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Originally posted by AnIntellectualRedneck
The problem with these numbers is that you can't go by absolutes. The cost of living in the South is much lower than the Northeast, so the numbers are deceiving. I can make 10 bucks an hour in SC and do very well for myself, whereas 10 bucks an hour is practically minimum wage in many places.
Originally posted by Ariess
Define obesity. While obesity means too much body fat it is often measured by BMI which uses a persons height and weight to estimate body fat. Specifically you multiply your weight by 703, divide that by your height in inches and divide that by your height in inches again. I am 6' tall and I weigh 225 pounds. 225*703=158175 158175/72=2196.875 30.51 A BMI of 30-39.9 is classified as obese. It doesn't matter if I'm fit with a muscular build. Although, I admit I do eat a lot.
Anyways, yes there does seem to be a bit more people who have a bit too much fat then their ought to be. To counter your point though, I think its actually a sign of success. The problem is people are taking in too many calories and having no apparent need to physically exert themselves. To be able to stuff yourself and laze around you have to have most of your needs successfully covered. Although, some people don't get fat because of that. Genetics and health problems can contribute. Hmm...