America's Fattest Are Getting Fattest-er Faster

Tyler Durden's picture

In the ten years to 2010, the severely obese (Americans who are 100lbs or more overweight) increased about 70%. A new study from RAND Corporation (via ScienceDaily) found that "the proportion of people at the high end of the weight scale continues to increase faster than any other group of obese people, despite increased public attention on the risks of obesity."

Up from 3.9% to 6.6% (or more than 15 million people) of our population is now morbidly obese. The prevalence of severe obesity was about 50 percent higher among women than among men, and about twice as high among blacks when compared to Hispanics or whites. Increases in obesity were also fastest in the younger cohorts - under 40.

"The proportion of people at the high end of the weight scale continues to increase faster than any other group of obese people, despite increased public attention on the risks of obesity," said Roland Sturm, lead author of the report and a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. "But for the first time in the past 20 years there is evidence the trend is slowing."


The study suggests that clinically severe obesity, instead of being a rare pathological condition among genetically vulnerable individuals, is an integral part of the population's weight distribution. As the whole population becomes heavier, the extreme category -- the severely obese -- increases the fastest.


To be classified as severely obese, a person must have a body mass index (a ratio of weight to height) of 40 or higher -- roughly 100 pounds or more overweight for an average adult man. The typical severely obese man weighs 300 pounds at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall, while the typical severely obese woman weighs 250 pounds at a height of 5 feet 4 inches.


People with a BMI of 25 to 29 are considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or more classifies a person as being obese. For a 5-foot-10 inch male, a BMI of 30 translates into being 35 pounds too heavy.

Or, for those confused:

On the bright side, as we noted here, the faster we get fatter, the sooner we die, and the lower the deficit (via entitlements) will be. Perhaps the way out of this fiscal mess is indeed to eat ourselves to an early death? Maybe all those looking to regulate what we eat and drink may actually be doing our economy more harm than good in the long-run.

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nah's picture

at least hes eating a salad

flacon's picture

That's what I always say: You got your meats, vegetables, fruit, grains and dairy all in one meal. What couldn't be healthier?!

Big Corked Boots's picture

Ya need some cheap beer to wash that down with.

PBR, bitchez.

Xibalba's picture



Just waitin for bone density to drop to zed, wheelchairs from the Gubmint, and a JUMBO iPad to keep you entertained......

Parabolic's picture

I think I see some Tungsten in that beef

Ineverslice's picture


I think that's Obamaphone-lady.

AldousHuxley's picture

poor = stupid = fat


scythian empire's picture

poor = stupid = fat

But how many of you have problems with regulating those who can't regulate themselves?  IT IS OK TO SAY YOU CAN'T HAVE A SODA BECAUSE YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE RESPONSIBILITY.

AldousHuxley's picture

put them in a box labeled "USAID" and throw them to the starving kids in Africa.

13thWarrior's picture

Soylent Green from the colonies.

N. B. Forrest's picture

When Medicaid and Medicare go bankrupt, these people are all going to die anyway, so who cares if they want the physique of Jabba the Hut?

johnQpublic's picture

let 'em eat what they want, and while we are at it, MANDITORY cigarette smoking


reduces appetite, and, bonus, life expectancy

yes we can fix this entitlement problem

Hugh G Rection's picture



Don't see any chicken in that burger..

Zgangsta's picture

Needs some turducken.  Wrapped in bacon and deep-fried.

Then deep fry the whole burger for good measure.

Straw Dog's picture

All we are saying is give peas a chance.

akak's picture

Visualize Whirled Peas

slaughterer's picture

Under the new "Obama Bill for Hope for Obese Americans" the governmentis is giving 1,000 shares of AAPL and a NEW Ipad to all Americans with a BMI of 25 or over.  

Zombie Investor's picture

How's that possible when so many people are living off food stamps?

nmewn's picture

Not enough EBT being spent on gambling, liquor and titty bars?

AlaricBalth's picture

When you say gambling you must be referring to state sponsored lotteries which are nothing but regressive taxes that impact the poor the hardest. In many outlets in Florida tickets can be purchased with EBT cards, which enables the states to collect federal money through a back door channel. High frequency lotto players tend to be poor and uneducated, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle and strike it rich. It gives them false hope in a hopeless situation and many use their EBT cards to roll the dice.

