In Obesity high in US states 16 Aug 2013 - 11:36am,
"...Adult obesity in the US still isn't budging", the latest government (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- CDC) survey shows.
The national telephone survey found 13 states with very high rates of obesity last year. Overall, the proportion of US adults deemed obese has been about the same for years now. 'A plateau is better than rising numbers. But it's discouraging because we're plateauing at a very high number,' ... Overall, nearly 28 per cent of Americans were obese, the 2012 survey found. That's roughly the same as it's been since 2008.
How the survey is done:
The CDC defines someone as obese if their weight-to-height ratio - called a 'body mass index' - hits 30 or higher. A 1.75-metre person would be considered obese at 92 kilograms or more. The CDC's annual telephone survey asks adults their height and weight.
Body Mass Index: By definition BMI = mass in Kg/(height in m)**2
and Obesity Mass >= 30*(height in m)**2
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What obesity means in real life:
more stress on legs, bones and muscles; larger size need more and stronger materials for clothings (adding more stress), furniture (chairs, bed,...) and personal accessories (belt, glasses,...);
In reports: ambulance and hospial equipment and services upgrades have been reported in several countries; airlines considering surcharge for extra weight; energy cost due to obesity in public transport; health cost are being studies in many countries; ...
The causes and the cures:
So far many trials based on control diets, exercises, drugs and surgical procedures have some successes but not sustainability; many studies suggest sedentary (sitting) activities as the main culprit; many studies blame "refined carbohydrates" (sugar, flours -- ie. softdrinks, cakes, biscuits, bread, snacks and fastfoods); many studies suggest more fresh (uncooked) varieties of vegetables and fruits (75% or more in daily meals); food diversity and local availability in season has also been suggested; ...
Obesity is correlated to diabetis, cholesterol, heart and blood pressure problems.
Diets, exercises and frequent movements are now major means to conbat obesity.
So, good research can be done by making some telephone calls ;-)
/// (content below added 20 August 2013)
BMI Prime (defined as BMI 25) for 'Good weight':
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Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine calculated the average BMI for 177 countries using UN data on population (year?) see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_mass_index with data extracted from BBC News - Where are you on the global fat scale? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18770328
Country avgBMI mBMI fBMI m:f
Cambodia 21.51 22.30 20.72 1.076
Indonesia 21.59 21.91 21.26 1.031
Laos 21.99 22.50 21.48 1.047
Malaysia 22.58 23.06 22.09 1.044
Myanmar 22.40 22.91 21.89 1.047
Philippines 22.35 22.73 21.96 1.035
Singapore 22.19 22.80 21.58 1.057
Thailand 22.34 23.36 21.32 1.096
Vietnam* 19.96 21.18 18.73 1.131
China 22.86 23.78 21.93 1.084
India 21.05 22.50 19.60 1.148
Japan 21.93 23.52 20.34 1.156
USA** 27.82 28.64 27.00 1.061
Notes: Vietnam has the lowest avgBMI and USA, the highest.
My BMI is just below the average for Thailand (with 177cm and 63kg).
see also ดัชนีมวลกาย th.wikipedia.org/wiki/ดัชนีมวลกาย