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U.S. no longer world’s fattest developed country

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A new report for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization pinpoints Mexico as the world’s fattest developed nation.

32.8% of Mexican adults are considered obese. This counts people aged 20 and older whose body mass index is 30 and above. The United States sits at 31.8 percent of American adults are considered obese.

“Household surveys from Bangladesh, Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique and the Philippines [] find that dietary diversity is strongly associated with household consumption expenditure,” according to the report.

When income correlates with nutrition, it causes a greater chance for malnutrition.

The report focuses largely on malnutrition in the world.

“26% of all children under the age of five are stunted and 31% suffer from vitamin A deficiency, while an estimated  1.4 billion people are overweight, of whom 500 million are obese,” according to the report.

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“Fat Barbie” making reappearance on Pinterest

It’s been 15 years since the rubenesque Ruby made her debut in The Body Shop’s ad campaign directed at teaching women to appreciate their bodies.

Since then rumors have swirled about how Barbie toy maker Matel sent a cease and desist letter to TBS, claiming that Ruby’s plastic body offended Barbie and threatened her sales. Whether or not Matel took TBS to court or even sent the letter has not been investigated into thoroughly.tumblr_m1xo43UZ5l1r7xas6o1_500

However, the image of Ruby has been circulating around Pinterest as of late.

The battle of the bods isn’t a recent phenomenon. It seems that the ideal shape for a woman has fluctuated since the beginning of time.

From the constraining Victorian corset to the skeletal posture of model “Twiggy,” the pressures to fit a mold have always been present. But as we all know, women come in many shapes and sizes.

So where do these pressures come from? A male dominated society that is teaching women they need to be something they aren’t in order to sell products to women they don’t need?

Or is there a legitimate health concern on the horizon- a rising rate of obesity?

I embrace women of every size, but even to me, Ruby seems to be labeled obese, unhealthy.

However, the idea to teach women to be self confident trumps all. In order to be healthy, one must be mentally sound. If she is happy with more meat, then I am happy for her.

What do you think? Are campaign ads like TBS teaching women it’s OK to have unhealthy habits, or is it teaching women self confidence?

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Are we eating ourselves to death?

As a nation, America is one of the wealthiest in the world. Does our greed and money have us eating ourselves to death?

Adult Obesity

  • More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese.
  • The South has the highest obesity prevalence (29.4%) followed by the Midwest (28.7%), Northeast (24.9%) and the West (24.1%).
  • Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest rates of obesity (44.1%) compared with Mexican Americans (39.3%), all Hispanics (37.9%) and non-Hispanic whites (32.6%).
  • Between 1988–1994 and 2007–2008 the prevalence of obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels

Childhood Obesity

  • Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese.
  • Since 1980, obesity prevalence among children and adolescents has almost tripled.
  • There are significant racial and ethnic disparities in obesity prevalence among U.S. children and adolescents. In 2007—2008, Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19 years,were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls.
  • 1 of 7 low-income, preschool-aged children is obese.

Source: CDC

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Disney’s new exhibit accused of “fat shaming”

When you think of a fairy, you probably think of a slender sprite with delicate arms and legs and a thin waist. How else would her wings lift her, right? But Epcott’s new educational exhibit, called Habit Heroes, features a fairy named Snacker as one of its main villains. She loves to eat processed foods, and her figure shows it; double chin, buldging tummy and “cankles.”

Her accomplices include an equally round mobster, Glutton, and a couch potato named Lead Bottom. And of course the heroes are the vision of fitness and health, Will Power and Callie Stenics.  

This new exhibit has people in an outrage.

 “I just can’t believe somebody out there thought it was a good idea to pick up where the school bullies left off and shame kids on their vacation,” Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine, told the Calgary Herald.

Others say that although teaching kids about healthy eating was the goal, it’s also teaching kids to hate fat people.

So is it also teaching kids to use guns, since during the first half of the exhibit, kids can use guns to shoot the cream puffs and other processed foods around Snacker with vegetable ammo?

People are distressed by reality. Everything is so carefully calculated, so politically correct now days. But you know what, if you eat processed foods, you get fat, you get morbidly obese.

It was clear in this exhibit that the characters got to their weight from eating processed foods, being inactive and eating too much. Not that they were just naturally bigger boned.

It’s ok to have a naturally thicker frame and if you’re eating healthy and exercising and still maintain that frame, then that’s okay. Health is beauty.

But nobody has a naturally obese frame.

Health problems in the U.S. are already escalating and they’re only going to get worse. “More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese,” according to the CDC.  And “obesity now affects 17% of all children and adolescents in the United States – triple the rate from just one generation ago.”

Food companies don’t care about you. Corporations don’t care about you. It’s all about the all mighty dollar, and it’s up to you to buy healthy foods and educate yourselves and your families.

And stop getting so upset when someone is called fat, who is actually fat.

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#FemalesOutHereShapedLike

As I am bumming around on Twitter today I notice the hashtag #FemalesOutHereShapedLike is trending. Too funny! I am enjoying reading what people have to say about the general shape of women. At first it starts out amusing and then I realize a disturbing trend; most of the responses depict women out of shape.

