(Closed) Obesity Statistics – Are They Right?

posted 8 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 # 18
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lemma: Haha I wish I could use that, unfortunately “sturdy French-Canadian build” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it!

    Post # 19
    1119 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I don’t think BMI is a good indicator.

    I do think though, that the statistic is correct. With everything we know about nutrition and healthy lifestyle, I don’t understand why this stat keeps creeping up.

    And I really don’t understand when I see people that are overweight/obese choosing a lifestyle that is detrimental, and then deny that they have weight to lose by using the “curvy” or “real woman” excuse; or blame their unhealthy shape on some exterior factor that they have no control over while not even trying to make some healthy changes…

    I don’t say that in a judgemental way, it’s just that some of the people I love and care the most about are guilty of that and I really worry for them and it drives me crazy that they won’t make healthy choices and that I may lose them too early because of that.

    Post # 20
    1927 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Cheeks923:  I disagree that it’s no one else’s concern if someone is obese.  First of all, any one who loves them, especially children if they have them, will be affected by their obesity.  Not only because of how it limits their lifestyle, but also because it limits their life span.  And to go to a greater scale, it cost a LOT of money to provide health care to the many many overweight and obese people in this country. 

    I think BMI is a really inconsistent way of measuring weather someone is actually overweight.  Right now I’m right on the border line between healthy and overweight… according to my BMI.  But this past weekend I just ran a 10K and I go to the gym pretty much 5 days a week.  So I’m strong and healthy, but my muscle mass adds additional pounds to the scale. 

    I don’t disagree with the statistics though.  I live in TN and there are A LOT of overweight people around here.  Especially the farther out that you get from major cities.  Obesity is a real problem in this country, and the prior poster who said it has become commonplace to explain it away with excuses is absolutely right.


    Post # 22
    1119 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @Moose1209:  “First of all, any one who loves them, especially children if they have them, will be affected by their obesity.  Not only because of how it limits their lifestyle, but also because it limits their life span.”


    Post # 23
    3374 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t really see it where I live, but when I travel to poorer parts of the country every single person seems to be obese. And by obese I mean 100lbs overweight.

    It’s highly dependent on where you live. I live in a big city and walk about 3 miles a day to and from work, I doubt an obese person could do that (or if they did they wouldn’t be obese).

    Post # 25
    14964 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @rubyred605: But it IS worth caring about!  Obesity and its associated health care cost could easily be taking away from other things such as eduation and social welffare.  It’s not just about how someone looks, its about their health.  There are exceptions to the BMI rule, but for the most part, the BMI could be a good guideline. 

    @kate169: 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.   agree 100%! 

    Post # 26
    1561 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I live in CT in an area that is considered the suburbs of NYC.  I don’t see many obese people around here.

    I think health is very important, but I don’t think BMI is a good indicator of health. Genetics play a big role in how our bodies are made up, and someone can be perfectly healthy and active, yet have a higher BMI.  

    Post # 27
    4693 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Lemma: True!  It probably brings to mind different things for different people, it just made me think of my Pepere, and he’s such a little guy!

    Post # 28
    4886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    BMI is dumb, but I do have to admit that our country is chubby for sure.  This was made painfully obvious during a trip to Paris last summer – everyone was slim, yet they were always eating. I just didn’t get it.  Until I realized they were eating really high quality food and not dyed/preserved/science-labbed fake foods like we eat here.  Nothing is fast in Paris either.  Sure they have McDonalds but they take their time and enjoy every meal.  We dined for hours in Paris but shove a #2 in our faces in 5 minutes here in the states.  Interesting.

    Post # 29
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012


    I have done research on the subect, and the evolution of obesity over the years is quite startling! 

    We have also to take in account the way we have grown used to see overweight and obese people. Also note that overweight is different from obese which is different from morbidly obese. 

    It also depends on your area. If you live in New York, you won’t see it as much as in Mississippi for instance. 

    So, I’d say it’s petty accurate, and yes, it IS aproblem.

    I do have to say that in certain instances, BMI does not accuratly portray on’e situation (think Body builders and extremely muscular athletes). 


    Post # 30
    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Sometimes, if I sit down at the mall and look around me, I get very sad.  A lot of people look unhealthy to me.  I don’t have the answer when it comes to the BMI issue.  The weight charts we used when I was a teenager made sense, too.  I don’t remember what was wrong with them that prompted the move to using BMI.


    By The Way, I think clothing sizes should be removed from the conversation.  There is a ridiculous amount of variation between brands and years. Sometimes, I wish women’s brands used waist measurements the way men’s clothes do.  You can play games with a size 6, but you can play games with a garmet labeled as having a 28″ waist.


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    Post # 31
    1119 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @Jeannine @ Small Chic: I agree with the clothing size comment…

    In the past few years, I dropped a pant size without actually losing weight or having my figure change – same for tops… I think the industry just changes the labels so that bigger clothes have a smaller tag and people can feel good about themselves. Clothing size doesn’t mean much.

    Another way of putting our heads in the sand instead of facing the situation.

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