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20 Things You Didn't Know About...Obesity

By Jason Stahl
July 24, 2006 | Medicine

 

  1. Obesity producing 3.8 million tons of carbon dioxide.
  2. In the U.S. (population 300 million), there are approximately 61 million obese adults.
  3. In China (population 1.3 billion), there are slightly more than 60 million total obese people.
  4. On average, children weigh about nine pounds more today than in the early 60s, and teens' weight has increased by 12 to 16 pounds.
  5. A recent study showed over 280,000 American children ages 6 and under are too fat to use child-safety seats. Seat manufacturers are starting to make bigger models.
  6. In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration increased its estimation of the average male's weight from 170 to 184 pounds.
  7. To compensate for the extra weight of human, in 2000, airlines spent $275 million on 350 million additional gallons of fuel
  8. Virgin Atlantic paid Barbara Hewson from Wales 13,000 pounds in 2002 as compensation after she was squashed by an obese person sitting next to her on a transatlantic flight.
  9. Hewson suffered a blood clot in her chest, torn leg muscles and acute sciatica. She was bedridden for a month.
  10. Obese people are at elevated risk of acquiring heart disease, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers (colon, rectum, prostate, uterus, cervix, ovary), gallbladder diseases, gout, reproductive problems, and GERD, aka, acid reflux.
  11. 1Over $117 billion a year is spent on obesity healthcare in the United States, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
  12. In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 400,000 yearly deaths were related to obesity.
  13. Eric Oliver, a professor at the University of Chicago, blamed the "obesity mafia"— including federal agencies such as the NIH, CDC, and FDA—for false statistics about obesity.
  14. Soon after its 2004 report, the CDC admitted an error in their math, revising their estimation to 80,000 yearly obesity deaths.
  15. Jon Brower Minnoch, at 1,400 pounds, set the record for the heaviest man ever. He died in Seattle in 1983, at age 42.
  16.  Boston University scientists recently found that one in 10 people carry a common genetic variation that may make it particularly tough for them to keep their weight down.
  17. Two years ago, fast-food chain Hardee's introduced the "Monster Thickburger." Within its two 1/3-pound slabs of Angus beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese, mayonnaise, and buttered sesame-seed bun, it contained 1,420 calories and 107 grams of fat.
  18. Duke University Medical Center found that women and men who lose just 10 percent of their total body weight reported to have significant improvements in their sexual quality of life.
  19. According to a study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, nearly half of the 4,000 people responding to an online survey about obesity said they would give up a year of their life rather than be fat.
  20. Between 15 and 30 percent also said they would rather walk away from their marriage, give up the possibility of having children, be depressed, or become alcoholic rather than be obese.
  21. Five and four percent, respectively, said they would rather lose a limb or be blind than be overweight.

     Courtesy: Medicine | July 24, 2006 |28/7/06

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