Thursday, December 14, 2006

Who Really Decides...

US Obesity at an All-Time High
And Wisconsin's health statistics highlight the consequences.

According to recent statistics from national and international health organizations, Americans are among the fattest people on earth. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States, obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 20 years. Dr. Jennifer Zebrack, Assistant Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine) at the Medical College of Wisconsin, reports that 34% of all Americans are overweight – defined as having a Body Mass Index of 25.0 to 29.9 – and 30.5% are obese, defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30.0 or higher. Dr. Zebrack points out that it’s not just adults who are becoming problematically heavy, but children and adolescents as well; about 13% of children and adolescents in the US are now seriously overweight. Read More....

Isn't it odd that the world of "high fashion" is inundated with models size "0" or less when most women seem are of a far different proportion. It must be tough being today's American Woman. Children are even getting plastic surgery. Every magazine cover I see reads: "lose this, cut that, you're too, be better, etc." Is there ever a point that someone will say, "hey, you're perfect just the way you are, please, don't ever change..." Oh, nevermind, the world is run by men's desires and fantasies and nobody likes to be left out; hence a self-perpetuating market.

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