OBESITY IN AMERICA
Obesity, defined as a body-mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher, is not equally distributed across the U.S. Check out this map to find out which state is the fattest (hint: it's the namesake of mud pie), which is the thinnest (think Coors Light), and which spends the most money on obesity-related health care (its governor pumps iron).
Read on, after the break, for more of America's (and the world's) fat facts.
Um, hello? According to the graphic on Pg3 the US is 34% Obese and 66% Overweight.... that's 100%! That just isn't possible. Am I in the 0% category of regular weight people? I highly doubt that. I call BS!
and how come French Polynesia gets to have 115%?
spottedmarley, last time i checked being obese meant you were overweight, but being overweight doesn't necessarily mean you're obese. you don't add the two percentages together idiot.
spottedmarley is right. On pg. 1, "obesity" is defined as a BMI of 30+, and on pg. 3 "overweight" is defined as BMI of 25-29.9. The math on the pg. 3 graphic seems to say that 100% of the U.S. has a BMI of 25 or more.
For as damning an article as this is, it would be awfully nice to see references to the source data.
I'm having a real credibility problem here.
Is Popsci going to respond to this?
I'm surprised to find Israel on the list of countries with wide-spread weight problems. I've been told by a resident that one sees far fewer overweight individuals in Israel than in America. These statistics seem unusual in a country with mandatory military service.
The sources for this article are:
"Obesity Trends among U.S. Adults between 1985 and 2007," CDC; "Overweight and Obesity: Economic Consequences," CDC; Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, CDC; Global Database on Body Mass Index, WHO; "Obesity among Adults in the United States-- No Statistically Significant Change Since 2003-2004," CDC; National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey; "Kids' Meals: Obesity on the Menu," Center for Science in the Public Interest; "Weight Bias: The Need for Public Policy" and "Economic Impact of Obesity," Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University, "Excess Deaths Associated with Underweight, Overweight, and Obesity," JAMA.
Interesting question on the percentages. I would think that obese counts as overweight as well, and thus they overlap, but I'll ask our print editors what's up and get back to you.
Thanks for your comments and questions!
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So, I asked the editor who brought this piece to life, and she said that obese is indeed a subset of overweight. Anyone with a BMI that is between 25 and 29.9 is actually considered "pre-obese." You guys are right that it's a little unclear in the content, but this is indeed the way it breaks down.
I dont exactly trust the information with the kids meals there. In most of those "dinners" there are several choices to make, which will affect the actual calorie count of the meal. Not the least of which is the drink. Milk is almost never chosen in these studies. From what I have seen anyways.
I think for the kids meals numbers are given for a maximum amount of calories you can get out of every meal