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    All U.S. adults could be overweight in 40 years | Health | Reuters

    By Amy Norton

    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - If the trends of the past three decades continue, it's possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now, a government-funded study projects.

    The figure might sound alarming, or impossible, but researchers say that even if the actual rate never reaches the 100-percent mark, any upward movement is worrying; two-thirds of the population is already overweight.

    "Genetically and physiologically, it should be impossible" for all U.S. adults to become overweight, said Dr. Lan Liang of the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one of the researchers on the study.

    However, she told Reuters Health, the data suggest that if the trends of the past 30 years persist, "that is the direction we're going."

    Already, she and her colleagues point out, some groups of U.S. adults have extremely high rates of overweight and obesity; among African- American women, for instance, 78 percent are currently overweight or obese.

    The new projections, published in the journal Obesity, are based on government survey data collected between the 1970s and 2004.

    If the trends of those years continue, the researchers estimate that 86 percent of American adults will be overweight by 2030, with an obesity rate of 51 percent. By 2048, all U.S. adults could be at least mildly overweight.

    Weight problems will be most acute among African-Americans and Mexican- Americans, the study projects. All black women could be overweight by 2034, according to the researchers, as could more than 90 percent of Mexican-American men.

    All of this rests on the "big assumption" that the trends of recent decades will march on unabated, Liang acknowledged.

    "This is really intended as a wake-up call to show what could happen if nothing changes," she said.

    Waistlines aren't the only thing poised to balloon in the future, according to Liang and her colleagues. They estimate that the healthcare costs directly related to excess pounds will double each decade, reaching $957 billion in 2030 -- accounting for one of every six healthcare dollars spent in the

    U.S.

    Those financial projections are based on Census data and published estimates of the current healthcare costs attributed to excess weight -- and they are probably a "huge underestimate" of what the actual costs will be, Liang said.

    The findings highlight a need for widespread efforts to improve Americans' lifestyles and keep their weight in check, according to the researchers. Simply telling people to eat less and exercise more is not enough, Liang noted.

    Broader social changes are needed as well, she said -- such as making communities more pedestrian-friendly so that people can walk regularly, or getting the food industry to offer healthier, calorie-conscious choices.

    "It really needs to be more than an individual effort," Liang said. "It needs to be a societal effort."

    SOURCE: Obesity, online July 24, 2008.
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    i couldn't gain weight if i tried
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    i wish i had your problem. i look at food and i get fatter.
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    it has its downfalls, like passing out if you don't eat frequently enough
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    Just for the DC forum members, the David in FL weight reduction plan, free of charge!

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    Burn more calories than you consume.

    Any questions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
    Just for the DC forum members, the David in FL weight reduction plan, free of charge!

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    Burn more calories than you consume.

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    darn! i was hoping for a govt. bailout of this one!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
    Just for the DC forum members, the David in FL weight reduction plan, free of charge!

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    Burn more calories than you consume.

    Any questions?
    No wonder my plan hasn't worked, dang it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David in FL View Post
    Just for the DC forum members, the David in FL weight reduction plan, free of charge!

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    Burn more calories than you consume.

    Any questions?
    Hey! That is the Mike in Tennessee plan too. And you know what? I am living proof it works. 160 pounds lost in 9 months total. And now, 20 pounds put back on but, not in fat. Due to weight lifting, the 20 pounds I have packed on are pure solid muscle.
    +40% body fat to 16.3% body fat currently.

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    Hey 31 lbs in 8 weeks here - without exercise.

    And just to be clear, I'd kill you all for a single twinkie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizzlemah View Post
    Hey 31 lbs in 8 weeks here - without exercise.

    And just to be clear, I'd kill you all for a single twinkie.
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    I work in food service, and recently started trying to loose weight.

    The major method was that I stopped drinking soda. (This was suggested by my wife) Apparently it is very very hard to stay thinish when you are drinking 15+ 16 ounce glasses of cherry coke daily (no ice).

    Thats right, I was consuming 2,800+ calories daily of just soda. So far I have lost about 20lbs and have been drinking far more water. I feel much better, and my kidneys probably hate me a bit less as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowsbane View Post
    I work in food service, and recently started trying to loose weight.

    The major method was that I stopped drinking soda. (This was suggested by my wife) Apparently it is very very hard to stay thinish when you are drinking 15+ 16 ounce glasses of cherry coke daily (no ice).

    Thats right, I was consuming 2,800+ calories daily of just soda. So far I have lost about 20lbs and have been drinking far more water. I feel much better, and my kidneys probably hate me a bit less as well.
    i've been cutting back on the soda too. it's hard though. real hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shizzlemah View Post
    Hey 31 lbs in 8 weeks here - without exercise.

    And just to be clear, I'd kill you all for a single twinkie.
    There is an addendum to the David in FL plan......it does get a little complicated, but I know that DC members represent a much higher level of intelligence than most of the rest of society, so I'll add it here........

    In addition to losing weight if you burn more calories than you consume, you will also lose weight if you consume fewer calories than you burn.

    I may have to refer to that as the Shizzlemah (or twinkie) addendum going forward!
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    a few years back i was training to join the NYPD. i had lost 40 lb's just from NOT eating red meat (semi-vegetarian) and put on 40 in muscle from daily exercise. I was in the best shape of my life. when i went back to meat (after getting a desk job and getting married), i gained it all back again.

    I've stopped eating red meat and stick with chicken/seafood for the past few weeks and i am starting to see a difference...along with less soda intake.
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