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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.


soundoff (1,003 Responses)
  1. Tom Pernis

    Wow, and you thought that those diet infomercials were doing the trick. I hear McDonalds and BK are doing night spots on how to eat a burger and fries withiout dropping your food on the floor. It should teach you all that food goes in you mouth and not on the floor....unless your eating off the floor like pigs. Ooops 42% are just that PIGS!! Viva America, were FATSO is the new word of the year.

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

      The use of the word "FATSO" will now be considered to be a hate crime. It will be decreed that fat people have a"right" to be fat and that your tax dollars will be used to give out Fat Food stamps . Plus obesity will become a valid reason for obtaining SS Disability and Medicaid.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
    • Melissa

      This is a world wide epidemic. It's not just the USA. People need to take personal responsibility for their health. No one is to blame but the person. Not McDonald's or any other company.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:31 | Report abuse |
    • WRG001

      So, is it pronouced Per-Nees?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
    • Tom Pernis

      Yep, you got it! It is pernouced that way. 😉

      May 7, 2012 at 21:10 | Report abuse |
  2. Lenny

    With all the money we're throwing away on fat people, us slim and beautiful people should have some return on that investment. Let's run a Battle Royale with a 100 randomly chosen fat people each year. Participants will be chosen through lottery, with a person getting one entry for each extra pound he/she wears. This will not only cut down medical costs, but will generate revenue through product placement and advertisement.

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

      We'll call it the Hungry Games

      May 7, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
    • Lenny

      If no winner has been determined in 3 days a 'sudden death' mode is initiated, whereby a pack of hungry velociraptors is released on the island.

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

      You'd be surprised. A lot of people who are "obese" are actually rather phyiscally fit. Just think how many chubby construction workers there are. It's rather easy to hit the magical 30% when we're using the same base scale for determining appropriate weight from the 1950's. I've been an athlete for as long as I can remember, as well as technically obese. I'm healthy, productive and active, and not a single doctor says I need to lose weight. Please put me in the ring with some of the lucky thin people who don't work for it..... I'd have a great time!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
    • Lenny

      So people like you, Random, will just go on to win the event. It's the flabby, lazy junk food junkies that will be weeded out.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
    • Random

      I'm happy with winning. I just think you'd find that it wouldn't necessarily help your percentages overall if your only concern is fatness. It would certainly help the fitness level of the nation, but guesstimations of BMI is not necassarily indicative of that.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
    • jmsent

      Random: Keep telling yourself that being obese is ok, because you're "athletic" and doctors haven't told you that you should lose weight. Did you ever ask a doctor about your weight? Or are you just waiting for them to say something? Most doctors won't. And as for your weight, it isn't what your health is now, but what it will be 10-15 yrs down the road as you continue to pack on the pounds and the stress of all that weight wreaks havoc on your organs and your joints. Maybe you'll be one of those "lucky people" that gets away with being grossly overweight and gets away with it. But, statistics aren't on your side, and denial won't solve the problem. There's no doubt that obesity leads to serious health problems.

      May 7, 2012 at 19:15 | Report abuse |
  3. gaucho420

    and if the supreme court overturns Obamacare, all the insured suffering heart attacks and other ailments will just have the rest of us foot the bill. Now that's freedom!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. DeeNYC

    fat people are gross, and lazy. and now they're using up tax dollars.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry of Boston

      Maybe we deal with the fat people like the highway department deals with overweight trucks on the road - we use the same highway weighing stations and we randomly wave over fat looking people; we fine then $5 for every pund thaey are over their ideal weight. If they are classified obese, we double the tax.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:20 | Report abuse |
  5. Jerome Horowitz

    There was a Weight Watchers ad at the bottom of the page when I clicked in......hmmmmmmm.....

    May 7, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Larry of Boston

    Forget the GOP FLAT TAX; we need a Democratic FAT TAX

    May 7, 2012 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. endgame

    by 2030 the western economic system will have collapsed and the great die off of humanity will be well under way. obesity will be magickly cured!

