42% of nation to be obese by 2030, study predicts
May 7th, 2012
12:22 PM ET

42% of nation to be obese by 2030, study predicts

After years of rising obesity rates in the United States, recent statistics show the rates may have steadied. But that may not be enough, according to a new report released on Monday - it estimates about 42% of the U.S. population will be obese by 2030.

The report suggests an additional 30 million Americans will be obese in 18 years. This would cost an additional $549.5 billion on medical expenditures, according to the report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

“If you could keep the obesity rates at today’s level, you would save $550 billion,” said Eric Finkelstein, lead author of the report.

About 35% of U.S. adults are obese today, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The obesity projections were released at the CDC's Weight of the Nation conference, which is focused on preventing this growing health problem. A four-part HBO documentary with the same title begins airing next week.

Finkelstein and co-authors estimate that 11% of the population will be severely obese by 2030. Severe obesity is defined as a body mass index over 40 or being roughly 100 pounds overweight. Obese people have shorter life expectancies and greater lifetime medical costs, “suggesting that future healthcare costs may continue to increase even if obesity prevalence levels off,” wrote the authors.

“Those individuals have much greater risk of early mortality, diabetes, heart disease,” said Finkelstein. “They’re much, much more expensive and they’re on the rise, partly because 50 years ago, it was really, really hard to weigh that much. You’d have to eat all the time.”

But modern convenience has made an abundance of cheap and easy calories available, he added.

The authors calculated the future obesity and severe obesity prevalence based on population factors such as gender, age, race, ethnicity, employment data and recent trends.

Prior estimates assumed the level of obesity would continue unabated.

“We thought those estimates were too high,” said Finkelstein, health economist at Duke Global Health Institute. “A better way would be to look at underlying factors of obesity like fast food prices, price of alcohol, internet access, changing demographics.”

They also looked at variables such as the cost of healthy food, grocery prices, the number of fast food restaurants and annual household income.

The projections were based on data from a 2008 study of adults. It did not include children - where one out of three is overweight or obese.

“We just looked at adults,” said Finkelstein. “The reality is obese kids almost certainly become obese adults. Our estimates may be conservative.”

“We’re almost surely wrong in our forecast,” he added. “That’s the thing about forecasts - they are guesses. This is our best guess. The world changes, if new drugs or technology comes out, if the government comes out and makes major changes, lots could happen. If in fact we’re wrong and obesity rates are less, I’d be happy.”

Anti-obesity efforts such as recreational facilities, better urban design, work site health promotion, new drugs and technologies could help, wrote the authors.

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  1. Chryssa

    Wow. This is actually really pathetic and sad. And to imagine- we aren't even the fattest nation in the world... Qatar is.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • chubbygob69

      That's because by 2030 50% of the population will be third world ugly Hispanic!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • what?

      chubbygob69, didn't your parents ever teach you to not be a complete assho1e?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • hhmmm

      I highly doubt Qatar is... and if it is they have a reasonable reason... there rich... 99% of Americans are not.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      actually chubbygob69, the fattest people in the world are white american men, followed by black american women, then white american women. Just go to a mall in any of the souther states and you will see Mr. chubby it is americans (white and black) that are the fattest because they have been eating garbage fast food for decades. Hispanics in their countries are actually slim until they get here and eat american food.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      It's called a GYM.....sign up

      May 7, 2012 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      I have an electric Qatar.....

      May 7, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • chubbygob69

      Actually Marty Roger, Pacific Islanders are the fattest men and women on earth thus I consider your comment racist and bigoted.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
    • chubbygob69

      what?–didn't your parents ever teach you to be a tolerant MAN instead of the naive, little weasel you are?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Marty Rogers – you're hilarious. You make claims of the fattest people "in the world" based on what you see in malls located in Southern states? No, your observation pertains only to...Southern states. It all depends on where you are. I live in Los Angeles, and based on my observations (which is nothing more than what you have done), it is in fact Latino people who are the most obese. As for your claim that Hispanic people don't get fat until they move to America – I beg to differ. In fact, the most obese man on record is named Manuel Uribe and he lives in Mexico.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
    • marty rogers

      didn't based my stats in malls that is just for casual observations. I did make one mistake, I was referring to the western world. White american men and black american women are the fattest people in the western world. In the whole world they are in the top 5. Not one of those countries are in latin america. And for the silly angelino that first mocked the fact that I sued malls as a sample and then gave one example of a single man in Mexico, well....do I really have to spell it out.? these are the facts, there is zee doubt that hispanic obesity is only a problem in the US.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
    • chubbygob69

      Marty Rogers–please stop with your uniformed comments as your making a mockery of liberal ignorance.

      Thirty percent of Mexican adults are obese as are 28% of Americans, according to a book just published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

      May 7, 2012 at 18:01 | Report abuse |
    • ..

      chubbygob are you really calling other people racist and bigoted after your "third world ugly hispanic" nonsense?

      May 7, 2012 at 20:26 | Report abuse |
  2. Bryan

    I'll never understand why obese people think they deserve extra help from the rest of our society. Your obesity is not a disease. It happens because of a series of choices that you made over the course of several months to several years. YOU choose to eat the way you do. YOU choose to be lazy. Also please stop using the motorized carts at the grocery stores that are meant for disabled people. You realize if you get up and walk it will HELP, right?

