(Closed) Obesity Statistics – Are They Right?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
  • poll: Do the obesity statistics mesh with what you see around you?
    Yes : (79 votes)
    63 %
    No : (11 votes)
    9 %
    No, but I know why not. : (6 votes)
    5 %
    Down with BMI! : (19 votes)
    15 %
    Who cares? Let's think about something happier--like puppies! : (10 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Hey I don’t doubt it. I think that in the last few years society has gotten to a place where it’s okay to be overweight and people even rationalize being overweight by saying they have curves and things like real women have curves. Well real women have heart disease and being overweight or obese don’t help that, they hurt. Out of all of the people I know, I would agree that the majority of them are at the very least a little bit overweight.

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    According to my BMI I’m obese, but I wear a size 6 which I seriously don’t think is obese…. so I don’t think BMI is the best way to determine. 

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Hmm good question! I think obesity rates are climbing at an unbelievably scary rate but I don’t think that BMI is an accurate way to make a picture of someone’s health. I don’t know who came up with BMI but honestly I don’t even pay attention to it because it doesn’t work for me. I am actually overweight right now but even when I was very lean, healthy and running triathlons my BMI still told me I was overweight. So honestly I don’t even use BMI to measure someone’s health. I would use their health to measure their health lol. 

    To the 3 in 4 people thing, I would say for me, it’s more like 1 in 4. I would say 1 in 4 of people around me are overweight or obese. I think it has a lot to do with where you live as well. It’s going to be different in Denver, CO compared to Daphne, AL ya know?

    Post # 7
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    No, I don’t see it around where I live – I was actually just discussing this with Darling Husband this morning. We see overweight people but usually just 30 pounds overweight maybe? We live near the water and there are a lot of biking/running trails around so that might be the reason why. A lot of socializing goes on in our area around activities, like hiking. So sometimes we just assume that obesity rates are going down lately.

     

    Post # 8
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012 - The Old Field Club

    I think that I have become so used to overweight people, that they no longer look overweight to me.  Like I will look at someone and think they are chunky, then learn their weight (I am a medical student so I have weights in the charts) and sometimes I can’t believe how low my guesses are.  So yes, I do think most people around me are overweight or obese, but I am so desensitized to it that I don’t notice as often.

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @Lemma: Oh I agree with you that real healthy women do have curves as well as come in all shapes and sizes. What I was saying is that more and more people justify being overweight or obese by saying things like they have curves or there’s more of them to love. I don’t think society should be accepting of that. Its not healthy to be obese no matter what.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee

    @MissBoPeep: Huh? I think it’s very hard to be obese at size 6. I think maybe your BMI would say that you are ‘overweight’ but not obese. Anyhow, I live in NYC and I don’t see a lot of obese people but a part of me feels that maybe those who are obese (or morbidly obese, which I don’t understand. When does that line get crossed from obese to morbid??) are not usually walking around or on the subways etc. My family lives in TX and I have noticed more obese people there. But not enough for a 1 in 3 though. I’ve been hearing these stats for a while but real life doesn’t bear it out for me. Honestly? I don’t know what obese really is because some folks are just bigger than normal but I wouldn’t call them obese. Overweight maybe??

    ETA: Please, I’ve seen threads like these devolve into drama. Can we just answer the questions asked? If we believe the stats and also, if those stats bear out in real life.

     

    Post # 11
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Lemma: Yeah I just think people’s bodies are so different that we cant just label them all the same way.  I think the best way to get a picture of one’s health is to go to the doctor and have a health screening. Is your blood pressure/heart rate under control? Is your body fat % at a healthy rate? Those kind of things. 

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lemma: I’m 5’2″ and 165 lbs (please don’t tell! Embarassed lol) so I’m heavy but I’m not big. I’ve always been heavy, I used to wear a size 2 and I was still overweight according to my BMI.

    Post # 13
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    133 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Someone could be “obese” and still be considered very healthy.. NO health problems other than weight.. AND some people have diseases that prevent them from losing weight. OR they’re put on medicine that has caused them to gain weight and they’re unable to get it off. Yes, people can get sick by being obese but there’s a lot more to being “Obese” then just being “lazy” and “eating a lot” Is that the case in some instances? Yes. But Not always.. and its a sterotype.. And really its nobody’s concern if someone is over weight other than that person.

    Post # 14
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @bRooklynRocks: According to a BMI calculator my BMI is 30.2 which is considered obese, barely, but it crossed the line from overweight to obese.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    Who cares!?!  I think we should worry more about how much time/effort goes into our jobs vs our families!  I think we should worry more about how to end poverty in our lifetime!  Or educating children better!

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