a reply to: mclarenmp4
Thank you for recognizing my point. You speak of an obesity crises. I don't believe there is one. My belief is based on the following facts.
1. obesity statistics are based on BMI which do NOT take into account the percentage of fat, bone, muscle and blood in an individuals body. BMIT is
a meaningless equation when it comes to evaluating any health risk. Atheletes are often classed obese when they actually have low fat percentages in
their bodies and are very healthy.
2. The classifications of BMI that represent normal weight, overwieght and obese was altered in 1998
Under the new guidelines, 97 million adults -- nearly 55 percent of the U.S. population -- would be considered overweight, placing them at increased
risk of such health problems as diabetes, elevated blood cholesterol, heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
The same approach was used to classify who has normal blood sugar and who is a diabetic
Now I won't discuss or argue on whether or not the changes were needed. It does however, create an instant "epidemic" of obesity and diabetes, now
3. You can't compare current obesity statistics with those from 50 years ago when the diagnostic criteria has been changed. Stating that obesity
and diabetes are increasing is really comparing apples to oranges, without letting anyone know what you are doing. Further, people have grown 3 or 4
inches taller in the last 50 years due to better nutrition. They should weigh more!
Remember, this is happening at a time when the public health influence is waning. By the late 1990s, communicable diseases are generally controlled
by better water and food sanitation and vaccines. Public health did such a good job that they were starting to put themselves out of business.
With the change in BMI and diabetes criteria, public health now has a whole new way of changing their attention from public health to private health.
No public debate on the "mission creep" that is occurring. Just an authoritarian new body whose job is now to lobby government for new laws.
Tobacco was the first but obesity was the second. And boy did they get a lot of funding.
Government never met of means of extending their control of the population that they didn't like, now did they?
4. The presence of out and out propaganda
Read this article on the new study published in Lancet about how 1/3 of the worlds population is now obese.
The obesity epidemic is global: 2.1 billion people, or about 29% of the world's population, were either overweight or obese in 2013, and nearly two
out of three of the obese live in developing countries, according to a study released Thursday.
Notice how the statistics were collected from 1980 to 2013. Look at the graph carefully and notice that the biggest jump in obesity occurred starting
from 1998 to 2013. Notice how it doesn't mention the change in BMI classification in 1998?
Further, notice how it is impossible to tell how many people are obese with true risks to health and how many are merely 10 to 20 pounds overwieght
with almost no perceptible risk to health. Do you believe that the health risks are the same for a person who is 5 lbs overwieght compared to someone
who is 50 lbs overwieght?
This is a link to the actual study published in the Lancet
Read the findings section:
Since 2006, the increase in adult obesity in developed countries has slowed down.
Didn't read that in the article, now did you?
5. Notice how, in general, public health is screaming about child obesity and how it is a crisis that must be tackled immediately
When somebody starts screaming "won't someone think of the children", I smell a scam
Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first
broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke.
This isn't about health at all. This is all about teaching us to 'obey our betters"
Tired of Control Freaks