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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Apr 14, 2013, 02:55 AM

20. There's a certain amount of hype in the 'obesity epidemic' thing for the following reasons:

 

1. The population is getting older; that means as a matter of course it will get heavier, even if people weighed what they did in the 50s.


2. Official obesity standards have been changed as recently as 1998 to define more people as overweight and obese:

http://books.google.com/books?id=lSZEQEJ-k9kC&pg=PA470&dq=changing+obesity+standards&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bk5qUZ3uEMq5igKrmICoCg&ved=0CEcQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=changing%20obesity%20standards&f=false


3. The average person's image of 'obesity' looks something like this:




But obesity as measured by official standards can look like this:











I myself am dead center in the middle of the 'normal' range and people often say I am 'too thin'. If I added 50 pounds I'd be officially 'obese'.

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