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  1. fluff

    fluff Monkey Turbo

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    Looks like it's time for a new bad guy:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4501646.stm

    The United States may be the land of the free, but it is also the land of the fat.

    In the spiritual home of the super-sized meal, more than 119 million adults - or 64.5% of the adult population - are either overweight or obese.

    Obesity in the US is linked to 300,000 deaths a year and said to add billions to the country's medical bills.

    And the problem is growing.

    By the time of the next Olympics, doctors predict that three out of four people in the country will have a body mass index of more than 25, the benchmark of corpulence.

    The problem of obesity in schools is described by the US surgeon general as "every bit as threatening to us as is the terrorist threat we face today".
     

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  2. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    The UK is right behind us...
     
  3. fluff

    fluff Monkey Turbo

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    What, so you don't need to give a ****?
     
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    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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  5. fluff

    fluff Monkey Turbo

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    Does he need the wheelbarrow for his belly?
     
  6. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Muffin tops!!!
     
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    LordOpie MOTHER HEN

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    But yeah, obesity is a huge problem.
     
  8. fluff

    fluff Monkey Turbo

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    I've never understood why any man feels the need to give his dick a persona...
     
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    Rumor has it that terrorists like skinny people. So by continuing the trend of obesity, we are fighting terrorism.
     
  10. biggins

    biggins Rump Junkie

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    wow that guy is a big fat tub of crap.
     
  11. MudGrrl

    MudGrrl AAAAH! Monkeys stole my math!

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    'cause terrorists stick out like a sore thumb on an overcrowded air plane when they are surrounded by the people who have to buy two seats.


    Marshall: Hey, you, the skinny guy......put yer hands up, you know you can't get anywhere surrounded by the McDonald twins.
     
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    Because as every woman needs to point out that we men often think w/ the other head, it does have a personality all of its own despite being attached! But I think it's partly Opie taking it to a new level, as well as you being a bit uptight about some anatomical comedy :D

    Edit: anyone check out Supersize Me and his comment about ribbing smoker vs fat ppl? I think we should stop w/ the PC crap and start ripping on fat ppl just as we do w/ smokers. I mean smokers affect the rest of us via 2nd hand smoke and their drain on the health system resources, the same can be said for fat ppl w/ respect to those resources.
     
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    Hey fatty fatty Mcfat fat! On your way to Arby's for a second brunch? I'll pre-order the lard burger for you. Oh, BTW, you wife called, she's stuck in one of your folds.
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    Your Momma so fat...
     
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    But if 67% of the US is obese, why are only 10 states over 25%? There aren't that many people in D.C....
     
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    ohio The Fresno Kid

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    67% is overweight. Overweight=/=obese.
     
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    Tenchiro Attention K Mart Shoppers

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    Dude, cool it. He is just big boned.
     
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    fixed.
     
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    Obesity is definitely a serious problem, and it’s pretty sad that there are states where obesity is more than ¼ of the population.

    All kidding aside, I would love to know who this dude takes a leak…
     
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    Changleen Paranoid Member

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    He just goes, and cleans up wherever it leaks out.
     
  21. Ciaran

    Ciaran Fear my banana

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    i have a fat friend who has a hanging gut like that dude. One of the grossest things I ever saw was him walking around on a hot day, then lift up the belly flab with one hand and then with the other hand wipe away the sweat that had accumulated in there and then flick it off. :eek:
     
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    Their "Body Mass index over 25" = obesity doesn't take enough into consideration. For example- this year's Heisman Trophy winner, Reggie Bush, is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. This gives him a BMI of 27.1, and I wouldn't call him obese.
     
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    Children are only getting bigger and bigger. The disturbing thing about it is that lower income communities typically have higher than average obesity rates. How can a family, that's barely making a living, find enough time and money to take care of their health?
     
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    It is highly simplistic, but when you consider that 99% of the population doesn't work out as much as Reggie, I think it's pretty safe to say there's a problem.

    It's a good VERY easy way to gauge the overall health of a population, and can be compared country to country, as it will have the same bias against people with a lot of muscle mass anywhere you use it.

    It would be much more accurate to say the following:
    "67% of adults have a BMI of over 25, and are likely to be obese"
    "Two-thirds of American adults are probably obese."
    Saying 67% is obese gives it a false precision.
     
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    ohio The Fresno Kid

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    Only in the US is obesity a sign of poverty and only in the US does it take time and money to be skinny.
     
  27. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    you yourself made this distinction above, but obesity technically is BMI > 30. replace "obese" with "overweight" in your above statements and you're spot on.
     
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    Silver find me a tampon

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    You know, BMI doesn't work well for athletes. It's a quick and dirty way to let the sedentary masses know that they need to get off their asses. Nothing more.

    Your complaint is that the calculation isn't doing something it wasn't designed to do. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm writing Honda to bitch that my Element won't hit 200mph.
     
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    Seems to be true in Australia and England too from my observations.
     
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    Looks like the bible belt need to push away from the table......
     
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    More:

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2005-12-20-unfit-kids_x.htm

     
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    The best thing about the war on obesity is that it's almost impossible to miss 'em.

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    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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    Fat kids are harder to kidnap.
     
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    Not much of a political debate...everyone agrees fat people are fat. Probably not too many fat people on a biking website.

    No wonder kids are fat. I see 4 year olds driving motorized cars around and 8-12 year olds riding scooter around. People need to push their fat kids out the door and tell them to go play kick ball or ride their bikes around.
     
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    you try saying no to seconds of my biscuits and gravy, cornbread, fried green tomatoes or chicken and dumplings. seriously though, the memphis/mississippi area i s gross with overweight and obese people. up until recently there was nothing here supporting any kind of healthy lifestyle. after being named one of the most unhealthy cities something like 5 years in a row, we have started implementing programs to target education towards the prevention of obesity. its hard to convince people that being active is more fun than stuffing their face. :angry:
     
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    I don't get this thread....we've known for years that obesity is a major health problem in the US, and the BBC is just picking up the story now?

    :confused:

    This ain't news to me.
     
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    but weight, there's more: Obese Americans now outweigh the merely overweight
    are they shut-ins? i just don't see them in my daily travails
     
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