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Post time 2008-2-7 08:37:25 |Display all floors
Originally posted by mengzhi at 2008-2-7 05:43

#2.  The USA leads the world in the junk food department unfortunately . The quantities served is beyond the pale . There is one ( that I heard of ) US restaurant which serves a huge / gigantic plate of food and the attraction is " If you can finish it , you don't pay " !?  This is criminal and irresponsible behavior in attracting dis-ease .



And we wonder why America is in the shape it's in!
They need to cut out a few tacos and Happy Meals.
Ronald McDonald has been pushing real crap into American men and women.

Anyway, how do they plan to enforce these rules?
Maybe with "fat concentration camps" where they can stop fat people from stuffing their faces?
You will reap what you sow!

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Post time 2008-7-31 06:45:22 |Display all floors
US overeats as world fights hunger

30 Jul 2008
REUTERS


WASHINGTON: After having dinner at Clyde's in Washington's trendy Chinatown, a young boy sluggishly gets up to follow his family to the exit. His waitress jokes, "You're stuffed, huh?"

The boy lets out a grunt, saying, "Yeah, I'm full. I feel like I'm going to burst," as he ambles to the door.

Such is the response of many customers who venture into the popular restaurant. One waitress said, "It depends on the dish, but I've never gotten a complaint that it's too little."

But with soaring food prices sparking protests in many countries and more than 800 million people going hungry every day, US food portions are under scrutiny. A lightening of the American plate could ease pressure on worldwide demand, but not everyone is hopeful change will be coming any time soon.

With a bombardment of food ads, many aimed at children, Americans are tempted with an array of food choices. One fast-food chain calls its massive burger a "monument to decadence" while the Wendy's chain calls its "Baconator" a "mountain of mouth-watering taste."

Portion sizes in the US not only exceed those in less-developed countries, but also in the developed world. In fact, Americans have the highest per capita daily consumption in the world, eating 3,770 calories a day, more than a Canadian at 3,590 calories or an Indian at 2,440, according to data from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.

In the US food prices are expected to rise 4.5% to 5.5% this year, which would be the highest increase since 1990.

Americans are putting more thought into food buying. High food prices coupled with a slowing economy have led 71% of Americans to eat out less and 48 percent are buying fewer groceries, according to the Food Marketing Institute.

Restaurants are also being hit hard by the rise in food prices. But restaurants are not making big reductions in portions, making only small moves like not automatically refilling bread baskets or introducing calorie counter options.

But large portion sizes are unlikely to fade away since the actual farm value of food is low for restaurants compared to other costs, such as labor, advertising and transportation.

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The way they are filling their fat, obese faces, the US will have a fat future!

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Post time 2008-7-31 16:27:27 |Display all floors
"#1.  Overweight and obesity is a " life style " modern disease affecting all over indulged and " rich " countries . China has her share of  " fatties " coming up . It is a result of the breaking of that simple formula  "  How much in : how much out " . Calories in , calories out ( exercise and activities )."

Best post you've ever made MengMeng. Truth in this.

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Post time 2008-8-4 23:18:26 |Display all floors
Unbeknownst to Buddy35, the overweight and obesity problem is spreading to China.  It's a human problem, not a US problem.
The cause of this problem should be attributed to multiple sources, with prosperity being the first.  Other contributions include the advances of fast-food due to market demands.  Until recently, most fast-food developed to reflect the tastes humans developed through millions of years of evolution.  
Most of those years found humans in a state of famine;  accumulation of fats and a taste for high-energy sugars was tantamount for survival.
In prosperous times, those same fats and sugars in large amount coupled with evolution-honed desire for them help create the fat future that Buddy35 gleefully predicts for the US.  What he does not see is that China's resurgent prosperity has put her in the same boat.

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Post time 2008-8-5 01:25:45 |Display all floors
I guess the opening poster unintentionally opened the door to the fact that this is a problem not restricted to the USA. The accompanying photo attached to Post #1 is obviously taken of a Chinese man in a Chinese hospital (where else would the bed be stencilled with a red serial number?).

Why would that obese Chinese guy be treated by acupuncture? I'm curious about that.

I want to say something in defence of fast food restaurants. They serve an attractive product in clean attractive circumstances. You are not supposed to eat every meal in there and you're not supposed to eat 3 times the normal amount people purchase.  I had two A&W mommaburgers in a row last week, just because I felt like it. I don't do that every day, or every week either.

Individuals have to take responsibility for their own food intake and their own health. You can't really legislate good health and outlaw fat (except in Singapore, maybe?).

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Post time 2008-8-5 02:34:03 |Display all floors
Why Americans Are Fatter

Posted: Aug 4, 2008 01:52 PM


Posted by: Stefanie Boe, KOLD News 13 Live This Morning Senior Producer

A new study paints a clear picture as to why America faces an obesity epidemic: we're eating a lot more.

In 1970, the average U.S. adult consumed 16-and-a-half pounds of food a week.

By 2006, that number had risen to 18-point-2 pounds. That's nearly 2 pounds more per week!

The kinds of food feeding the increase are the same that make people fatter: unhealthy oils and cheeses, and a big surge in fast foods.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 15 percent of adults age 20 to 74 were obese by 1980. By 2007, that had more than doubled.

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Why do these big fat huge obese Americans stuff so much junk into their mouths?

Why don't they try our ancient Tai Chi to get their big huge fat backsides and big huge beer bellies moving?

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Post time 2009-7-2 00:22:29 |Display all floors
Two-thirds of American adults are too fat: study

Wed Jul 1, 2009

CHICAGO (Reuters) -

Obesity rates continued to climb in the past year with 23 U.S. states reporting adults in their states are fatter now than they were a year ago, two advocacy groups said on Wednesday.



Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight, and the groups warned that the U.S. obesity epidemic could derail efforts by lawmakers to reform the nation's health system.

"Our health care costs have grown along with our waist lines," said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's health, which released the report along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The report also calls for a national strategy to combat obesity, which causes heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

"The obesity epidemic is a big contributor to the skyrocketing health care costs in the United States. How are we going to compete with the rest of the world if our economy and workforce are weighed down by bad health?" Levi said in a statement.

The annual ranking of obesity rates in U.S. states found Mississippi continues as the state with the fattest residents, with nearly a third of adults considered obese. The U.S. state has topped the list for the past five years.

Three other states -- West Virginia, Alabama, and Tennessee -- now have obesity rates above 30 percent, according to the report.
Among U.S. children, obesity rates held steady, but at still alarmingly high levels, with 30 states reporting the percentage of obese or overweight children at above 30 percent.

A report last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the U.S. childhood obesity epidemic leveled off this decade after surging for about 20 years, but a worrisome number of young people remain obese, risking serious health problems.

Childhood and adult obesity has emerged as a growing problem not only in the United States but in many countries around the world.
Obese children are more likely to be saddled with risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as type 2 diabetes. They also are at higher risk for asthma.

They also are much more likely to be obese in adulthood, when they may face the many health problems linked to obesity such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers.

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