    May 7, 2012 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JimTX


      May 7, 2012 at 12:59 | Report abuse |
    • † In God We Trust †

      True, but it´s also hard to be on diet and for most people it´s same as trying to stop smoking.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:01 | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Probably the same reason why somebody who drives a car gets more help from society (free roads and healfcare for an accident paid for by everybody's taxes) or people who decide to have children get more from society (i.e., free education, tax deductions, etc. again paid for out of everybody's taxes). I am fit and very healthy and pay far more taxes than I take out in services, and yet I care for my fellow Americans no matter what choices they may choose to make. It's called living in a caring comunity...you might want to try it before you talk a bunch of cr*p on the internet.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • karina

      @ "in God we trust" This is not about going on a diet. Fat people need to make life style changes and not worry about a diet which is a waste of time. It means cutting out the junk food, drinking lots of water, staying away from anything containing corn syrup or sweeteners and above all. MOVE.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • Geoff

      I'm amazed this isn't flagged, for being flagrantly true and obvious

      May 7, 2012 at 14:10 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Victor: People who drive cars don't get free roads. The roads are paid for out of gasoline taxes or tolls. Also, people who get in accidents have their medical costs paid for by their insurance, provided they or the other driver have insurance. In any case, even if roads, education, etc., are subsidized we end up with roads, education and such which greatly benefit society. With fat people all we end up with is fat people sucking the life out of this country. So go ahead and continue to enable fat people if you wish, but I don't care to subsidize their wasteful ways.

      May 7, 2012 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • apd

      Victor, I am sure you are smart to realize that roads, schools and to some extent, children (as long as the number of children on an average is limited to under 2 per couple over their lifetimes) are BENEFICIAL to human society, while obesity is NOT. One of the biggest problems about healthcare in this country is that OBESE PEOPLE ARE NOT DISCRIMINATED AND PROFILED AGAINST, which is breeding extremely lazy and unmotivated populace that has no incentive to get themselves back in shape. Why should I pay the same in healthcare as another 400 pound person who would be saddled with a bunch of health problems and would use the health facilities far more than I ever will? Auto insurance has proportional premium that is tied to your risk, so why not health insurance?

      And you need to cut the cr*p about being compassionate about others. Any regular average Joe cares first and foremost about his/her immediate family, and THEN extended family, friends and close acquaintances. Everyone cares about enough people to keep them busy and collectively, it is ENOUGH to keep humanity going. I do not need to care about a lazy, disease ridden obese person, and if I had someone like that in my family, I would advise him/her to exercise and control the weight.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse |
    • snowdogg

      Agree. And I would go further to deny health care benefits to those in the morbidly obese category... if they didn't reduce their weight by at least 30% in one year. Draconian, but why do the rest of use have to pay for others' poor choices?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
    • g2

      it is a disease, called hand to mouth disease.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Reading these comments I feel very fortunate that I am in shape and healthy and that I don't disgust anybody around me. To say that you should not support somebody because they "choose" to harm themselves by being overweight puts you on a course of social engineering which I'm sure, as an intelligent person, you would rather avoid.

      I would far rather live in a society which treats everybody with compassion and trys to get to the root cause of the obesity epidemic – which, by the way, is well known but not acted on for fear of angering certain powerful lobbies – than to put people through a living hell by shaming them and spewing hatred. If we, as Americans, committed ourselves to looking out for each other first and ourselves second we would all be far happier because I'm pretty sure that, given the choice, most people don't want to be fat and/or unhealthy.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • CNNuthin

      In Response to Bryan, I'll never understand why [depressed/handicapped/old] people think they deserve extra help from the rest of our society. Your [sadness/falling off a skateboard/oldness] is not a disease. It happens because of a series of choices that you made over the course of several months to several years. YOU choose to [live] the way you do. YOU choose to be [sad/injured/old]. Also please stop using the motorized carts at the grocery stores that are meant for [anyone but you because I am angry grrrrrr]. You realize if you get up and walk it will HELP, right [unless you are too unnerved/crippled/old to get out of bed. But yeah, that is your fault]

      May 7, 2012 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
    • 4sanity

      Obese most certainly is a disease. It may be caused by overeating or too little exercise but then the same argument could be made of almost any other illness. Is that teenage skateboarder with the broken ankle deserving of subsidized medical care or should be kicked off his medical plan for "poor choices". Or how about the chain smoker whose lung cancer treatments cost > $1million. Or the couple at age 42 who decide to have another kid that ends up with Down's syndrome despite the fact that they are in a high risk pool. Where does your moralizing start and end ?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
    • Don B.

      Obesity because of devouring too much food and food stamps. To resolve this issue; you don't need to follow special diet but instead take three steps away from the fridge Big Fat A s s.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      the yeast growing in their fat folds stinks........

      May 7, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
    • chaozz

      They need to tax they hell out of junk food, so when they hit 25 and can't move I don't have to pay the health care and welfare costs.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
    • Lew

      @In God...It may be hard to diet, but people need to be told "TOO BAD" once in a while. Life isn't easy. I don't want to go to work every day either, but I do because I have a brain and just do it.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
    • mutest

      A huge part of the problem is the nutrition information that the so-called experts have taught people for decades. Eating too many simple carbohydrates is, by far, the number one cause of obesity. Seriously, anyone who struggles with weight control, cut your simple carbs (bread, potatoes, junk food, pretzels, potato chips, etc.) in half for a month. See if you lose weight. Your results will be even better if you get a little exercise to improve your insulin sensitivity.

