Shocking Stats

@nanette64 (17612)
Fairfield, Texas
June 13, 2017 9:40am CST
Something within human control so out-of-hand that it's ridiculous. Obesity. Obesity has doubled since the 1980's in 73 countries. Egypt in 2015 led the pack with 35% adults. 12% of all adults (603.7 million) and 5% children (107.7 million) globally are obese. Of course the USA is in the lead with 2/3 of Americans and the most distressing part is 13% of all kids in the US are obese. We need to change the name from Americans to Butterballs. It's one thing to be a 'little' overweight; it's quite another to be a 'rollie-pollie'. The main problem is too easy access to fast food restaurants and no exercise. The cure? Quit eating out and cook at home. Get the kids off the electronic devices and outside to play (parents included). Quit "wolfing" down the food. Take the time to chew it. It takes your brain 30 minutes to realize food is hitting the stomach. You'll eat a heck of a lot less by doing that. I know this post may sound mean to some, but this condition (obesity) can be stopped. Use a little common sense and maybe there won't be so many: heart attacks, gerd, cancer, HBP, cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 Diabetes........
More than 12 percent of the world's adults are obese and a third of the global population is overweight, a new study finds.
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@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
13 Jun 17
Too much processed food, people drink soda while they eat and this is a lot of sugar intake. I have seen that North Korea is the country where there are the least obese people. I think that the only one obese is their crazy dictator, all the others have not enough to eat.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
You got that right @LadyDuck (Kim Jung Un) . What gets me too is that Save the Children try to feed the hungry kids on this planet and yet hundreds die every day.
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@LadyDuck (157635)
• Switzerland
13 Jun 17
@nanette64 The commercialized countries throw millions of tons of food every day and in some countries people die for starving. It is insane.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
@LadyDuck And what makes me mad is that the restaurants are told that the food has to go into the trash; that it can't be given to the homeless or to shelters. When I owned a restaurant, every night, I took food to shelters. I didn't give a damn that I could be fined.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
13 Jun 17
That is great advice, especially getting the kids outside. No here, though, it's supposed to hit 116 by Thursday. We play inside and have mats so my granddaughter can do somersaults and the like. It's also hard to eat well when you don't have much money. A box of macaroni and cheese is much cheaper than chicken and vegetables. I have $10 to last the rest of the month and thank goodness we have healthy food for my granddaughter but her mom and I are going to have to make do with the cheapest things we can get. I do have vegetables in the freezer and some canned refried beans and a little frozen meat but when that's gone we'll probably buy those $1 frozen dinners till we get some more money. I'm just glad I had a bit of food put by. The main reason for obesity besides inactivity is the high price of healthy foods and the low prices of unhealthy foods. At least, that's my opinion and personal experience.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
I agree with you all the way @dragon54u . Healthy foods should be cheaper because there's not so much crap in it. When my social worker said I would be getting $16 in food stamps, I told her, "Thank you so much for the box of cereal, gallon of milk and loaf of bread." "Now what do I eat for the other 2 weeks of the month."
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
13 Jun 17
@nanette64 LOL! I do not understand those people. My son is a heroin addict and his girlfriend is 9 months pregnant. They went to apply for SNAP (food stamps' new fancy name) and they gave him, an addict with no job, $194 a month and only gave his GF $94. The addict is apparently more worth supporting than a pregnant woman. Go figure.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
@dragon54u Oh good lord, no wonder our system is so screwed up.
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@sharon6345 (125888)
• United States
13 Jun 17
I see that and while at the supermarket. I can't imagine that their carts look like they do. Before I changed the way I eat I still never had loads of ice cream and soda in my cart.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
Oh yeah @sharon6345 . Chips, ice cream, desserts, candy, soda, chocolate. Whatever happened to handing a kid a nutrition bar with nuts in it; or just plain walnuts, cashews, peanuts, etc?
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@sharon6345 (125888)
• United States
13 Jun 17
@nanette64 Oh I see kids in stroller with coke and pepsi. How about that one. Yikes. I wonder what is going on around me.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
@sharon6345 Nothing like rotting the kids teeth out early is there! Why do people think soda machines have been banned in a lot of schools.
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
13 Jun 17
Ever watched the TV show "My 600 lbs Life"?
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
Yes I do @marlina and it amazes me that those people are even alive. And if you look at the 'other' family members, they are almost just as bad (including the kids). Wouldn't you think having a family member weighing that much would be some kind of an incentive? I just wish Dr. Nowzarda would tell them that too.
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
13 Jun 17
@nanette64 That is exactly what I am thinking when watching the show and seeing all the other members of the family so big themselves. Also noticed how "lethargic" the husbands are?
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jun 17
@marlina I even wrote to the show telling them what I thought. Never heard back though.
