Monday, February 7, 2011

68% of American Over Weight or Obese, REALLY!


WAKE UP AMERICA, this is not getting better, changing the way that one eats starts at home with the young. They model what we as adults do. What child is going to turn down a donut, NONE. it might be a little more work but the outcome could be living life longer, passing down the family name.

Studies conducted jointly by researchers at Imperial College London and Harvard University, published in the medical journal The Lancet, show that obesity worldwide almost doubled in the decades between 1980 and 2008.

In 2008, 9.8 percent of men and 13.8% of women - more than half a billion adults - were found to be obese, as measured by the Body Mass Index or BMI. BMI is usually measured by dividing the weight of an individual in kilograms by the square of his height in meters. A BMI in excess of 25 leads to being labeled as 'overweight' while BMI of above 30 is considered to be indicative of obesity.
One of the most conspicuous conclusions from the study was that obesity is no longer an affliction in the richer, developed nations only, but was fast spreading to low and middle-income nations too. Globally, the Pacific Island nations were found to have the highest BMI average.
In alarming news for Americans, BMI rose the fastest in the U.S. during the entire 28-year period studied, according to results of the study published in Bloomberg; in 2008, 68 per cent of Americans were found to be overweight while close to 34 percent were obese.

READ MORE, from International Business Times