Here are some interesting comparisons:

1. The Michelin Man

2. A Bleach Bottle

3. Patrick Star and they think Niki Minaj

4. Hank Hill

5. Homer Simpson

7. A Bleach Bottle

8. They Permanently Pregnant

9. The iPhone 4s

10. The Kool-Aid Man

11. A Coke Bottle

12. Peter Griffin

13. The Android Logo

14. Angry Birds

15. Deformed Potatoes

16. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong

17. A “BMW” – “Body Made Wrong”

18. Upside Down Christmas Trees

19. The State of Texas

20. Meg Griffin

Either we have a serious obesity problem in America, or people just like calling women fat.

 

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The true cost of unhealthy eating

A ferocious hunger gripped me as I looked inside of my bag for the salad I brought to work.

Damn! I had forgotten it on the kitchen table.

I work at a TV station, which requires more time out in the field doing interviews and covering events and less time sitting in a chair staring at a computer screen three steps away from a vending machine.

Since I started the paleo diet, I continued my healthy eating at work, packing a lunch, usually salad topped with homemade chicken salad and some almonds and spanish peanuts as a snack throughout the day. I noticed how much energy I had, how, even when I was hungry, I could still go, go, go. I was less cranky, more focused. My mind seemed less clouded.

Before I started the paleo diet, I would sit at a desk after lunch and get that”2:30 feeling” that is advertised on 5 hour energy drink commercials. My eyes would droop, my mind would wander, the front of my face would feel numb with sleepiness.

Unfortunately, the day I forgot my salad, the photographer and I stopped at Krystals on the way to an interview. I devoured three Krystal “chicks” which are chicken sandwich sliders. I thought the chicken was grilled, but it was fried. The sandwich was more bread and mayo than anything else.

I had instant satisfaction after I ate the “chicks.” Tummy full, I felt high off of my first bite of bread in several months.

Then it hit me like a ton of bricks; That 2:30 feeling. I fought to stay awake on the thirty minute drive to the interview. My mind seemed unclear, my thoughts would start and then trickle away into drowsiness. This was a feeling I hadn’t felt since the start of my diet.

I felt disgusting. This “food” I ate could hardly be called fuel. Yet people eat it everyday.

“Every day, 2.2 million Americans complain of being tired,” according to WebMD.

This is why.

Combined with alcohol and tobacco usage and not enough sleep, diet not only affects your waist size, it affects your mood.

It is a shackle that gratifies you instantly, addicts you, then abuses you.

“At least one-quarter of American adults eat fast food everyday,” Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, said in an interview with CBS.

 “In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music – combined,” he writes in Fast Food Nation.

Americans like it fast, easy and fried. But it is killing us.

About one-third of U.S. adults are overweight. But more shocking is that approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese, according the CDC.

An adult can make the choice to consume foods that are blatantly bad for them. But now, the younger generation is suffering because of the choice of the parents.

A study done by The New England Journal of Medicine reports that for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents.

A McDonalds value menu cheeseburger may only cost $1. But  this is the true cost of unhealthy eating.

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Why are so many military wives fat?

He’s a female fantasy; A muscular Marine, shirtless. His tight body glistening with sweat, gun over his shoulder as he fights for our freedom.

Just because a man is in the military, people assume he’s fit. And since he’s fit and beautiful, then his wife should be too, right? I mean, beautiful people marry beautiful people and make beautiful babies. (Sense the sarcasm here.)

Well, if that’s the case, then why are so many miliary wives are fat? At least that’s what one serviceman asked on Yahoo! ANSWERS.

When I first stumbled upon the thread, I thought it was hilarious. As a military wife myself, I see so many overweight wives shopping at the commissary with a basket full of unhealthy food and kids begging for candy.

One poster referred to these women as having “‘fat wife’ syndrome.”

Then I thought of all the overweight men and women who are active duty. Sure there are PT tests they have to pass. But many of them fail and have to go to required training.

And then I thought of all the overweight people in America.

I felt guilty for thinking the thread was funny. It was a huge generalization. And stereotypes are never good.

I couldn’t believe some of the superficial posts that were made:

“I have some seen some heifers in the military wife pool. I stay skinny and sexy, gives me a reason to stay happy and makes my hubby even more attracted to me over the years. I am still a size 0, like the day we met. I often represent my hubby when we are together in public or functions. No one wants to a fat, ugly wife. I don’t think these ugly/fat women realize the teasing men get behind their backs for ugly wives.”

It’s doesn’t matter about a woman being “skinny” and “sexy.” Fit and healthy is what is should be about. I’m a slender girl, but there are many more women out there that weigh more than I do that are far more fit than I am.

Still, posters pressed on with a very valid point; Military wives are representing our country, therefore, they should be fit and healthy.

I can’t say I agree with this wholeheartedly. I think everybody should be representing America. We’re a laughing-stock with an obesity rate higher than other countries. I’m sure many of you have seen the picture of a fat woman sitting down with her thong poking out and a skinny hottie with a thong poking out side by side labeled, “the main difference between Europe and USA.”

Step up and cut back, America, literally. Take pride in your body, like you do in your country.

I'm sure many have seen this picture. "We're a laughing stock with an obesity rate higher than other countries."

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