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El Pinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-29-08 10:30 PM
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7. Most Americans are overweight.
Statistically, the number is over 60%. Our culture has become increasingly accepting of a certain amount of overweight as a person gets older.

An example would be Laura Bush, who is probably 20 lbs overweight, but is seen as "average" because so many women her age are SERIOUSLY ovrweight.

BMI is a reasonable indicator for about 75% of the population who don't have an extreme build one way or the other, or a huge amount of muscle mass.

That being said, I don't think the amount of extra weight Laura bush carries around is a real health risk. She looks fine and seems comfortable with it, so it's no biggie, but it's probably not the OPTIMUM weight for her.

But an extra 50, 70, 100 lbs? Now you are talking about much more serious health risks, high cholesetol and triglycerides, side effects like GERD and ankle pain.

I've been 100 lbs overweight and it was not a good place to be.
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