      Read: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It (by Gary Taubes)

      May 7, 2012 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
    • DyeDiet

      Exactly so! I was always thinking in the similar way. But here is another general problem with our food supply: We have over 7000 FDA-approved food additives. Imagine, how much more food one has to consume to get a minimal nutrition level!
      So we also need to change the QUALITY of the food in the US. We need to learn HOW TO avoid potentially dangerous food additives. We need to educate ourselves and our children. Go DyeDiet an educational website to see how to avoid those CHEMICALS....

      May 7, 2012 at 17:28 | Report abuse |
    • Smithsdawg

      Well, my only issue with this is it is very slippery slope. Next time the insurance industry wants to raise the till it will be people who choose a lifestyle that is prone to injury, such as jogging or cycling, or maybe more for those who drive a car. After that, people who choose to have children (expensive little critters).

      How about instead we push for receiving compensation for the health care we actually pay for over a period of many years? Rather than 114 insurance executives receiving our compensation...for example, 114 insurance executive at $5 million a pop, 30 receiving $10 million or above and an additional 164 executives received $2,500,000 to $4,999,999 in compensation. But I guess if they can keep selling so many on paying a bunch of money for receiving no medical care based on peer distain, they may be worth it. There is indeed a sucker (and snake oil salesmen) born every minute.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    The scary thing is that new studies are showing that many obese people have brain patterns consistent with addiction where food is concerned. This appears to be mostly related to calorie dense foods, especially those with sugar. These sorts of foods simply didn't exist or were very rare treats decades back.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Victor

      So a responsibile government would disourage the production of such foods and encourage the production of foods that have always been healthy and not calorie dense...oh wait...but that would be bad for business. Never mind.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:23 | Report abuse |
    • Scott B

      @Victor No, a responsible government would require companies to educate people while allowing the people to make their own decisions.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      Scott...I didn't say the government should prevent people from eating what they want...I'm just saying they should not purposefully scew things in favor of an unhealthy diet which is what is going on right now.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:30 | Report abuse |
    • karina

      wouldn't be surprised if fast food restaurants sneak something addicting into the recipe...wouldn't surprise me AT ALL.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      no they weren't rare.........
      what a silly comment....

      May 7, 2012 at 17:18 | Report abuse |
    • CNNuthin

      I agree that it is an addiction theory. It is up to the parents now to love and treat their children right to make sure they do not make our mistakes. You don't spend enough time with your children, maybe school life is too hard for them, things get really hard, where do they go? They can't drink? They can't find drugs (usually) and sometimes the only real comfort is food. It becomes the one thing that gives them real pleasure the way drugs do for addicts. A milder case but it is there. And the withdrawal symptoms are just as real. Going to a gym might be as humiliating as going to Rehab..maybe more so. Eating less can cause Nausea or Over Eating after. Diet pills are some of the most terrible things you can do to your body. Don't put the next generation through this. Stop it now. Feed them healthy foods, get them active, make sure they do NOT eat right before bed (I know it is tough with our work schedules) and Be encouraging and loving. Hug your child every day and talk to them. They need it more now more with the added stress they have. Schools, Work, Bullying, and messed up parents are just preparing them for overload and collapse.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
    • H in Texas

      The correct answer is to tax unhealthy food to incentivize people to buy healthy food and make the producers/consumers of unhealthy food pay for their burden on society. Then you get both. The right to choose, and a responsible safety net so your choice doesn't adversely affect others. See the cigarette/alcohol taxes. Make a Fat @/55 tax. I fail to see any difference in any of these 3.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
  4. JimTX

    Fat people are inherently lazy, gluttonous, and sloth-like. They should be shunned. A see this trend as a way of self-thinning the herd as the fatties will get diabetes, have a heart attack, or a stroke and die off, leaving the fit and trim. Being fat is selfishness at it's core. It is unAmerican. Fat or fit are choices.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Victor

      Sir...if this comment is serious and not some trolling joke...you should not be allowed to reproduce.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      There is absolutly nothing unamerican about being selfish – actually, selfishness is the national character trait, the same way as the eagle is the national bird.

      May 7, 2012 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Well said Jim

      Bob, it is very un-American. The American dream is starting with nothing and making yourself a success. That’s not selfish that’s ambitious. I agree with Jim.. being fat and expecting others to take up your slack is NOT the American ideal.

      May 7, 2012 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      BUT.... your comments are now considered BULLYING....
      anything said that hurts another persons feelings is BULLYING.... pathetic society

      May 7, 2012 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
    • Pay As You Go

      Jim over-states it a bit...but there is a thread of truth in his sarcasm. The actual numbers of people with serious health issues that CAUSE obesity is quite small when compared against the actual number of people who are allowing themselves to become obese. Even more alarming is the 'parenting' that is making their children even fatter. People don't have self-control and don't think beyond themselves – this equates to the obesity epidemic. Accuse people of being 'mean' whatever you have to do to feel better about yourself BUT the very hard truth (and many of you will in fact die grossly overweight at an early age) is that if you are living in this way and not making any effort you should absolutely be charged to cover all your medical costs or be forced to drop the 250 pounds!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
    • rachel

      personal responsibility is huge, but so is a society that embraces health at a higher level. The crap that is in food at restaurants is ridiculous and most people aren't aware of that. Just like other industries, the food industry is allowed to do basically anything they want. pump crap into our meats, add whatever junk ingedients to most things we buy. PEOPLE 50 YEARS AGO COULD BUY MEAT, MILK, ETC FOR A DECENT PRICE WITHOUT HAVING IT PUMPED FULL OF CRAP. Other countries that people here dub "socialist" are smart enough to understand that there is personal responsibility AND government responsibility. people travel for work and eat out much more. it's difficult to eat well. i do it and it's hard. people need to be educated.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse |
  5. xx

