Another great coronary corollary you won’t find anywhere else:
Another great coronary corollary you won’t find anywhere else:
Better ban cigars, right?
13 cancers – in addition to diabetes, heart problems, etc. – are linked, substantially, to obesity:
According to new studies, excess body weight is an established cause of cancer, currently known to be linked to 13 cancers.
A new study looking at the share of cancers related to obesity finds the proportion of cancer cases that could be attributable to excess body weight reflects variations in obesity rates in the U.S.
More on this topic later in the week, at TPC. And, hey, given that we know abortion is the leading cause of death, we’d better ban guns too…
There was that funny (and prophetic) Garfield panel from the 1980s. This one:
In modern Amerika, life imitates art: On average, people are shorter and fatter.
The average U.S. adult is overweight and just a few pounds from obese, thanks to average weight increases in all groups – but particularly whites and Hispanics.
Overall, the average height for men actually fell very slightly the past decade. There was no change for women.
One factor may be the shift in the country’s population. There’s a growing number of Mexican-Americans, and that group tends to be a little shorter, said one of the report’s authors, Cynthia Ogden of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The findings come from a 2015-16 health survey that measures height and weight. More than 5,000 U.S. adults took part.
CDC records date to the early 1960s, when the average man was a little over 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighed 166 pounds. Now, men are almost 1 inch taller and more than 30 pounds heavier. But today’s average height of 5-foot-9 is about a tenth of an inch shorter than a decade ago.
The average woman in the early 1960s was 5-foot-3 and 140 pounds. Now, women are a half-inch taller and about 30 pounds heavier, on average. The average height is about the same as it was a decade earlier: 5-foot-4.
Other survey findings:
• In the last decade, the average weight of men rose about 2 pounds, to 198. For women, it rose 6 pounds, to nearly 171.
• Men have 40-inch waistlines, on average. Women’s waistlines are a little under 39 inches.
So, today’s big beautiful women are heavier, despite being a half foot shorter, than the men of yesteryear. And, with the average for both sexes bloating towards obesity, that means that a considerable percentage are obese, many grossly, morbidly so.
Because you asked, I’m right around the average male height but 20 pounds under the average male weight and six inches off the belt size. This, with a much lower than average BMI, half the body fat, and around twice the general physical strength.
It’s hardly surprising that these changes are coupled with shortening lifespans and the wild increase in various physical and mental maladies. Factor in the decreasing IQ’s and lack of education, and we have a problem.
I wonder how much of the increased average weight is tattoo ink?
Where’s Rita Coolidge? We need a serenade here.
As the US average IQ drops dangerously towards Central American levels, we can at least take comfort (foods) in the fact that the now much duller Amerikans are the largest set ever.
The nation’s obesity rate has reached the highest-ever level this year, according to the United Health Foundation’s 2018 . Obesity is a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease, cancer and other conditions. Additionally, an increase in drug deaths, suicides and cardiovascular disease deaths is contributing to an increase in premature death.
Better ban guns and cigars…
The obesity rate exceeded 30 percent of the adult population for the first time in America’s Health Rankings history, up 5 percent in the past year (from 29.9 percent to 31.3 percent). Premature deaths increased 3 percent (from 7,214 to 7,432 years lost before age 75 per 100,000 people).
Livin’ large. Adding in the merely overweight civies, we’re at something like 75% of all persons within the nonborders of the former nation. The trend GROWS (pun). Soon, maybe within a decade or so, the percent of tubbies will equal the average IQ.
USA! USA! USA!
Go supersize something.
PS: Please read all about that amazing money-waster of a program they’re pushing! Sure to be as effective as that last election Y’all enjoyed.
This isn’t good. Not overweight. Not obese. Severely Obese – a growing trend:
Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest.
Researchers examined data on height and weight collected from 2001 to 2016 for adults 20 and older and for youth ages 2 to 19. Severe obesity rates were higher in rural areas for youth as well as for men and women, while overall rates of obesity were higher only for rural women, researchers report in JAMA.
In rural communities, severe obesity rates more than tripled for men and more than doubled for women during the study period, while climbing 29 percent among young people. Obesity rates in rural areas, meanwhile, rose about 9 percent among children and teens and about 36 percent for adults.
A 36% increase in less than a generation. Maybe lay off the processed foods?