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

      Well, if you're right, 'long pig' will be on the menu.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:37 | Report abuse |
  8. albert

    The government should create a fat tax.

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

      We don't tax smokers and drinkers. We can't tax fat people. We can tax fatty foods, like we do cigarettes adn alcohol.

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

      We definitely tax smokers through taxing tobacco. And it is just as well we do. Smokers cost the rest of society in lost productivity and needing other people to care for them when they inevitably get cancer.

      For similar reason, there should be tax on unhealthy foods.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I don't necessarily agree with taxing fatty foods. I am in very good physical condition with a very low body fat %. I rarely ever eat the "fatty" foods but once in a long, long while I will do that as a treat. I don't make it an every day occurrence.

      Obese people make it a lifestyle. They are choosing to live that unhealthy lifestyle. It's easier than making the effort to change their life around and embrace healthy living. Fatty foods are comfort foods for them. It's a defeating cycle.

      It's not fair to us folks with the will power to exclude or get taxed on items that we have control over. Obese people – via some kind of magical solution – need to be made aware that their lifestyle affects all of us in terms of higher healthcare costs, burden on services, resources, etc.

      Of course, food shows like Man Vs. Food doesn't help. Americans are gluttonous pigs. If the entire world's population ate as much food as we did, we would be in an all-out resource war, or end up like those fat people in the movie "Wall-E". So sad.

      Obese people know they have a problem, but they just don't care enough about themselves (or others) to do anything about it.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
    • ZoeyJ

      AND A DUMB TAX.....the deficit would be gone overnight.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:54 | Report abuse |
  9. TexDoc

    Just like cigarettes and alcohol. There needs to be a sugar tax, fat tax, that helps those who participate fund their health care problems the rest of us have to pay. 10 cents a bottle on sugared drinks. 10 cents a burger and frech fries at fast food resturants would be a great start.

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

      We should definitely have a fat tax. All sugary, ultra fatty foods should be taxed higher to pay for the health issues they cause.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    Fat chance that happens in the US. Hey, pass the twinkies please.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Tom

    This is what happens when the only "work" you have to do to feed yourselves is sit in a cubical 8-10 hours a day.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Mike

    That article made me hungry. I think McDonald's sounds good.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BaltoPaul

      I'd go, but my wife just made me a big plate of cheese fries!

      May 7, 2012 at 19:09 | Report abuse |
  13. local foodie

    Some of the food additives are downright horrific! Start researching them and it might change the way you look at food.
    We really are voting when we shop. And processed food causes not only obesity but all the problems that go with it.
    An older book called "the French don't diet plan" is excellent! Food Inc. is another good one to see. And it's farmers
    market season soon-shop there!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Sagebrush Shorty

    Most of these obese conditions are self-inflicted. Of course they can blame McDonald's, high fructose corn syrup,sugar fortified cereal and so on, but most fat people have only themselves to blame. Now your tax dollars will support the lard-butts and their lifestyle.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Larry of Boston

      It is interesting that dietetic people rely on the Lycemic Index to monitor their sugar intake - that is the universal measurement of food types for sugar amound and sugor load. What is interesting -and disturbning – is that the US dies not produce a =Glycemic Index and most of the foods in the US are not measured -- this is the fault of the Democrats and their unions - the companies that make all this crap will not allow Glycemic Index measurements -– Having studied this, it was shocking to learn that foods one might consider good – like corn Flakes – are actually much higher in Glycemic load than one would think and the kids cereals are off the charts with SUGAR off the charts.

      Or government as 1000 agencies watching over us and this one is forgotten

      May 7, 2012 at 17:25 | Report abuse |
  15. Larry of Boston

    Flat tax - everyone pays 15% – no exemptions – no deductions

    FAT Tax - we weight everyone once YEAr and you pay $5 for every pound you are over your ideal weight.

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

      Good thing we do not TAX THE STUPID........If we would........Poor Larry his tax bill would extreme.........