    If you want to know why health care costs are spiralling out of control, this is it. Time for a fat tax to pay for the added costs these folks are adding to society.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott B

      Things like greedy insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and patients (though malpractice suits) have far more to do with costs. Keep believing what you want though.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:28 | Report abuse |
    • pm Ohio

      Scott B...The GOP led Government fixed that little law suit problem by legislating malpractice to the point it is no longer feasable to sue even in extreme cases of malpractice ,only the lawyers get rich...most of the costs are due to greedy insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, pharmacutacle companies, health care product providers and uninsured patients.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      untrue... you can sue just the same....
      what a silly comment
      Reagan is more like Obama than any other Republican in office.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
  6. David Thelen

    I thought I read, the best way to manage ones weight is to exercise outdoors. However in many cities, there is not anywhere to do this. They are built with large, fast moving highways. However, there may be several vacant malls, storefronts and residential housing within these cities.
    Can some of these vacant buildings be leveled and its parking lots dug up, to make room for new exercise trails? We have those large earth moving vehicles that can extract coal from the mountaintops. This machinery could extract the pavement from these parking lots. Then the pavement could be reused as exercise trail pavements.
    Can new retention ponds be dug up at location? Then new trails could be placed around this pond. Fountains could be installed in every pond, as well. Perhaps, these trails could be laid around several ponds, to make it long enough for people to use. Perhaps people could drive and park just on the outside of these new trails. Then take advantage of these trails. Bikes could be rented on location.
    The more trails laid will mean more outdoors exercise opportunities for all to use. Perhaps, the reason why people can better maintain their weight outdoors; is that people may more likely keep it up. Imagine bird feeders could line these trails. I think the fresh smells of nature and the sounds of birds are better than the indoors of a fitness center.
    We also have an epidemic of obesity among our young people.
    Many times, these kids will not exercise outdoors since their neighborhoods are unsafe. Thus they stay indoors on their computers, hours at a time. Then they get no exercise.
    Can new large parks be created just for kids? Perhaps, they could choose from a large selection of bikes to rent. There could be skates, climbing walls and other items for kids to get that exercise. There could be different times scheduled, for kids with different backgrounds, to play at these large parks. It could be reserved just for autistic kids, military dependents, foster kids and others. Parents could drop them off at gates of these large parks. New farmers markets could be set up at these gates near where parents drop off their kids. Some people with developmental challenges, like autism, may work best growing and transporting healthy vegetables to markets. Responsible adults at these recreation facilities would monitor these parks and farmers markets.
    Exercising outdoors, according to some studies, is the best way to better manage ones weight. Perhaps, creating exercise trails and parks could be new opportunities for people to better manage their weight. The money saved from lower health care; would be more than made up by creating these new trails and parks costs. Then everyone wins with such changes. From not only in health care costs, it increases the quality of life for people by having better health.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • More butter please!!!

      Anyone who is complaining about a lack of places to exersize, really isn't trying hard enough. There are hundreds of options in any particualr area. The simplest ideas are the best. Start with walking. Any place that is any given distance from another will suffice. After that, running. It's like walking, only faster. Hills can be added to this equation. Once the foundation is laid, and exersize is part of your life, it is impossible not to find a place to raise your heart rate. I am not trying to be argumentative with you, I am just trying to illustrate that the problem is usually motivation, and not lack of a location.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:05 | Report abuse |
    • old golfer

      Please. You can get tons of exercise in a motel room. Pushups,sit ups, running in place, jumping jacks, yep, all the stuff the coaches had us doing in my time. But now American's think that they need a million dollar play pen to keep fit. Hardly the case. And yes, you can do all the above in your living room also. Almost anywhere.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
    • Kal

      couldnt agree with old golfer more. i do a high cardio workout every night in the space of my apartment bedroom. takes me maybe 25 square feet which we all have access to. it requires no weights or other equipment either. stop kidding yourself that we need to be outdoors or in a fancy workout facility. the human body provides us with all the tools we need to make it healthy. we just have to use them

      May 7, 2012 at 15:41 | Report abuse |
    • David T

      The following is a link that supports how the environment can cause healthier behavior in people.
      There used to be a time when gas was cheep; thus resulted in urban sprawl. We have built huge, over crowded schools as a result. This overcrowding may be one factor for bullying. Plus with kids not feeling safe to walk to school, this has resulted in fewer times exercising outdoors. They simply do not to walk to school any more. Other things have changed since the 1950s of cheep gas. Today we have aging baby boomers and soon many will not be able to drive. (However, they still will need to get around to buy groceries, prescriptions and go to the doctor's office.) At the same time we have malls, stores and offices sitting mostly empty. We have schools with huge financial deficits with crumbling buildings. I believe we must reinvent our neighborhoods to answer all these challenges. Can schools be rebuilt as multi use facilities? Where you can walk there to buy healthy foods, see your doctor, and take a class. Can the empty malls also be rebuilt as multi use facilities, as well? Perhaps this could include retirement apartments and classrooms. This way you can move some students to these newly created classrooms at these vacant buildings; thus give students more personal space. This extra personal space may help reduce bullying and increase test scores. We must reinvent ourselves to solve the many challenges facing this country, including obesity. And yes, according to the web link above, having more trails will cause healthier behavior in people. And at the same time we help solve the baby boomer, school finances, and our high gas expenditures.