These three kind of go together. I like finding semi-related issues or tales and mixing them together; James Altucher calls it “idea sex.” Anyway, it’s been a long day so I’ll leave the interweaving to you and those XXX minds…
All three are health matters, if you will. All three are important. Here goes:
Go Liberals! Read the reasons why and then about the experience in Portugal. This was also one of Ron Paul’s ideas back when elections still sorta almost mattered. If Canada becomes the first G7 to return to the traditional minding of one’s own health business, trust the US to be last.
Drugs, guns, knives, cars, bad doctors, and just about everything else take a backseat; this is THE epidemic. It’s one with surprisingly simple solutions but also with extremely organized enemies of the public health.
In a nation awash in money, schools, books, ebooks, and free time, a horrendous percentage of the people either can’t read, can’t read well, or won’t read. This vexes more than just the word-slinging mercenaries. “Adults who can’t read are suspended in their childhoods, emotionally, psychologically, academically, spiritually. We haven’t grown up yet.” He got help. There’s always hope.
Maybe that’s the tie-in. We, collectively speaking, can make it all better: health and fitness, crime-free sobriety OR responsible enjoyment, and reading the fun and wisdom of the ages.
Not so much wisdom here, tonight, I fear. Tired. Long (good) day.
It’s a growing problem: the rounding of America. 57%+ of our children are on track to be obese by age 35:
More than 57 percent of children in the United States will be obese by age 35 if current trends in weight gain and poor eating habits continue, researchers warned Wednesday.
The risk of obesity is high even among children whose present weight is normal, said the report in the New England Journal of Medicine.
“Only those children with a current healthy weight have less than a 50 percent chance of becoming obese by the age of 35 years,” said the study, led by researchers at Harvard University.
Some 36.5 percent of the US adult population is now considered obese, a condition federal health officials define as having a body mass index of 30 or higher.
This future prediction mirrors existing adult trends, with over 70% of our population either just overweight or outright obese. If 57% of the next-gen adults are in the later category, how many will fall into the former? What’s the overall chart going to look like? 80%? 95? All of ’em??
A seemingly unrelated story about a lobster might explain part of the trouble. Might. The Pepsi part, maybe:
“I’m a Pepsi fan 100 per cent. I drink one cup of coffee in the morning and then Pepsi all day. On average it would be about 12 cans.”
12 cans. That’s like 2,000 calories and a month’s worth of sugar. Working on a lobster boat might help burn it. Sitting by the TeeVee or the Xbox will not.
Get up. Move. Exercise. Eat responsibly. Not that hard.
Or, if things, health wise, go south, then go South – to Mexico:
My son had an attack of appendicitis late Saturday night. I knew that the Obamacare inflated prices for surgery in the U.S. would be ridiculous and that the service would likely be impersonal, involve long waits, and be nerve-wracking. I have friends in the medical field so I inquired just for grins. The price for the latest routine appendectomy in my area was, my jaw dropped, $43,000. I read on-line that the average cost for an appendectomy in the U.S. is $33,000. I am not near some of the great direct-pay medical facilities in the U.S. like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, but I am near Mexico. I chose that option since I have often utilized foreign medical and dental facilities in the past and find the service and prices to be outstanding.
The main first rate hospitals in this part of Arizona are run by the Catholic Church. They, of course, operate under the constraints of Obamacare and other onerous U.S. rules and can’t offer pure free-market rates. So, they are pricey along with all the others.
I opted for the nearby private Catholic hospital in Mexico driving past a Catholic hospital in the U.S. en route. I also drove past the state run socialist hospital in Mexico which of course has deplorable service and doesn’t serve Americans anyway. Most of the private hospitals in Mexico have great service, modern equipment and procedures, and affordable prices. You can actually have extensive conversations with surgeons and the rest of the medical staff. They are very patient, respectful, and understanding. We arrived on a Sunday morning. This counted as an emergency after-hours visit. The fees listed below are higher because of the Sunday call-out for surgical personnel and the extra fee for the emergency room doctor that could have been avoided if I had come during normal business hours.
$43,000 in the US, or $3,000 in Mexico – in a modern, efficient Mexico. Medically efficient, that is; they must be getting the government and insurance rackets wrong with prices like that. Something to work towards, amigos.
Think of the children, especially if you don’t live near the border. The roly-poly, not-so-little children…
Also think of that poor, delicious lobster. I wonder if you could successfully add Pepsi to the butter?
