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Old 03-29-07, 05:13 PM   #1
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Obesity: America, read it and weep...

From today's WSJ (they cited the World Health Organization as their source).

Estimated obesity rates for people aged 15 years and older:

U.S.A. 39.2%

U.K. 22.9%

Germany 20.7% (well, if you included Jan, 20.8%)

France 7.2%

China 1.7%

Japan 1.6%

Those are rather startling numbers. But don't blame me. I don't eat solid food now that cycling season is here.
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You forgot...

Tonga Islanders 99%
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Old 03-29-07, 05:18 PM   #3
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Tonga Islanders 99%
Well, when you live on an island there isn't much to do other than eat.
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Well, when you live on an island there isn't much to do other than eat.
That should really make Americans feel better about themselves. Forget the fact that the rate of obesity here is roughly TWENTY TIMES that of the Japanese. Makes you wonder how they lost WWII.
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That should really make Americans feel better about themselves. Forget the fact that the rate of obesity here is roughly TWENTY TIMES that of the Japanese. Makes you wonder how they lost WWII.

We blew them over with a little atomic power.
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That should really make Americans feel better about themselves. Forget the fact that the rate of obesity here is roughly TWENTY TIMES that of the Japanese. Makes you wonder how they lost WWII.
We weren't as fat then?
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We were well fed.
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We weren't as fat then?
Hard to get fat when you're huddled in the jungle in the pouring rain trying not to get trench foot.
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mmm trench foot...nothin' like having part of your foot come off when you pull your boot off.
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That should really make Americans feel better about themselves. Forget the fact that the rate of obesity here is roughly TWENTY TIMES that of the Japanese. Makes you wonder how they lost WWII.
America sent the Fatboy into Nagasaki...go figure what time would tell.
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It's my fault, I'm 75% of the US' 39% - but I'm cutting down on my eating, really, I ate Joisey last night and I think I've got food poisoning.
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It's my fault, I'm 75% of the US' 39% - but I'm cutting down on my eating, really, I ate Joisey last night and I think I've got food poisoning.
You are SUCH a Fred. What would we do without you around here?
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You are SUCH a Fred. What would we do without you around here?
We might get REAL playboy covers.....
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That's disgusting. Don't people take tcare of their body. I mean, it's bad when someone abuses a 50k car and there's paint peeling on the hood and roof after only one year, but to just let your own body become a blob and inefficient piece of flesh and blood. Come on, you take your body with you WHEREVER you go.
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I am actually happy for this news. I hope America gets fatter as well. It makes us cyclists look all the better!!! Think of it this way, in job interviews, meetings etc.., the more fat people, the better you will come across. Nothing better from my own personal financial perspective than the dumbing down and fattening of America.

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Any wonder that they advertise Little Debee snack cakes in NASCAR?

What do you think the obesity % is for NASCAR fan? Or even better, drag racing fan!
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That's disgusting. Don't people take tcare of their body.
Nope...

I recently read a study where they give kids in a Scandinavians country (i forget which) a pedometer, and kids in America a pedometer. I don't remember the results exactly but needless to say the average american child walked several (10,000??) thousand steps less a day then the average from the other country.

It starts from childhood. Schools are cutting funding to extra caricular activities (coupled by the growing demand for college acceptance...some kids probably just don't feel they the time). We live in a very spread out country where driving is often the more practical mode of transportation and of course our food is simply not healthy. I lived in the dorm last year at Iowa that houses all the foreign exchange students, it was embarrassing going to the store with them. They bashed most the stuff on the shelves, and they had every right to. I generally make food from scratch but my roommates this year, for example, buy prepackaged crap that you throw in the microwave and "eat it up".

We aren't very active anymore and we eat like ****. By the time you realize you're fat, you have no motivation to change it. I almost lost it myself, i hit 195 and said "woah there...something has to change". Looking back at it, i was falling down the typical american path and i'm glad i caught it before it really got out of hand.
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You are SUCH a Fred. What would we do without you around here?
You'd have to resort to eating your own.
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Think of it this way, in job interviews, meetings etc.., the more fat people, the better you will come across.
yeah until all the people doing the hiring and at the meetings are fat.

then you'll just look like the abnormal person
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I am actually happy for this news. I hope America gets fatter as well. It makes us cyclists look all the better!!! Think of it this way, in job interviews, meetings etc.., the more fat people, the better you will come across. Nothing better from my own personel financial perspective that the dubming down and fattening of America.
That's not gonna work well when the whole company's fat, the person you're interviewing is fat, the boss is fat... they already do that at some places. I think what I'm rooting for is dumbing down and making people less healthy, not necessairly fat.
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I am actually happy for this news. I hope America gets fatter as well. It makes us cyclists look all the better!!! Think of it this way, in job interviews, meetings etc.., the more fat people, the better you will come across. Nothing better from my own personel financial perspective that the dubming down and fattening of America.
WTF? Why would you want this world to go to ****? Don't you want your kids and grandkids to live in a better world than you do now?

And what satisfaction would it bring you to be the best out of a bunch of losers? Would you feel a sense of pride if you won a gold medal at the Special Olympics?

You might like this movie: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fAYnc_-ddlw
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Were #1,
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Yup,In Ohio we are first in obesity with almost epidemic numbers of diabetics according to World News Report this past winter.
The sad thing is,we have some of the best and longest paved trails and park roads to cycle in the nation.
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I see.
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And what satisfaction would it bring you to be the best out of a bunch of losers? Would you feel a sense of pride if you won a gold medal at the Special Olympics?

haha, mean
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That's disgusting. Don't people take tcare of their body. I mean, it's bad when someone abuses a 50k car and there's paint peeling on the hood and roof after only one year, but to just let your own body become a blob and inefficient piece of flesh and blood. Come on, you take your body with you WHEREVER you go.
I didn't know America produced a car that cost $50k...
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