      May 7, 2012 at 17:53 | Report abuse |
  16. denroy

    any chance we can work race and politics into this thread?

    May 7, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Areacode612

    Honestly, I'm a big guy. I'm in good shape, and I am healthy. There is a difference. When I think back at times I've visited hospitals to see friends, I didn't see a bunch of fat slobs hanging out. Most of the patients were average sized. Not sure why people exaggerate from behind their pc's.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • chicago7

      I'd be willing to bet that the majority of people typing "We Hate the Fatties!" messages here are actually self-hating fatties.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:33 | Report abuse |
    • Tom of Maine

      Dude, your hospitals are full of non-obese people because you live in Minnesota. Try Mississippi, where one in four people is clinically not just overweight, but obese. You don't see anyone BUT fat people in hospitals. Wanna guess how much of our soaring medical costs are due to lifestyle diseases like diabetes? At least 50%, maybe as much as 70%. Fix how people eat, and presto, no more healthcare crisis.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
  18. Pop Drink culture

    I remember just cutting out all pop drinks dropped my weight by 5 lbs. plus in one month.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • god is my beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeatch!

      diet pop rules man!!!!
      6 litres a day of diet coke pour moi!
      no diet coke=less tax collected=?????

      May 7, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
  19. Otrebogir

    Why do I have to pay (taxes) for the unhealthy habits of others? . I myself struggle with weight but I can controlle it in a healthy way. TAX per overweigh pound !!! for the the overweighed this is the ONLY way they will figure out very quickly they have "the power: to overcome obesity. I don't care if they want ot be OBESE , I don't care if they want ot die younger by THEIR chioices IF they pay for their choices........., thsi is a free country and you can die the way you want . BUT I CARE to pay for their choices ,,That really makes me angry.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. logicalchris

    in unrelated news, the GOP attacks the 1st lady for wanting healthier school lunches.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • honestlytho

      smh. this is sad

      May 7, 2012 at 17:29 | Report abuse |
  21. doc

    It's because we drive everywhere. Here's the dilemma:

    1) You don't like high gas prices because you live far away from your work and you drive everwhere.
    2) Where you live, you have to drive to get to places.
    3) You live in a place where you have to drive everywhere.
    4) Driving makes you fat AND gas price is high.

    Why not live near where you work? Have you considered moving to a city? You can lose weight AND you won't worry about gas prices. I moved to a city and sold my car and I never been happier in my life.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hmmm

      If everyone moved to the city then we would have another problem.

      May 8, 2012 at 01:42 | Report abuse |
  22. eroteme

    How about the beginning of a new slogan: Fat is Beautiful!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Serious

      cause it is not!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:44 | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      Fat bottom girls you make the rocking world go round.

      May 8, 2012 at 01:43 | Report abuse |
  23. jay

    I found that I had high-blood pressure and was determined to start eating better and exercise more. I understood from my doctor that cutting salt intake would help in reducing by blood pressure. I set-up a program that targeted less than 1500 mg of salt per day. I've been on that program for 3 months and lost 20 lbs. I still eat plenty of food and am satisfied, but foods with excessive salt are what is killing us all. Fast foods are convenient, cheap but deadly. Cut the salt and you can cut the weight.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • latuya

      Actually sugar is way worst than salt. Salt only affects people with High Blood preassure. But sugar makes you gain weight, increase the chance of heart attack, diabetes and a whole bunch of other issues.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:37 | Report abuse |
  24. Jeremy

    Fast food and all foods that is low in nutients, high in fat and calories should be subject to taxes the same way alcohol and tobacco are now. Then people can't make an arguement that they eat this garbage because it is cheap. If the food actually costed more than a pack of gum then maybe folks would think about the disgusting things they put in thier bodies. (To make thier bodies look disgusting) Fresh veggies are not expensive. You can get cuts of meat that also are not expensive. The trouble I think is supreme laziness.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • stupid

      they are you fuggin idiot

      May 7, 2012 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I am not sure where you are from but fresh food is WAY more then processed food where I live! A bag of apples is around 5-7 bucks and a box of ding dongs is around 4 bucks! A meal at McDonalds is 5-6 bucks, you CAN NOT make a meal for 2 people for $10-12, it is at least $20 to make a meal for 2 if you are using fresh food and not boxed crap (which is the same as fast food)!!!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
  25. latuya

    And I bet you all 30 million of them say that they have a glandular disoder. Bunch of fat lazy people, it's all about making a little sacrifice and changing your lifestyle a little bit to include exercise and eating food in moderation (healthy foods not sugar loaded drinks and snaks).