Quite a scam the states have going!

Dr. Engali's picture

All very true and well put, but I have one question. Can you point to any government program that isn't a scam?

max2205's picture

It's ok if you guzzle jäger mister after ever meal

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

I've heard in Japan, when your relative dies, you don't report the death just yet.  Let the entitlement checks keep coming a little longer.

AldousHuxley's picture

I heard in America, when you relative dies, you don't report the death just make sure any debt obligations don't have your name on it.

Harbanger's picture

I heard in America, when your relative dies, they vote for democrats.

nmewn's picture

I heard in China, when someone offends the sensibilities of the state (apparently by not sharing the spoils of commerce, gained legally or not) they get shot in the head...and a bill sent to the family of the recently dearly departed for the price of the bullet.

I always wondered what would happen to the family if they refused to pay...I'm weird like that ;-)


putaipan's picture

i heard in isreal you can get a nice chinese kidney for 15,000 $

see also- "yo mama so zionist"

Caggge's picture

I heard in America when your brain dies, you post on Zerohedge under the name Gully Foyle.

prains's picture

and then you breath in your own fart>> caggelectomy's are free in cuba

Ghordius's picture

if the family does not pay this counts as "offending the sensibilities of the state". for which...

LMAOLORI's picture



No one twists their arms to blow that money on gambling that sounds like something obama said he thinks people need to be told what to do from cradle to grave. Then he wants our money to do it and the people who make real money from it is the Banks. That's our money they are throwing away. There are plenty of poor people who work hard but get food stamps because their income is too low that don't do that there should be no excuses for those who do.

JP Morgan’s Food Stamp Empire


"Poor people "need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office."




Cathartes Aura's picture

pssh, it's Ben's fiat, you didn't print that. . .

wagthetails's picture

Which Is why I hope they always allow EBT gambling. We tax payers get at least some of the wasted money back!

LMAOLORI's picture



Oh yes there is but they will be cracking down on that. 

New welfare restrictions target booze, tattoos


Taking aim at what they call an abuse of the taxpayers' money, a growing number of states are blocking welfare recipients from spending their benefits on booze, cigarettes, lottery tickets, casino gambling, tattoos and strippers.

Hey look at the bright side if the food supplier's fill the food with poison and fattening crap it helps kill off the old people so they don't have to pay them social security that is owed to them. That should make some of the posters here happy judging from the comments I've seen on the site they are outraged by the banks but have no problem when it comes to stiffing grandma and grandpa.

Study: Baby Boomers’ Health Very Poor, Getting Worse

Dr. Engali's picture

It's the shit they eat. They buy a bunch of empty calorie high fat crap.

Lost Wages's picture

Carbs and sugars, lots of GMO corn, etc.

13thWarrior's picture

It is even worse than sugar.


1. High Fructose Corn Syrup - Industrial Sweetner in fake maple syrup, milk shakes and cold drinks

2. Canola Oil - Industiral oil of rapeseed converted to human use

3. Mechanically seprated beef and pink slime glotaed with antibiotics.


The food itseld is half the equation.

1. In stomach there is a resident fungus called Candidasis which is fed these things including carbs, wheat, yeast, acidity and sugars. 

2. Fungus blooms in the stomach, starts drilling into blood stream.

3. Fungus and particles from leaky gut moves into blood stream toward organs and causes inflammation. Immune system also starts attacking healthy cells. 

4. Organ failure results in death by diabetes, heart attack, stroke, cancer.


Why it isn't cured? The whole modern medical science is based on pathogens come from outside not inside.

Reason for dying from AIDS is systemic candidasis in patient. Only then modern science begin to acknowledge but then it is too late.






Ratscam's picture

easy natural treatment for candida albicans.
Take a spoon of NaHCO3 (sodium bicarbonate) a day with some water and two weeks later together with a sugar free and less acidic diet you get rid of the problem.

orangedrinkandchips's picture

Lost wages is right....not the fat big boy....the sugar et. al.


Fat is really the preferred method of energy for your body.






Talk about leverage!!!!



Gully Foyle's picture

Dr. Engali

And wrong.