      May 7, 2012 at 16:59 | Report abuse |
    • platofish

      Exercise helps reach and maintain a healthy body mass, however diet is the primary factor in controlling our weight. Walking for an hour only burns 300-500 calories (depending on your weight, how fast you walk, hills, etc). That means it takes at least a couple of hours of walking to burn off the calories in a big mac, fries and soda.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:52 | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    I have to agree with Bryan. Stop buying the junk food I see in your carts and exercise!

    May 7, 2012 at 13:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Karl Wilder

    ...and obesity leads to diabetes. Right now I am living as a diabetic in preparation for a benefit at Harlem Hospital for the new diabetes education department. I have to say it is hard to control my eating to that degree (to follow http://www.fusiononthefly.com) and I can understand the choices that lead to obesity, especially for the poor. As a result I will be doing this on the food stamp budget of 1.48 per meal beginning May 11 and see if even as a chef with many advantages if it is even possible.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. wizard2399

    I feel sorry for the kids who are raised on mac and cheese, hot dogs, pizza, sodas, chips, and candy. Some of them will have clogged arteries in their 20's besides being obese. I blame the parents for this. They know better.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bspurloc

      odd sounds like food in a typical Italian family..... but suddenly those particular foods cause obesity now?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
  10. Scott B

    Good, that means we are prosperous.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • boohowdy

      is that what you tell yourself?

      May 7, 2012 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
    • pm

      Then Scott, how come the higher on the socio-economic scale you are, the less likely you are to be obese? The poor are way more likely to be fat or hooked on cigarettes or drugs. You go into any high performng suburban high school and compare that to an inner-city school, you'll see the difference immediately.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • Al

      pm...tha is not all true. I don't see obese kids among the very poor in ...say...Africa.

      May 7, 2012 at 19:18 | Report abuse |
  11. farkingargle

    So, the US government subsidizes corn, wheat, soybeans and a few others. They also pave expansive and vast road systems and subsidize oil and auto industries. So, the US government is making this happen, IMO. If you make mcchickens and double cheeseburgers $1 via subsidies and you don't subsidize vegetables and healthier options, all the poor people will eat the former. And then there's the whole drive-thru aspect of our society. And Obama thinks mandating health insurance for everyone is going to help??? WE NEED MANDATORY VEGETABLE AND FRUIT SERVINGS AND MANDATORY EXERCISE FOR ALL THE FATTIES. PREVENTION NOT REACTION!!!!!!!! America doesn't deserve to be saved from it's own laziness and gluttony.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mrmagoo

    I feel bad because I eat and drink a lot of pizza and soda but i'm only 180pds and 6'1. Even though i'm a skinny guy i sympathize with obese people. I love eatin junk, it's like an addiction.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DK

      Just because you're thin, does not mean you are healthy. Fatty foods can clog your arteries just as quickly. East some veggies in between those twinkles and YES I am so jealous.

      May 7, 2012 at 13:38 | Report abuse |
    • gaucho420

      I know a man who was thin as a rail his whole life and who's had three heart surgeries since he was 45. Check your health bud...if you eat poorly, you are living the consequences and may not even know it.

      May 7, 2012 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • exactly

      The biggest misconception is that eating healthy means that someone will be at their ideal weight or skinny, but the real problem is that healthy is not being emphasized as it should be. If everyone ate healthy and exercise, there would still be some folks that would be overweight or even obese as there would be folks that would be underweight. But the majority of folks would fall into some form of normal health and weight.

      May 7, 2012 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
    • Jess

      my youngest sister is 130 lbs and 5' 10 and super toned..eat burgers and fries and doesnt excersise...genetically gifted...where I eat healthy and excersise to stay in shape

      May 7, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse |
  13. DK

    The sad thing is many fat people are products of what they've learned. A small child not given proper nutrition and constant junk food will probably grow up being obese. Yes, they can change but how difficult for them giving up all they've know their whole life.

    May 7, 2012 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. boohowdy


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  15. David T

    If you were to google "diseases that cause fatigue," you will find thousands. Is it a character problem or is it a medical problem why someone is "lazy?" Can diabetes from being obese cause "laziness?" For those medical experts reading this post, can these diseases prevent people from exercising, thus prevents people from losing weight? Can some medical colleges, as part of their intern program, check people for these diseases? CNN medical, can you do a report as to why some people may appear to be"lazy?"

    May 7, 2012 at 13:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • farkingargle

      can't fix stupid.

      May 7, 2012 at 14:05 | Report abuse |
  16. Marcelo


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  17. gaucho420

    And many of these people have no insurance and refuse to get it, until a heart attack and then we all get to pay for it anyways...the time has come to make health insurance mandatory and not make it optional. I'm looking at you, Supreme Court!

    May 7, 2012 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bill

      If you are paying for it now anyway then you will be paying for it if it is mandatory because employers will drop their insurance and let the taxpayers pay for it all. Its just that the employers will keep the cost savings and you will have the higher taxes.

      May 7, 2012 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
    • More butter please!!!

      Employers should also make exersize mandatory, so that they can cut down on medical care costs in the long run.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • exactly WTH

      More butter please!, Doing that would also require folks to learn how to properly exercise and you would need a physical for some folks in order to gauge what exercise would be safest for them. Having an significantly obese person exercise without any direction is an injury waiting to happen.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • Terrils

      And many people with jobs cannot get insurance at all (or cannot get decent insurance), even though they want it, because their employers are too cheap (WalMart). What about those people?

