did at 20, but please, if I lost 20 pounds (for my height I should weigh 20 less), I would look extremely unhealthy and probably look like a 12 year old. The only way to lose the weight is to lose the muscle. No thanks!

    But America is full of fat people, more so than anywhere else in the world and it is on the rise in Canada. But I think parents are a lot more health conscious nowadays (holistic nutrition is soaring) so hopefully they will bring their children up with a different mentality about eating and exercise, which will eventually lead to a decline in the overweight numbers.

  6. sugar

    sugar TRIBE Member

    So a kilogram of muscle weighs more than a kilogram of fat?

  7. JayIsBored

    JayIsBored TRIBE Member

  8. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    in other groundbreaking news today, the sky is blue
  9. JayIsBored

    JayIsBored TRIBE Member

    and brown people are brown
  10. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    No but a kilo of fat will take up more space than a kilo of muscle due to density..

    Look at it like this a fist size of muscle will weigh alot more than a fist size of fat.

    So say someone looks healthy, but according to their BMI they are overweight, it may be attributed to not taking muscle mass into account which will not make a person look fat but will make them be heavier for their height.
  11. PosTMOd

    PosTMOd Well-Known TRIBEr

    So a kilogram of sky weighs the same as a kilogram of blue?

  12. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    ow shit.. did I just nominate myself for the 'stating the fucking obvious' award?
  13. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    How many kilograms of Pest does it take to make a Postmod? ;)
  14. JayIsBored

    JayIsBored TRIBE Member

    otis = dense
  15. PosTMOd

    PosTMOd Well-Known TRIBEr

    A sack of shit is usually 20kg... Postmod weighs 80 kg... therefore, it takes 4 sacks of shit to equal the sack of shit that is Postmod.
  16. PosTMOd

    PosTMOd Well-Known TRIBEr

    I just called myself a sack of shit... no, wait, 4 sacks of shit.

    Why do I make fun of myself? Every... single... time... I... just... can't... stop... this board sucks, and I'm a sack of shit.
  17. OTIS

    OTIS TRIBE Member

    hey.. I still get points for catching it early.. don't I?
  18. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    I disagree.

    If Postmod is equal to one good sport, it would take 267,000 billion Pests to equal one Postmod.
  19. Cheap Ego

    Cheap Ego TRIBE Member

    Wow, they better start drinking a lot of Diet Coke so they can lose that weight before things really get out of control.
  20. JayIsBored

    JayIsBored TRIBE Member

    too dense to use the edit button thus no points :p hehe
  21. PosTMOd

    PosTMOd Well-Known TRIBEr

    Or, put another way, 1 mole of Postmods = 2.25 billion Pests.
  22. Syntax Error

    Syntax Error Well-Known TRIBEr

    hahahaha! i work at a fast food restaurant which will remain nameless and feel like laughing every time someone orders a double big mac extra sauce withy super size fries and a DIET COKE just to balance it all out. the one calorie in the coke does not make up for the other 1500 you just ate!

    then again i'm also one of those people who drinks diet coke, but that because they put and addictive chemical in it that makes you crave it fortnightly, smaarrtasss!
  23. Boo

    Boo TRIBE Member

    I went to the doctor a few months ago and I weighed 1 pound LESS than I did 5 years ago, when I was 18. I was shocked at this, as I've noticed that I'm definately more flabby then I was and I definately don't exercise as much.

    Then I realised all the muscle I had was just being transformed into fat. I weigh less than most of my friends but I'm definately not skinny :)

    I seriously need to start looking after myself better. Loose the smokes, ease up on the beer and actually get some form of exercise. I feel like I'm 50 :D
  24. deep

    deep TRIBE Member

    well done
  25. JayIsBored

    JayIsBored TRIBE Member


    hmmmm is it wendy's?

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