    May 7, 2012 at 17:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • janus

      well...i snort cocaine
      i smoke crack
      i drink mucho beer
      and i am as thin as a rail!
      no fat tax for me

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

      I doubt 42% of the population would have the same disorder.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
    • latuya

      I was been sarcastic, glandular disorder is the number one excuse for fatties.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
  26. Areacode612

    Preservatives do play a big role in peoples diets. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people open that box and toss it in the microwave for lunch.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • freezing is the preservative

      Frozen meals are preserved by temperature. Read the back of a Lean Cuisine and you'll see they have no preservatives. Lean Cuisine has got it 100% correct. You can eat tasty, healthy food and the secret is portion control.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
  27. honestlytho

    Let's be honest, we do have a say in what we eat. We all know it, just because you live near a fast food restaurant doesn't mean you have to eat from there. We cannot fully blame anything on the restaurants until you blame yourselves. Basically it's the people who have the say in this country, remember this is a democracy. If you really wanted heathly eating in your area you need to step up and eat healthy. Support your local farmers markets, this may suprise you but that is one of the best sources for healthy eating. My theory is the economy will also go up if you continue generating money in your area.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. janus

    fat tax?
    how about a large p e n i s tax!?!?!?!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • god is my beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeatch!

      i have a 13 inch meat monster between my legs!
      i dont think i would have enough money to pay a large penis tax!!!!!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:35 | Report abuse |
    • other head

      Just because you have one doesn't mean you have to be one. Figure that out if you can spare the blood to your brain.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:51 | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      there would go your entire paycheck.

      May 8, 2012 at 01:46 | Report abuse |
  29. skytag

    I'm always amazed when I see fat kids. Hard to believe parents let that happen.

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

      Just look at the parents and you'll see why the kids are fat.

      May 8, 2012 at 01:47 | Report abuse |
  30. oneforall77

    Gosh it's so obvious and it's hitting everyone in the face, they can't see it. The Country has put profit before health. Major food companies have fed the political system and media since the 50's when a t.v. was in every household. You talk about choice, what choice? How many health food stores do you see on every corner? How many vegetables and fruits do you find without pesticides or meat without growth hormones or corn without gmo's, I could go on and on. And yes, the big fast food chains put addictive substances into the food, usually simple sugars will do it, to get people coming back for more. We live in a society where both parents work, no one has time to cook and they eat out, usually garbage. Choice? If we had so much choice then why don't the big food chains put out healthy foods that are non addictive and aid our health? Because then they wouldn't make as much MONEY. No choice = sick people, addicted people, people coming back for more, people making companies huge profits, people helping these companies stay in business, people getting depressed because they know it's not good for them. But hey a little more advertising, a little more encouragement to spend money on garbage, a little more drugs from the family Doctor and the nightmare goes away for a little while, until tomorrow. People stop buying from these food companies, stop drinking high calorie addictive sodas, stop shopping at drug stores and try and search out a local vegetable market, or use your gas to find a health food store, but please stop advancing their profits over your own health, stop watching commercials (sorry CNN) and get to the gym. Dare to NOT buy from these huge fast food merchants, and huge cheap food markets. Only then can things change in this Country, they'll have no CHOICE but to treat us all with some respect and produce GOOD HEALTHY CLEAN FOOD!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • GMOs are pro-environment

      Uhhh GMOs are crops that are engineered to (1) not need any pesticides, (2) fix their own nitrogen so no need for fertilizer or (3) be drought tolerant so farmers don't have to drain the aquifers. Please do some reading before you bad-mouth the very technology that delivers what you want: pesticide, fertilizer-free crops that are high-yielding and don't ruin the environment. Get a clue.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:55 | Report abuse |
    • just wow

      I totally agree with onforall–and the reply about GMOs actually being good for the environment? Absolute joke.
      It's proven that it over time robs the soil–so you might get a few really good years and then after the poisons
      you say saves the environment integrates into the soil you are left with soil that is so bad is grows almost nothing.
      I don't know where you are getting your info. but you are way wrong on that one.