Hey! Hey! Hey! It’s fat lobster! Fat Albert/Bill Cosby.
We’re number one! We’re #1! USA! USA!
Americans are the fattest people on an increasingly plump planet.
Life threatening obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, with 711 million overweight around the globe led by French fry loving Americans.
A detailed report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine is winning alarmed attention in Washington because it finds that American children and adults are leading the obesity parade.
“The highest level of age-standardized childhood obesity was observed in the United States, 12.7 percent,” said the report.
1 in 5 adults in the OECD area is obese. How does your country compare?
“The United States and China had the highest numbers of obese adults,” added the authoritative study.
Obesity is no secret in the U.S., but the continued domestic epidemic, especially after the former Obama administration declared war on it, is alarming officials.
Rest of the world, keep your high: school achievements, IQs, standards of living, and pleasantness. USA number ONE! Da Super Size Nation!
I post this when I should be cashing in… Wrapping up the FP fitness chapter; book forthcoming. Someone needs it…
The Daily Mail reports that now 80% of middle-aged Britons are either overweight or obese. I am confident this reflects on my side of the pond as well.
Britons are so inactive that they do not need nearly as many calories as their parents’ generation, researchers claim. Guidelines suggest an average man requires 2,500 calories a day while an average woman should aim for 2,000.
But these were drawn up around the First World War when adults walked to work and visited friends in person rather than phoning or texting.
Britons are so inactive that they do not need nearly as many calories as their parents¿ generation, researchers claim
Researchers from the London School of Economics who analysed 30 years of data say the modern-day calorie requirements should be slashed.
Dr Joan Costa-Font, whose study is published in the journal Food Policy, said: ‘Typically, life in the 21st century might mean a commute into a desk-based occupation, and three or four meals a day, leading to many people consuming more calories than their lifestyles require.
‘We still eat like our parents did, or worse, but we don’t move around nearly as much as they did. People no longer have to visit each other to hold a face-to-face conversation, they can simply Skype. We jump in the car or the bus or the Tube rather than walking.
‘As lifestyles have slowed down and become more sedate, people haven’t amended their calorie intake accordingly. We should all eat less.
‘The amount of food we eat compared with energy expenditure is simply too much. If people were as active as they were 30 years ago then recommended daily allowances of calories would be fine. It’s very hard to change how you eat from how your parents told you to eat, but we should all eat less today.
I occasionally track various obesity numbers across various demographics. The U.S. in general is north of 70% overweight. 80% is the next natural measure. I once predicted that we are moving towards a virtual 100% score. Four-fifths of the way there, baby.
And I do not want that prediction to become accurate. Let’s us, the U.S., the U.K. and everyone else, use 2017 to reverse the curse. It can be done! Starting very soon I’m going to tell you how. It ain’t easy but it is also not that hard. You’ll thank me.
Crawling is taking off (slowly) as the new fitness craze. I can see this being big with trend-conscious soccer moms, tired of yoga. It seems a bit regressive and un-intense – literally crawling the floor like a toddler or an animal – for me. But, hey, if it works and you like it, do it.
I’m likely to stick with weights, boxing, and cigars. Others will surely run or walk on. For those looking for something new, crawl away. Whatever it is, do something. Anything. With 70% of the population overweight, obese, grossly obese, or about to expire obese, any little helps.
The 1,102 reasons? Where’d I get that number? That’s the weight of the world’s fattest man – 1,102 pounds. He’s Juan Pedro, a 32 year-old man from Mexico (which is almost as obese as America). Fortunately for him, he’s about to undergo some serious, life-saving treatment:
“He is probably only still alive due to his youth,” added the doctor who estimates that Mr Pedro will need at least six months of treatment to stabilise his body before gastric bypass surgery can be undertaken.
“It’s impossible for the human body to cope with the pathologies Juan Pedro suffers from over a prolonged period, but I think we are just in time,” Dr Castañeda said.
“This is no life; the worst sentence you can give a human being is to make a prison of his own body,” said Mr Pedro.
I say, good for Juan. I wish him nothing but the best. From the story it sounds like he suffers from serious medical issues. I really hope they are just in time to help him regain his life.
Most people, even the American obesity brigade, are not in that kind of bad shape. There is, however, room and need for improvement. If that means crawling, then so be it. Get yer crawl on!