Friday, November 30, 2007

American Obesity Leveling Off? . . .

According to the ALWAYS reliable and never-using-science-to-meet-political-needs CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and a recent report from the group, American obesity has flatlined. Yep. It's true. Only (that was sarcasm) 35% of American women and 33% of American men are considered to be obese today. Flatlines for both genders.

According to a New York Times article on the report, and my own cynicism, that statistic is not much to celebrate. That we are not getting fatter is a huge thing (I would like to think that by a year from now myself and, over time, my fellow GBers will no longer be considered "obese" and I can help start dropping the obese percentage in America (smile)) but that a third of all men and more than a third of all women are considered obese in this country is not something to shout from the roof tops.

For now though - we'll focus on the positive - that the trend of getting fatter has stalled, at least according to the always reliable and never-using-science-to-meet-political-needs CDC!

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