      May 7, 2012 at 20:15 | Report abuse |
    • mom

      Umm....GMO's are not pesticide-free – that's a myth! True, farmers don't have to apply as much pesticide to the soil or crops = the pesticides are engineered right into the DNA of the seeds. They have done studies that show new mothers who drink a lot of soy milk (all made from GMO soy) have toxic pesticides in their breast milk. Read this: http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/how-to-avoid-gmos

      May 7, 2012 at 20:45 | Report abuse |
  31. Roger

    Owwwww. Now that is Phat!!!!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. tbone

    The article defines "severe obesity" but not "obesity". Come on guys, do your job as journalists!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • GWB is the single worst national leader in the history of mankind

      obesity is when u need a mirror to find ur d_y_c_ k to j___e___r___k off

      May 7, 2012 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
  33. jw

    You'd be surprised what is defined as obese...not just the 3 foot wide grossly overwieght.... just being round can fall into that catagory. all you people need to just mind your own business. The argument that you have to pay for everything is just whiney liberalism. You have to pay no matter what...if it wasn't fat people it would be alcohol abuse, or smoking or fast driving or not sleeping enough or watching the wrong tv shows or going to the wrong church or attached to the wrong sex or spitting in public or scratching you a s s.......living in a communal society means a certain amount of contribution is made to support others. get over it. IF you can't deal with it go live in a desert by yourself. Again, MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS

    May 7, 2012 at 17:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      No what sucks is people being stupid and people making lots of money off of really bad food, some of which is questionable to even consider real food. Kids perform MUCH better when fed well, as do workers. It is nothing short of stupid as a nation to continue down this road, and it has an impact on more than the individual doing the consuming. The situation is made worse by the fact that our schools essentially train kids to eat horribly and that health (eating is a health issue) can so easily be marketed against by big corporations.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • jw

      And once you eliminate obese people..who will be next that falls outside the norm....will we all end up looking like ken and barbie?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • jewelreef

      To totally commend your response. After reading some of these posts, I would be amazed if someone who was overweight did not run for something to eat after reading these posts. So many are completly hateful and ignorant. When dealing with people who are overweight, there are many things to consider. This is just a short list...1) what were they taught to eat as children 2) economics – what can they afford 3) depression – After reading many of these posts...it does not inspire anyone to go work on themselves and 4) family size – Show me a single size of non processed food in the grocery? It is also true that the BMI index that rates if someone is overweight does not truly apply to everyone. If one person has a larger muscle structure or skeleton, they are rated as overweight where another person would not be rated the same. People who are overweight need encouragement, not hate. It is amazing what people will write when there is no accountability. Would you say these same types of things to your mother, father, brother or sister is they were overweight? I know I wouldn't....

      May 7, 2012 at 18:23 | Report abuse |
  34. DyeDiet

    Simple DIET tip for all of US: WE NEED TO EAT at least twice LESS than we used to eat.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BaltoPaul

      Math are hard.

      May 7, 2012 at 19:16 | Report abuse |
  35. Just Sayin'

    There is a long list of people who stand to profit from the status quo: food industry, pharmaceutical industry.... They are creating in kids today a generation that will be dependent on a wide range of pharmaceuticals and as they are dependent (physically and psychologically addicted) on processed foods that exacerbate the problem, it is not going away anytime soon.

