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posted by July 19 at 8:35 AMon
Just posting a link to this story will bring charges of fatphobia… but here goes:
If people keep gaining weight at the current rate, fat will be the norm by 2015, with 75 percent of U.S. adults overweight and 41 percent obese, U.S. researchers predicted on Wednesday.
A team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore examined 20 studies published in journals and looked at national surveys of weight and behavior for their analysis, published in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews.
“Obesity is a public health crisis. If the rate of obesity and overweight continues at this pace, by 2015, 75 percent of adults and nearly 24 percent of U.S. children and adolescents will be overweight or obese,” Dr. Youfa Wang, who led the study, said in a statement.
I don’t have a problem with large people. I fully expect to be, as most of my biological family is, large-ish myself one day. I do, however, have a problem with large people that see any acknowledgment of the health risks of obesity—diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers—as tantamount to anti-fat bigotry. Big people shouldn’t be discriminated against, of course, anymore than gay people should or left-handed people. (And, yes, I’m willing to acknowledge the health risks associated with being gay.) But obesity is unhealthy, period, and anyone that isn’t alarmed about the sea of corn syrup our kids swimming in isn’t paying attention.
Yes, yes: some heavy people are active. But the active obese person, like the three-pack-a-day smoker who lives to be 90, is a lucky exception, not an epidemiologically significant study.