We understand very little about how the body works. Modern medical science is about fifty years old.

There are enough bits and pieces of research to suggest the fears are just mindless.

First you get fat by taking more calories in than you burn.

Second there are three body types Ectomorphs Mesomorphs and Endomorphs.


Sheldon's "somatotypes" and their supposed associated physical traits can be summarized as follows:

  • Ectomorphic: characterized by long and thin muscles/limbs and low fat storage; usually referred to as slim. Ectomorphs are not predisposed to store fat or build muscle.
  • Mesomorphic: characterized by medium bones, solid torso, low fat levels, wide shoulders with a narrow waist; usually referred to as muscular. Mesomorphs are predisposed to build muscle but not store fat.
  • Endomorphic: characterized by increased fat storage, a wide waist and a large bone structure, usually referred to as fat. Endomorphs are predisposed to storing fat.


Endomorph, endomorphic,[1] and endomorphism can refer to:

The body of the extreme endomorph is round and soft. The physique presents the illusion that much of the mass has been concentrated in the abdominal area. This may or may not be true. The arms and legs of the extreme endomorph are short in length and taper. This may give the appearance of stockiness. The hands and feet of the endomorph are comparatively small, and the upper arms and thighs are often more developed than the lower parts of the arms or legs. The body has a high waist.[2]


Third we have much more leisure time than ever before in History.

Fourth we have easy access to more food than ever before in History.

Now for some shit that NEVER gets mentioned.

Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

His body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal. He now weighs 174 pounds.

But you might expect other indicators of health would have suffered. Not so.

Haub's "bad" cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent and his "good" cholesterol, or HDL, increased by 20 percent. He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent.

"That's where the head scratching comes," Haub said. "What does that mean? Does that mean I'm healthier? Or does it mean how we define health from a biology standpoint, that we're missing something?"

Surprisingly, researchers found that overweight and obese people who get diagnosed with the blood sugar disorder tend to live longer than their leaner peers.

This so-called "obesity paradox" has been observed before in chronic diseases like heart and kidney failure, said Mercedes R. Carnethon of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Study: Obese People Live as Long as Slimmer People Researchers Say Healthy Lifestyle May Be as Important as Body Weight Obese people who are otherwise healthy live as long as normal-weight people, new research from Canada suggests.

Some obese but healthy people actually are less likely to die of heart problems than normal-weight people who have some medical conditions, the researchers found.

"You shouldn't just look at body weight alone," says researcher Jennifer Kuk, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology and health science at York University in Toronto.

"A healthy lifestyle, including being physically active and eating a healthy diet, is probably more important than your body weight and focusing on weight loss, if you are otherwise healthy," she tells WebMD.

In ‘Obesity Paradox,’ Thinner May Mean Sicker

In study after study, overweight and moderately obese patients with certain chronic diseases often live longer and fare better than normal-weight patients with the same ailments. The accumulation of evidence is inspiring some experts to re-examine long-held assumptions about the association between body fat and disease.

If obesity is so bad, why do fat heart patients survive longer than their normal-weight counterparts?

Although obesity has been linked to a variety of health problems, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, renal disease, stroke and heart disease, a growing body of research is finding that obese people with those diseases actually live longer than normal-weight patients who are similarly afflicted

john39's picture

pure bs. the processed gmo crap sold to the poor is not food, its poison.

Gully Foyle's picture


Science is always bullshit right?

Like how that GMO tumor study was manipulated for the most horrendous effect, but that part never was mentioned.

Pull your head out of your ass and do the research I have.

You know about the Harvard Cholesterol study?

n a challenge to conventional wisdom, a team from Harvard Medical school found no direct link between raising good cholesterol levels - or HDL - with a lower risk of a heart attack.

The study published in the medical journal The Lancet compared heart-attack risk among people who inherited known genetic variants that gave them higher HDL levels.

This should mean they had a lower risk of coronary disease. However, the study of more than 50,000 people found no such link.


An article from the well-respected Honolulu Heart Program published in the journal The Lancet in August 2001 has some extraordinarily interesting data.

They studied 3,741 men who were 51 to 73 years of age when the first blood cholesterol level was obtained for this analysis. Another was taken twenty years later (in 1991 to 1993) and deaths determined over the next five years.