    Parents today never learned to cook from scratch without opening boxes and cans of processed garbage. They were raised thinking it was ok to eat candy for breakfast and drink candy and fruit juices all day instead of water. They were taught that there is always a dessert with every meal. Why should it be a surprise that their children are fatter than ever?

    May 7, 2012 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • responsibility

      Parents choose what their kids eat, not corporations. Do not try to shift responsibility from those who bear it. Adults choose what they eat and they choose for their children. Change starts with each and every one of us. Make better choices.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
    • Just Sayin'

      Parents choose what their kids eat, but when things on the shelf are deceptively labeled as "healthy" it requires a little more discernment than many are capable of.

      This is the situation that has been created. A product can have 37 ingredients, most of which are unpronounceable by everyday people who are not in the food industry or the sciences but because it incorporates a little flax or a little "whole grain" it is pitched as healthful in spite of the high fructose corn syrup, trans fat and cheap soy fillers. Foods marketed directly to children are among the worst offenders. The only way to eat well is to learn to cook and for the most part stay out of the center aisles at the grocery store.

      May 7, 2012 at 19:24 | Report abuse |
  36. Roger

    BUY-N-LARGE. Nuf said.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Lou Cypher

    I don't mind, I luv fat chix !

    May 7, 2012 at 17:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • god is my beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeatch!

      fat sk$nks rule!
      give them a few donuts, a beer and they will do anything for yu in the sack!
      i once give three morbidly obese tr#mps a box of donuts, some hohos and pop....
      all three were naked and doing each other all night!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:38 | Report abuse |
  38. madrigal77

    Just make it so fat people aren't allowed to buy crap without a permit. No one got to 300lbs eating bananas and celery. If some fatty comes up the the till with 5 rotisserie chickens, the cashier should be obligated to say "I don't think so, fatty!!" and point them in the direction of the celery.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      LMFAO...funniest comment ever!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:59 | Report abuse |
  39. Charlie

    Living proof that we need to cut back on food stamps.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ZoeyJ

      and increase funds for mental health services......you are living proof.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Better direct what they can buy. Limit the amount of meat, limit any snack foods, bump up fruits and vegetables. And somebody find a way to make fresh food the norm in every neighborhood.

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

    As a slim person I am SHOCKED and ASHAMED at the CRUEL ignorance of other slim people and their mindless posts on here..............
    With the current economy, stress, food costs, etc it is MUCH CHEAPER to buy "junk food" – fruits and veggies are not cheap- if you are living on a limited income, then the starchy foods fill you up, starchy foods are cheap and sadly a "COMFORT" food.
    An example..........fresh fruit salad is $4.50 for a small bowl............and 6 cupcakes is $3.00.........lastly when you are counting every penny......which do you buy???
    It is very easy to judge and give advice to others, but we all have our "SINS" be it food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, sex, etc.......so SKINNY PEOPLE........you may have an addiction yourself even if it isn't seen at your waist.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jw

      Thank you ZoeyJ...The level of intollerance is deafining

      May 7, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
    • makesnosense

      Yeah, that's right....we're all addicted. Let's not take any responsibility for being fat and not controlling ourselves and what goes in our mouth, let's justify it by saying everybody around us has an addiction, so it's okay if I'm fat and just keep on getting fatter. And your example is a poor one at best...fresh fruit salad may be $4.50, but fresh fruit is not. We'll use your $3.00 for your six cupcakes as an example - you can easily get three to four pounds of fresh fruit or vegetables for that. I live in proximity to four grocery stores within five miles of my house. During any given week one/two/all of them have apples/carrots/bananas/grapes/green beans/corn/brussel sprouts/lettuce (get where I'm going?) on sale for anywhere between .57 and .99 a pound. Take your $3.00, skip the fat filled cup cakes and buy the fruits and vegetables.

