New record for the obesity epidemic

The disastrous epidemic of obesity continues in the US, according to a new report. Four years ago one state had obesity rates over 30%. Now there are twelve states with such enormous problems.

Reuters: Mississippi most obese state, Colorado least

Sadly, overweight people are still getting adviced to just eat less and run more. That is the least effective advice to give according to at least 13 well designed modern trials.

In other words: It will get worse.

5 comments

  1. My home state of Michigan is one of those with an obesity rate of 30%. I was contributing to that awful statistic, but with the aid of a low-carb diet, I have slipped down to the merely over-weight category, and am still losing pounds and inches. The overall situation is a national calamity of the first order. I wrote about it today over at my own blog, saying we need to say no to the high-calorie, high-carb junk-food pushers. The so-called experts don't have a clue. As you say, they keep giving the same ineffective advice.
  2. Funderaren
    You only have to watch an episode of "The Doctors" to see the problem. Sure they say alot of good things. But its still the old fat scared message.
  3. BobT
    Here's one for you. Don't know whether to laugh or cry....
    700-Pound Woman Makes a Career Out of Eating -- a Lot

    By Lisa Johnson Mandell, Posted Jul 7th 2011 @ 6:21AM (From AOL)

    Donna Simpson, a single mom in New Jersey, weighs 700 pounds and is trying to gain an additional 300 pounds so that she can claim and hold the Guinness World Records' title of World's Most Obese Woman. She says that she couldn't do it without the help of her 4-year-old daughter, who shops with her, helps her prepare food, and feeds her so that she can pile on additional pounds.

    How does someone who relies on a 4-year-old and a reinforced scooter to get around make a living? Online, of course. Simpson pays for her $580-to-$750 per week eating habit plus other expenses by, basically, being overweight. She has a website, OfficialDonnaSimpson.com, geared toward "fat admirers," where people pay to see her eat and flaunt her flab.

    She claims that she has 7,000 paying fans, and makes nearly $100,000 annually from the site, according to the Daily Mail. A three-day membership to her site goes for $7.95, and a one-month membership costs $19.95. For that you get to see videos like "Squashing," "Blue Dress" and "Eating a Pie" plus access to more than 270 photos. She believes the record she holds as Heaviest Woman to Give Birth sets her apart from other big women with similar sites.

    Apparently, there are a lot of people out there who enjoy watching Simpson eat. She says that they even send her fattening food like protein shake powder to help her beef up quickly. "It makes people happy, and I'm not harming anyone," she says.

    Except herself: She suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, plus it's very difficult for her to go anywhere. And then there's the example she might be setting for her daughter, Jacqueline, who Simpson claims prefers healthy foods, like salad, and is active in sports.

    You might wonder about the birth of her daughter. It took a team of 30 medical professionals to deliver her during a high-risk Caesarean. She is the daughter of Simpson's former long-term partner, Phillipe Gouamba, from whom she recently split. Simpson told the Daily Mail that she's looking for a new partner to help feed her the 15,000 calories per day she requires, so he can relieve her daughter of those weighty responsibilities.

    Simpson has been married before and also has a 15-year-old son. She says that both her partners loved her largeness, and did their best to contribute to it. Her first husband was a chef who brought her leftovers when he came home late at night, according to Wikipedia. Her next partner, she hopes will be "handsome, slim and at least 10 years younger than me," she told the Daily Mail.

    Don't be surprised to see media-hungry takers who fit those requirements lining up for the position. They might well appreciate the television face-time they could get from a reality show that could be in the works any minute now.

  4. Milton
    We do need to remember that the way we define overweight and obese has changed. This was done, I believe, primarily to artificially increase the numbers in order to create an epidemic that would then be addressed by the government. And of course, they have done so- by promoting more grains and promoting drug use (statins) and advising lower fat and protein intake. In other words, the worse the problem becomes due to their advice, the more they push for us to follow the advice.

    I think it's good to see more people challenging the traditional dietary advice, it's a good way to use these misleading statistics to actually help people, instead of using them to continue to hurt them by feeding them more grains and sugar.

  5. DeniseT
    Eat less fat.
    Eat more bread.
    What could be easier.
    We will all loose weight if we follow the "recommendations"...right?
    Doesn't work? Then we must be doing it wrong. Try harder!

    I watch my co-workers spinning along on their crazy merry-go-round of low-fat dieting and just shake my head. Hopefully they will figure it out before they kill themselves by eating "healthy" and taking drugs (cholesterol) that will kill them for non-existent problems.

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