      May 7, 2012 at 18:22 | Report abuse |
  18. exactly

    But what folks are missing is that the traditional American diet is NOT healthy. Folks are buying into an illusion that Americans eat a healthy diet when our culture mocks eating healthy as a chore. Remember 50s sitcoms when folks had to bribe their kids into eating their veggies? So eating a healthy diet is not the norm but a rarity. Really the main differences have been:
    1) Americans have created an environment that has families live 40 to 50 miles away from work. Therefore, less time is spent at home.
    2) folks work more hours than a typical 40 hour work week, which means that folks do not have the same amount of time to exercise and prepare dinners.
    3) Employment is generally behind a computer screen and desk, no more physically active employment.
    4) intermurials and Physical Education have been cut in Schools that have led to less physical activity for children.
    5) Children do not have the same places to play and have replaced outside activity which computer and video games.
    6) access to fast food has increase significantly and foods prepared at home have decreased in the same time.

    May 7, 2012 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. More butter please!!!

    Fat people should be ridiculed. I saw a child ask his father why some woman was so big, and everyone around got all embarassed. This is the wrong reaction. The father should have been honest with his kid and said because she is lazy and eats bad food. Most hippos will tell you some sort of excuse as to why they are so big, but the equation is simle: eat better, exersize. Period. All of those people on The Biggest Loser should not be celebrated for losing that weight. How did they get that fat in the first place? Parents with obese kids should be tried for child abuse. America is getting fatter every day. Let's go back to teasing fat kids ...

    May 7, 2012 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • exactly

      Ridiculling does not do anything to make folks change. I did not lose weight because someone made fun of me, I lost weight because I was tired of going to Big and Tall mens stores, getting out of breathe, and not being able to fit into normal seats. Had nothing to do with the amount of 'fat' jokes I heard. In fact those jokes only helped me feel even more sorry for myself. But if you think that making of big people will work go right ahead.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • More butter please!!!

      @exactly – so they should be coddled instead? Or ignored? They've been ignored and coddled long enough for it to become an epidemic, so harsh realities need harsh treatments. I don't think it should be considered "OK" to be obese. I think exersize should be promoted to the point where obese people stick out. And, in a world of normality, would be ridiculed for failing to conform to basic health practices. ... Like being able to tie your own shoes.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @ exactly
      Actually there was an article on this site last year about man who lost about 200 lbs because he had been ridiculed in front of his son. That of course is only one example.. but do you really think the timing of the ‘everyone’s a winner’ make fun of no one, PC police and the countries increase in obesity is simply a coincidence?

      May 7, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse |
    • pat carr

      No not rediculed. that won't change anything. They should be encouraged and trained. At the same time the weight should not be enabled or endorsed "i'm a big girl.....BBW...."has curves" etc.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
    • Terrils

      Fat people have been ridiculed for generations. Yet there are more of them than ever. So where's your evidence that ridiculing the overweight makes them thinner? Seek harder for an excuse for your malice.

      May 7, 2012 at 18:25 | Report abuse |
    • More butter please!!!

      @Terrils – when I grew up, there was only one fat kid on the block, and it was just the norm to make fun of him. But there was only one. Now, most of the kids are overweight, so it would be hard to single out the fatty. My malice is because I don't think allowances should be made to make obese people think that their lifestyle is "OK". I see so many people who act confused as to why they are overweight, yet they eat horribly and never exersize. Yes, fat people have been ridiculed for years (for excellent reason), but it has been toned way down in recent years because 1) more people are fat, and 2) there is a retarded PC movement that makes everyone lie to each other.

      May 7, 2012 at 18:49 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      @pat carr
      "i'm a big girl.....BBW...."has curves" etc = fat. Why are you sugar coating it?

      I posted it before you posted your comment. Just goes to show that you are not looking for evidence but a justification for your fatness.

      May 8, 2012 at 07:57 | Report abuse |
  20. 757Matt

    This article is absurd. Someone's BMI does not tell you if they are obese. A person's body fat percentage tells you if someone is obese. BMI is a height to weight ratio that only works some of the time. It doesn't take into account a person's level of physical activity.

    May 7, 2012 at 15:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • exactly WTH

      But it is what the CDC uses as their basis of health and what major insurance carriers use to determine rates and insurability.

      May 7, 2012 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      While that is technically correct. The only people I’ve seen complain about it are obese and pill popping muscle heads.. Either way it works out to being the insecure person.

      May 7, 2012 at 16:27 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      If you're BMI is over the normal range, it's worth seeing a doctor to get checked out further. Simple enough. Also, 757!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • Philip

      I agree. BMI is not a good indicator if the person is heavily muscled.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
  21. There's An Answer

    This is definitely a major problem. Obesity is right at or past the point of being out of control in this country, but I have definitely seen a solution. It's called Weigh Down method and it basically teaches you to eat only when the body is physically hungry and not to overindulge. Makes total sense and thousands of people have been helped by it. Check it out weighdown.com .

    May 7, 2012 at 15:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. holly

    i used to be obese. i ate a lot of salad and exercised, and now i look like a normal person. im not sure what stops other people from doing this.

