4/14/2007

America's obesity epidemic continues

According to this study, severe obesity has increased 300% in last 5 years in the U.S. The prevalence of overweight has increased by a 25%, obesity has increased by 50%, and severe obesity has increased by 75%. Education and weight-loss surgery have failed to stop the trend.
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However we must not blame all above on fat people's weak will or our poor education efforts. A new DNA analysis of nearly 40,000 white Europeans identified a gene that raises a person's risk of obesity by 30% if he has one copy of the gene, and by 67% if he has two copies. Weight differences linked to the gene appear as early as age of 7.

2 comments:

ironicallyGrace said...

Interesting that there is a genetic component that effects a person's weight so much.

creme brulee said...

Has anyone done a study that compares the rising weights of people and pets over the last 10 - 20 years to the rising amounts of refined sugar in our food supply.

There's sugar in my salt and lemon juice. If I wanted sugar I would have asked for sugar.