      Excuses, excuses, excuses....put down the cupcake, pick up the apple and make a change. You'd be surprised what may happen if you stop making excuses and make a simple change.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
    • Dungy

      Since when is sex a sin? I screw my wife 7 days a week, and I've never felt better for my trouble.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
    • Dungy

      And it sure helps keep us thin. 😛

      May 7, 2012 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
    • Trebec

      ZoeyJ is fat and poor and is uninformed (which is the WORST). PB&J on whole grain or wheat bread is ridiculously cheap, add some carrots, or an apple and a glass of milk and you have a complete meal, for less than like 5 bucks. there are so many good cheap foods that are HEALTHY.But keep living fat, and sorry for urself and the world that is making you fat.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
    • responsibility

      Zoey, as someone who subsisted (and I mean subsisted) on a living wage for several years, the worst consumer choice anyone on a fixed income can make is to buy pre-packaged food like the small cup of fruit salad you mentioned. Buy everything unprocessed in bulk and make a big batch of something and save aliquots of it. I lived very healthy this way and if you look at recent immigrants who are dirt poor, they all cook fresh, healthy food they bought unprocessed in bulk from oriental markets and similar places. Yes, EFFORT in cooking and buing in bulk makes up for less money. Buying chips and cupcakes because they are cheap compared with healthier pre-packaged foods is a total cop-out on consumer responsibility.

      May 7, 2012 at 18:05 | Report abuse |
    • More butter please!!!

      Eat whatever the hell you want. ... Just take the stairs from time to time.

      May 7, 2012 at 19:06 | Report abuse |
  41. Amarillo Slim

    This is exactly what our leaders and the 1% want. A fat, lazy lower class that is hypnotized by their TV and the "American Dream". The will continue to push their agendas and get richer knowing there is little to no chance of resistance.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      You got your tin foil hat on right? OK good you will be ok then!

      May 7, 2012 at 18:03 | Report abuse |
    • Amarillo Slim

      Sadly, this is less of a "conspiracy theory" and more a reality based on actual facts. Throughout history many cultures have gone through a very similar divide in classes and the results are essentially the same: Revolution. The people that control this country directly and indirectly (banks, agriculture, big pharma, insurance, etc.) know this. It's not about a some massive conspiracy, it's about them looking out for themselves and wanting to make sure that they stay in control. Look at the policies our country has on food, pharma, health insurance and the like. It's all designed to keep them in control.

      May 7, 2012 at 18:52 | Report abuse |
  42. nelson

    Just think how many more fat people there will be with our socialist president in for another 4 years. He can take from the "wealthy" for only so long. As Margaret Thatcher said "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money to spend."

    May 7, 2012 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
    • stateschool

      I'll bet you think the Great Recession started during Obama's presidency too.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:42 | Report abuse |
    • ZoeyJ

      NELSON = DUMB

      May 7, 2012 at 17:42 | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Agreed Nelson...problem is, you are on a very liberal site so most the people here are brain washed by the smooth talking POTUS! At least he is good at one thing! He will be a great motivational speaker after he is president!

      May 7, 2012 at 18:07 | Report abuse |
    • More butter please!!!

      Are you actually suggesting that America's obesity epidemic was caused by President Obama? ... Wow. You do know that he has only been in office since 2008, right? Most of the people we are talking about have been fat for more than 4 years ...

      May 7, 2012 at 19:08 | Report abuse |
  43. Bremen

    By the year 2030 the average life span of obese people in America will be 110 year old. As more people get fat, and get fat obese related diseases, the more money will be spent on research. We are gonna see some really fat slobs that live to be really, really old.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Cyle

    Double Cheeseburger – $1.30 = 450 Calories
    Grilled Chicken Salad – $5.95 = 190 Calories

    any guesses why poor americans are getting fat?

    May 7, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ZoeyJ

      THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 7, 2012 at 17:43 | Report abuse |
    • stateschool

      Maybe the problem is that they're ordering off the McPinkslime menu to begin with.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:43 | Report abuse |
    • Runes77

      Exactly. Pretty much a no-brainer. As long as Fast Food restaurants congregate in low socioeconomic areas, the obesity rate will rise.

      May 7, 2012 at 17:44 | Report abuse |
    • More butter please!!!