    May 7, 2012 at 15:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kal

      that one is pretty simple. people will claim its that they don't have time etc. when in reality they are choosing to do the things they do and choose to be lazy. i work for 10 hours a day, take care of my 4 nieces and nephews, and still find time to make sure they're all still active, eat right, and are healthy. on top of that once they're all in bed, i push myself through an hour of high cardio. i'm fit and could never imagine being bigger. obese people who use the cop out of that they are too tired to exercise simply are taking the easy bow out. ya you might be tired for the first couple of weeks from the increased work load, but once you lose some weight, life itself won't be so tiring and the system begins to be easier. it only takes getting started and getting some darn will power

      May 7, 2012 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
  23. Death by Thunder Thighs

    This isssue is not very funny. Obesity and diabetes could devastate our healthcare system. America is going to have to get off it's fat behind and start walking and moving.

    May 7, 2012 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. MD

    I am a surgeon and it is now customary that all our patients are obese. Every internal organ is covered in more fat, and healing is dramatically less. Surgeries take longer, and are more difficult to do purely because the patient is obese. Everyone can argue about weight discrimination, etc... but the cold truth is being obese lengthens your surgery and increases complication rates. Simple as that, and there's nothing I can do to lessen those risks at the time of surgery. I see this every day. It is actually a rarity to have a thin (what used to be "normal") sized patient to operate on. We actually have to step back and take notice, it is so uncommon!

    May 7, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DefyTheGods

      Wow, it must be terribly frustrating! Unfortunately, obesity is treated by some as socio-political football. Medical facts seem to take a back seat to public opinion. Please speak more about this as a surgeon. People need to know how dangerous obesity is. I can only imagine the actual difference in man hours between surgery on a normal body versus surgey on an obese body.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:19 | Report abuse |
    • Victor

      That's the most useful comment I have ever read on one of these "let's bash fat people/fat is beautiful" message board. It is a pretty frieghtening state of affairs and is the best statement yet for people to get it together.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
  25. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    All these fat people trying to make excuses for their poor behavior… makes me both laugh and cry.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Ms. Fit

    I think the stats will be higher...it's pretty obvious especially after visiting an amusement park and found only one other person that I would consider fit. Lots of fat kids as well, it's sad! i actually felt like an alien.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Victor

      As a fellow fit person I'd be happy to ride the roller coaster with you!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:26 | Report abuse |
    • WRG001

      I believe that the proportion of overweight and obese people is much higher than is reported. I see it everywhere...and our perception is definitely off. Having served overseas, you see how people are supposed to look...we think normal healthy when in fact the individual is overweight. We see fat, when in fact, the person is obese. If you can't see your abs, you have weight to lose guys...

      May 7, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
  27. Fish

    Fuel will be 15/gallon by then and people won't go everywhere in their cars which are in my opinion the biggest culprit to not getting exercise.. people will get in there car rather than walk a block.. crazzzzzzzzzzzy!

    May 7, 2012 at 16:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Mike

    Its about time they revised the weight charts and all that crap. Its SO out of date that many people who arent even close to being obese are counted as obese by these stoopid charts and guidelines. Has anyone ever stopped to think that maybe, just maybe the drug companies and wegith loss companies benefit greatly from ramming the "thin" agenda down everyones throat? The more people that are eh-hem "obese" , the better their bottom line. Just like the cholesterol numbers & the blood pressure numbers. They all keep going down.... and then more people are on THEIR meds. Ya'll see the connection? Geesh.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Leigh

    I am thin and in very good shape. What I've noticed over the years, however, is that other adults comment how thin I am and I must not eat, etc., when in reality I am really a healthy, normal weight for my height. My point is that so many people are overweight, we no longer can even comprehend what is the right weight for people. In my child's classroom, he is considered skinny, while other kids are said to be "filling out early" or "big boned" when in reality they need to slim down.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Sherrie0824

    Actually, there are some studies that suggest that almost the entire population of America will be either overweight or obese by 2030. And yet, more and more schools cut recess and physical education so they can "teach to the test" because of the stupid "No Child Left Behind" law that really, REALLY needs to be repealed. And fewer universities and colleges require one credit hour of physical education for graduation ... it's appauling. We are going to be just like those people in Wall-E .. riding around in motorized chairs, dying before we're 40.

    May 7, 2012 at 16:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Philip

    When I changed my focus from losing weight to getting healthy, I had to educate myself on what it takes for 'me' to get healthy. Thank goodness for the internet. It was an eye-opener to learn how much of what I was eating was bad for me. It was even more amazing to me to learn how much of a factor the extra weight and lack of exercise had on my health. I started slow and built; replacing one bad habit with a good habit at a time; doing it day by day. The irony is I never missed all those foods I use to crave once I stopped cold turkey. Well, except for pizza that is... It was a lot easier to get healthy than I could have imagined. But focusing on one's health, not losing weight, is the way to go.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. nathaniel

    shoot fat people

    May 7, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TC

      torture nathaniel

      May 7, 2012 at 17:11 | Report abuse |
  33. Joe

    Obese Person: But i dunno how i keep putting on this weight because i eat salad pretty much everyday...

    Me: What kind of dressing are you using? What are you putting on your salad..

    Obese Person: Ranch or Thousand Island and i usually pour enough to cover the salad in...

    This is the mentality that is shared by millions of americans, wake up!!!!!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cherries

      B-b-but french fries are made from potatoes. Those are a vegetable right??

