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Comments on Thursday 10 October 2002:
Breaking news, according to TV; Americans are fat. In early 1998, CNN declared Americans fatter than ever and getting even fatter, citing 54% overweight and 22% obesity among adults. Now, late in 2002, Fox News tells us Americans are even fatter than they think they are, citing "nearly two-thirds" overweight, and 31% obesity. "The numbers are pretty shocking", apparently. You think? [08:09]

neowulf
For years our society has attempted to decipher the uprising in obesity in this country. Scientist have even gone as far as to claim it is all genetic.

Of course some aspects of weight are related to genes, but the actual source of the problem is far more obvious than that.

In a land of rolling hills, nearly suffocated by side by side 'fast food' places, is it any wonder this is happening?

In addition to all the fatty meat in a "big mac" you get a daily dose of growth hormones, steriods, chemical boosters, and reconstituted proteins.

Yum-Yum

Yet another reason i exclude meat sources from my diet.

neowulf
I consider myself to be fairly open minded and capible of accepting most anything, but hordes of pillowy latex clad things with cell phones glued to their faces and greasy fast food bag in a free hands... it startles me.

RavenBlack
Mm, it's not the *numbers* that are shocking.

I think the daily exercise Americans get, walking the 20 feet from their bedroom to their garage and back, as well as from their parking space to their desk at work, is plenty. I'm positively shocked that they don't shed weight no matter what they eat, with such an exhausting regime.

C. Copperpot
I'm a lucky one, so far. I'm still rather young, lead a (currently) sedentary lifestyle and eat too much (but well), yet I have an utterly god-like metabolism. Chomp, chomp, chomp!

mvo
Given the fact that the heavier you are, the more energy you burn by walking a daily 20 feet; and given the fact that the day has a finite number of hours in which you can stuff Big Macs into your face; I think the weight is *bound* to reach some equilibrium at some point.

If no sooner, then maybe this would happen at the point in which it becomes too burdensome for the arms to reach the mouth?

Tom
No worries. Australia is working on the problem for our valued ally. Soon, America will be able to shed that annoying title of fattest nation in the world. We're willing to take that title right in the expandable arse for you. No more will Saddam Hussein be able to make those humiliating fat jokes that have the USA so enraged. And peace will reign freely.

Kevan
Overheard in a supermarket today:- "Get the 'light' Pringles, they're good for you."

SpasmodicMonk
England isn't far behind. A quote I read in New Scientist a few weeks back claims that 21% of British people are obese. Odd though, I don't remember actually seeing that many when I was there. Maybe becaues they were inside watching TV?

C. Copperpot
Don't forget to buy the low-fat lard, dear!
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