The men were divided into four groups according to blood cholesterol levels ranging from less than 170 milligrams to more than 210 milligrams. Those below 170 milligrams had the highest death rates. Those over 210 milligrams had a significantly lower death rate than those with the lowest cholesterol levels, but a bit higher than the group with the lowest death rate, those with cholesterol levels of about 190 to 210 milligrams.

The greatest death rate was found in those whose cholesterol levels were lowest at both the 1971 and 1991 examinations.

The authors note "the earlier patients start to have lower cholesterol concentrations, the greater the risk of death. We have been unable to explain our results. These data cast doubt on the scientific justification for lowering cholesterol to very low concentrations (less than 180 milligrams) in elderly people".


A couple of weeks back I shared with readers a WHO and FAO-sanctioned review showing that saturated fat and total fat intake were not associated with cardiovascular disease. Hot on the heels of that report comes a similar paper, appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, also concluding that saturated fat shows no association with heart disease or stroke.

Researchers from Harvard Univerity and the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute pooled the data from twenty-one prospective epidemiologic studies examining the association of dietary saturated fat with coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) risk.

During 5–23 years’ follow-up of 347,747 subjects, 11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD. The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantiles of saturated fat intake were 1.07 for CHD, 0.81 for stroke, and 1.00 for CVD. In other words, those who ate the highest amounts of saturated fat had no greater risk of CVD than those who ate the lowest. Consideration of age, sex, and study quality did not change the results[6].

Those of you tempted to dismiss these findings as the work of pro-meat/dairy/egg industry shills or fringe-dwelling skeptics should note that one of the authors, Dr. Ronald Krauss, has worked at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), has been a Senior Advisor to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP), and is actively involved with the American Heart Association (AHA), having served as Chairman of the Nutrition Committee. He is founder and Chair of the AHA Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism. The NHLBI, NCEP and AHA have all been key players in gaining global acceptance for the pseudo-scientific absurdity that constitutes the lipid hypothesis of heart disease.

Swedish Farmers Live Longer on Dairy Fat and Veggies

Last year, a study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health reported on CHD mortality and morbidity among 1,752 Swedish rural males. During 12-years’ follow-up, 88 died during follow-up, 335 were hospitalized or died due to CVD and 138 were hospitalized or died due to CHD.

When the dietary records of the men were analyzed, the crude unadjusted data showed that consumption of cream and full-fat milk and daily consumption of fruit and vegetables were associated with a lower risk of CHD. When the data was adjusted for confounding factors the only statistically significant dietary factor associated with reduced CHD was the combination of daily fruit and vegetable intake and high dairy fat consumption (relative risk = 0.39). Choosing wholemeal bread or eating fish at least twice a week showed no association with CHD. Farmers developed less coronary heart disease than non-farmers[7].

Japanese with High Cholesterol Live Longer

The Japanese have long been cited in support of the lipid hypothesis, but there is an abundance of research involving Japanese participants showing this hypothesis is in fact complete nonsense. The latest of such studies appeared in the Journal of Lipid Nutrition[8].

Japanese citizens over the age of 40 qualify for free annual health check-ups. The Fukui Study was based on data collected by the Public Health Center of Fukui from such check ups between 1986 and 1990 of residents of Fukui City in Japan. Researchers stratified 22,971 participants into groups according to their cholesterol levels.

Compared with those in the 240-259 mg/dl category, those in the 160-169 mg/dl (both sexes) and the 140-159 mg/dl (women) groups suffered significantly higher all-cause mortality.

Next, the researchers conducted a meta-analysis of five large Japanese studies (including the Fukui Study) with a combined total of over 170,000 subjects to examine cholesterol levels and all-cause mortality.

Participants with cholesterol levels between 160-199 mg/dL were chosen as the reference group. The meta-analysis revealed that the relative risk in the <160 mg/dL group was significantly higher than in the reference group [RR = 1.71], and that the relative risks in the 200-239 mg/dL and >240 mg/dL groups were significantly lower than in the reference group [RRs of 0.83 and 0.78, respectively].

mammoth mo's picture

A low carb high fat diet helps my diabetes.  I can eat as much meat - cheese - nuts - veggies that are green basically.