      May 7, 2012 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
    • Jerome Horowitz

      And taco salad is a salad, right?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
  34. AL

    If one is under the category of obesity then they should not be eligible for any government health care, and that standard should be back dated to 2010 when that law was enacted. The tax payers should not have to pay for anyone else, but the tax payers really should not have to pay for any one that is obese.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. whatwhatwhatyo

    I was out at a crowded store the other day noticing 95% of the people were completely obese. they all can not blame it on a serious health issue. disturbing

    May 7, 2012 at 17:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Pat

    I am always curious whenever they have a story about obesity, if any of the images they use of people are recognized. Hey that's my fat a**!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. TC

    I can say I pretty much agree with what everyone is saying here. Most obese people have issues and the visible sign is their fat but it is not an excuse to continue live like that nor for others to pay for their poor choices. There is also a small group of obese people that for medicla reason cannot control their weight so its important for "fit fanatics" not to be a–wholes and denigrate and malign every fat person. Another point – the government does need to take some control of the food chain – why should it be permissible and legal for companies to sell food with ingredients that are harmful.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SillyBean

      In defense of obese people, which I am not one, I have to say the following... Our bodies are designed to seek out 3 things that are very rare in nature but are easily consumed in today's culture: fat, sugar, salt. By producing fast foods and grocery store shelf convenience foods that are high in these evolutionary necessities, food producers are "pushing our evolutionary buttons." People consume these convenience foods, which are mostly made of corn or some corn product, their blood sugar spikes, their bodies release insulin, then they are hungry again. It's a vicious cycle that your bodies absolutely become chemically addicted to in a very basic way. Add on top of this that people are not taught about how their endochrine or digestive system works in relation to the foods they consume, or that fruits/veggies/leguimes/nuts carry nutrients that are essential to property digestion and chemical interactions inside the human body, however, they are fed a steady stream of marketing for those oh-so-addictive foods high in fat, salt, and sugar. How can we turn this tide and get people educated to the fact that a plant based diet dense in fresh fruits and vegetables is not only satisfying but low in calories, fat, and sugar? Yes, people hear "eat your veggies" from their parents, but then their parents hand them a plate with steak, mac n cheese, an overcooked vegetable drenched in butter, and some type of starch-y side dish?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
  38. Judge Dredd

    Pretty soon dodgeball will be illegal....oh wait.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. dreamer96

    How does that song go again...Hmmm...Sir Mix a lot said best...

    I like big butts and I can not lie
    You other brothers can't deny
    That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
    And a round thing in your face
    You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
    'Cause you notice that butt was stuffed

    May 7, 2012 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Victor

      Notice the iddy biddy waist part...

      May 7, 2012 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
  40. SillyBean

    This is because of the SAD – standard American diet. We attempt to protion control the uncontrollable... Our grocery store shelves are filled with convenience foods made mostly of corn and corn by products. These foods spike blood sugar when we eat them, our bodies release insulin, then we are very soon hungry again... It's a vicious cycle. Most children are not taught by their parents or in health classes that raw fruits and veggies should be the mainstay of their diets. Yes, they say "eat your veggies" but then they cook mac and cheese, steak, and some type of starch-y side. A healthy diet of fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and leguimes would not require us to "control the monster" as 500 calories of these fill a person up nicely, provide essential nutrients that keep the body's systems operating at optimal level, and satisfy the senses... Our obesity epidemic is the result of over-marketing and lack of education as to how the human endochrine and digestive system really works and a lack of understand where the processed foods on our grocery store shelves comes from.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Victor

      Very well put! To have food marketed constantly to our evolutionary triggers – salt, fat and sugar – and then feeding the beast which is created by the constant yo-yo of high fat density foods is sad. Only people who conciously make the decision to be thin...or who are just genetic freaks of nature...will be thin. By definition, most people are neither one of these and, therefore, people are fat. Plain and simple.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
  41. dawgface

    We need to heavily regulate the restaurant and grocery industries so that packaged and prepared foods have less salt, less fat, and less sugar.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cherries

      Someone told me to shop around the outside of the grocery store because that's where all the real food it. They were right. Dairy, meat, and produce outline the store, while the packaged food is in the middle. I cook from the rawest most basic foods available. It's more work, but I'm satisfied with what's going into my family's tummies.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse |
  42. Joe

    Just got back from a run after a little weight training. Enjoy your lives as disgusting blobs fattys.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Jerome Horowitz

    I cut out soda, and lost 10 lbs without doing anything else.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. stephaniemadrid

    Reblogged this on Stephanie Madrid and commented:
    If this isn't enough motivation to lose weight, then I don't know what is. Don't be part of the statistic. Visit your doctor and get healthy today!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. albert

    Obesity shows complete lack of respect for ones self. Greed is behind all of these sympathizers. Half a trillion dollars explains why you have all theses experts saying "It's ok to be fa"t. Totally disgusting!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Areacode612

    People also got obese during the Roman Empire.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Philip

    There are so many resources out there to get in shape and they don't cost alot so don't give me excuses. Gyms, parks, sports, whatever.....Just find sonething to keep you active.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. bspurloc

    We be CHUNKY.............. mittens blamed obama

    May 7, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. chaozz

    just keep eating McDonalds, they are worse then the tobacco companies,
    that crap is legal at any age,and will kill you faster then tobacco.and cost us tax payers even more

    May 7, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You are looking for scapegoats. No one is making you eat McDonalds 5 days a week. Once in a while isn’t going to hurt you..

      May 8, 2012 at 08:04 | Report abuse |
  50. Pay As You Go

    It is quite easy, really. Charge them 4x the going rate for anything and everything: Airline seats, MEDICAL CARE, Clothing...and help them 'steer' in the right direction. It is one thing – and few are – to be medically, by birth, with a health defect – fat. It is quite another to swill soda, eat garbage, sit on your rear and LET this happen to you. Two VERY different things.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:15 | Report abuse | Reply
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