      Still no excuse. ... Get outside and go play. Take stairs. Ride your bike to work. Do your own yardwork. Instead of criticizing skinny people, actually follow along with one of those workout programs in the morning. Eat WHATEVER you want, just be aware of the equation. Calories in means that they have to go somewhere. They can either be turned into energy for you to play catch with your dog, or they can be turned into fat rolls so that your gut can play catch with your knees.

      May 7, 2012 at 19:11 | Report abuse |
    • BaltoPaul

      "any guesses why poor americans are getting fat?"

      Because they're too lazy to cook their own food or pack a lunch, and eat out all the time?

      May 7, 2012 at 19:18 | Report abuse |
  45. Mikeydaman

    A tad off the subject but related – and this is something I can't help but wondering – what the ____ is the phrase "real women have curves" supposed to mean? I've known lots of women, some of which are obese, many average, and some could be fitness models. EVERY one of them has curves (although the obese seem to have curves AND THEN SOME). So is this suppose to mean that if you don't have curves AND THEN SOME, that you're somehow NOT REAL? Seems to me that this phrase is nothing more than something designed to help the obese women supposedly feel better about themselves – but seriously, I think they'd feel better about themselves if they started changing their approach to food and fitness. That's my 2 cents....

    May 7, 2012 at 17:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ArranWebb

      When you say you "knew them" does that mean you had intimate relations with them? Are the curves you are talking about curves you have felt up and down. And covered in oil and other things. Or are they the curves you just seen through clothing? Sisterly and motherly curves. It is like real men have goatee beards. Are those men pretending to be a goat? Do you have men friends who pretend to be goat?

      May 7, 2012 at 17:46 | Report abuse |
    • Trebec

      i think he's talking about, like when a cat stretches, it arches it's back. sometimes yawns.

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

    There are so many factors at work in this epidemic. First of all, yes the responsibilities of the individual is the biggest factor. But the government (giving subsidies to corn) has a role, the fast food industry (related to availability of CHEAP CORN and CORN SUGAR, made available from the corn subsidies), the lobbyists who the bribe the politicians to pass laws that promote BAD eating. There's more and more junk in the supermarket, less whole foods, and more science lab created stuff.

    What's going on is simply the food industry finds that it makes more money by creating food to sell (dehydrating, salting, refining, crazy ingredients all to make it cheaper/taste better [not healthier]) instead of making food to be eaten. And the government is going along with it, and WE JUST DON'T CARE!

    May 7, 2012 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. dscon

    i think we need to worry 'bout other stuff............
    like, assteroids?

    May 7, 2012 at 17:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. ArranWebb

    Healthcare us running the country into the ground. There are too many people getting healthcare without being part of the payment process – medicare, medicaid, and compulsory insured through employment. All these people – which is a lot – have little correlation between the cost of the premium, the payment of the premium and the service they get. The consumer of healthcare has to be put back in the accounting chain – that is free market process that is the only thing that will lower costs.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. jw

    Apparently since it's not vogue to bad mouth various races, ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation or age..it's open season on fat folks for those that need to complain about a particular group of god's creatures...The most oppressed group is a fat white man under 40

    May 7, 2012 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ZoeyJ

      I hope the news media never reports on the ignorance, lack of compassion, greed, hate and aggression of AMERICA.......I am sure the percentage would be higher than 42%

      May 7, 2012 at 17:47 | Report abuse |
    • jw

      You are all lifestyle nazi's. Society has brainwashed you to believe fat is ugly (which I can't argue with having been brainwashed as well), but if a lifestyle choice resulted in the same outcome as being obese but everyone looked pretty,,,you all would pick up a different torch to carry.....

      May 7, 2012 at 17:50 | Report abuse |
  50. independent4sure

    47 Million on food stamps has nothing what so ever to do with it.

    May 7, 2012 at 17:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ZoeyJ

      GREED is the issue, all the food recalls, more processed foods, increase the volume for less, etc.............ONLY IN AMERICA

      May 7, 2012 at 17:49 | Report abuse |
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