Thursday, July 21, 2011

Let's Move! Obesity Rates Skyrocket

How's that whole Let's Move campaign working out these days? Not too well, apparently.
America's obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing down, new findings show, as research reveals obesity rates have risen to 30 per cent or more in at least 12 states.

A 2010 survey conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows not a single state has reported a rate of obesity below 20 per cent.

The findings are in stark contrast to a 2000 study, which showed no state had an obesity rate above 25 per cent.
Maybe we should blame Bush.
Not a single state met the Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy People 2010 goal to reduce obesity rates to below 20 per cent in the past ten years.
Oh well, let's just lower the standards then.
As a result, Healthy People 2020 includes a target obesity rate of 30 per cent.
How about simply abandoning such idiotic programs since they're clearly not working? Time to trim the fat from the budget now, so to speak.


James Hlavac said...

If there's poverty and starvation in America today, as we're told -- how can there be so many fat people?

roux said...

The body fat studies are bogus.Watch how they always state "overweight or obese" in every statistic. It's bullshit.

rich b said...

First of all the so-called "Obesity epidemic" is a canard. I realize American kids seem to be getting fatter. One can blame the phasing out of gym classes in middle and high schools to start. My kids went through six years of LAUSD classes and neither my Daughter or Son ever had a gym class. That is a disgrace. The powers that be have put PE on the back burner and I think it has to do with lawsuits and kids getting hurt in gym.

As for the epidemic, the definition of what is obese was changed about ten years or so back by the federal gubment and WTF happened next - you guessed it, an "epidemic".They downgraded what was considered fat so very few kids could even qualify as NOT obese.

When you look at the old Metorpolitan Insurance Tables, the definiton of what is obese is ridiculously impossibe to conform to. One has to be six feet tall and weigh less than 120 pounds to NOT be considered fat. Fucking ridiculous!