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@rebelann (41356)
• El Paso, Texas
13 Jun 17
The only time over weight in large proportions might be normal is in older folks. The other thing that bugs me about our country is how many people have upteem kinds of diseases, it's sad. A lot of the problem our society has is Stress which is what can be the cause of obesity as well as a large number of diseases ..... now, what is the cure for stress? . . . . . believe it or not, retirement.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jun 17
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@BelleStarr (38288)
• United States
13 Jun 17
It is particularly sad to see so many children grossly overweight, that is entirely the fault of their parents who don't teach them good eating habits and make sure they get lots of healthy exercise.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jun 17
No kidding @BelleStarr and all it takes is one look at the parents. Nothing like setting the example is there.
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@BelleStarr (38288)
• United States
14 Jun 17
@nanette64 example even works on teens my daughter eats clean and her boys are asking to join her
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jun 17
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13 Jun 17
Little or no moving is also causing obesity. Drive in restaurants, drive in movies, online schools, shopping from your couch, virtual games instead running in the park... If people don`t care about how their looks, they should certainly pay attention to their health.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jun 17
You are so right @Alternative4 . And for the women who think being overweight is sexy? Oh please and for the guys who think it is too? Are you kidding me?
15 Jun 17
@nanette64 Well I guess there are kinky appearance preferences too, but it should not be an excuse.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Jun 17
@Alternative4 Especially if it means your health.
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@ptrikha_2 (8285)
• India
30 Jun 17
Yes obesity and related diseases are becoming increasingly worrisome. In India too, we are seeing many more obese people and people having diabetes and Heart attacks(certain conditions make Indians even more vulnerable), High Blood Pressure, and even Fatty Liver etc. So, yes we have to eat more sensibly, do more activity and watch less TV.
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@ptrikha_2 (8285)
• India
1 Jul 17
@nanette64 yes indeed !
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@garymarsh6 (14075)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun 17
Fortunately it is expensive to eat out here in the UK unlike in the states however we are heading the same way. Obesity is at an all time high. Processed foods, fast foods and worse of all those sugar laden fizzy drinks are all to blame. We have followed the USA in some places...all you can eat buffets etc Your post is factual it is an epidemic.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
Sometimes I wonder if it's not the governments' way of bumping off the population @garymarsh6 . Just saying.
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@garymarsh6 (14075)
• United Kingdom
13 Jun 17
@nanette64 Could be!!!!!
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• United States
13 Jun 17
It has gone global Nanette. Indeed. I used to think this was only an American problem but now I am reading more and more countries are suffering this terrible unhealthy condition.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
There's just no common sense being used @TiarasOceanView .
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• United States
13 Jun 17
@nanette64 Yes another thing that seems hard to come by..sense.
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@TheHorse (65876)
• Pleasant Hill, California
22 Jun 17
Yep. People-watching is not as much fun as it used to be.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
23 Jun 17
Especially when most of their body is hanging out of their clothes @TheHorse . Ewwww! Like watching youtube's stints at Walmart. OMG.
@JudyEv (123285)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jun 17
Good advice here. We see more and more obese people as we travel - especially it seems young women who you would think would have more pride than to let themselves become so overweight. If they are overweight in their early twenties they're likely to stay that way and, as you say, the health risks are enormous.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Jun 17
Yup, as you age, the body functions slow down. It's a heck of a lot easier to lose weight at 30 than it is at 50 @JudyEv .
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@Corbin5 (106490)
• United States
13 Jun 17
It is not that people cannot lose weight, it is that they care not to bear the discomfort of doing so. Obesity places a huge strain on the medical system we have here. Long waits for all due to so many who seek treatment for obesity-related disorders. Americans are paying the bills for those who are obese and who do not have the income to pay for their own care.
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
14 Jun 17
You got a good point @Corbin5 .
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@hostessman (9449)
• Tucson, Arizona
13 Jun 17
i agree with you but i don't see any hope because people don't seem to care what they look like now days
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
Boy ain't that the truth @hostessman . Especially some of the women who think it is "sexy" .
@Hate2Iron (7858)
• Canada
13 Jun 17
You are soooo right. I think that portion control should be something to consider too. Just try using smaller plates would be a place to start!!
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@nanette64 (17612)
• Fairfield, Texas
13 Jun 17
Exactly @Hate2Iron . And whereas I think 'buffets' are a good idea because of the variety to choose from, it makes me maddern' hell when I see people going back to the buffet over and over again. And people wonder why they have Acid Reflux? Seriously? There's not enough acid in the stomach to break down that amount of food.
@Tracy04 (10839)
• Malaysia
26 Jun 17
Good post! Would love to read like this from you in the future
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@mandala100 (43562)
• Hong Kong
13 Jun 17
Obesity I think is already an international medical issue.
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@shshiju (10492)
• Cochin, India
13 Jun 17
I think all new the reasons but like to live in the same manner. If we avoid high calories food especially in night there may rapid change.
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@SIMPLYD (79764)
• Philippines
15 Jun 17
I suppose you are in a fit shape, my friend? With the proliferation of fastfoods and the computers which takes us away from physical movements, obesity has soared. Sad but that is one of the mean side effect of those two.