America Is Smoking Less But Getting Fatter

Tyler Durden's picture

On the day of peak gorging, we are reminded that America is facing a sustained obesity crisis. As Statista's Dyfed Loesche notes, many doctors are warning that the fat scourge is reaching epidemic proportions.

Some experts believe that obesity is responsible for more ill health than smoking. Diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are just three prominent illnesses that are caused by obesity.

Official figures from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that while the smoking rate in the United States has dropped, with obesity it’s the other way round.

Infographic: America is Smoking Less but Getting Fatter | Statista

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The overall rate of adults (20 years or older) who have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more has increased from 30.5 to 37.7 percent in the course of four years. People with a BMI between 25 and 30 are considered overweight.

One of the reasons smokers cite why they don't want to quit is that ex-smokers get fat.

Disclaimer: this infographic is in no way intended to prevent people from quitting to smoke because they could gain weight.

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BritBob's picture

Then eat less and exercise more. Simple.  

YUNOSELL's picture

It's time for the Government to replenish their war chest by recouping "health care costs" by suing Big Sugar using the Big Tobacco playbook

DEMIZEN's picture

the sugar is not a problem. the the idots drinking it could be. for the retarded, there should be a warning on the bottle just like it is on smoke box. neverthless, justice must be served if win for the tribe.

Huckleberry Pie's picture you laugh or cry for society?

Croesus's picture

Did you really need another cheeseburger, fattie?

Handful of Dust's picture

"I'm not too fat. I'm just too short for my weight."


~ Rosie O'Donnell

Creative_Destruct's picture

 ....ex-smokers get fat.

And ex smokers live longer, more unhealthy lives with diabetes and other afflictions and increase the lifetime cost of healthcare (elderly and end of life care is by FAR the biggest cost in the system).

So, smoking = weight control and health care cost control, a strange Freakonomics-like truism. ;-)


tmosley's picture

Well, Big Corn.

HFCS has fully infiltrated our society.

I can't even stand to eat out any more. Once you get used to good food without that crap, you really notice the difference.

TruthHammer's picture

It's Round-up Ready HFCS too.


Natural Sugars = Great

Refined & Processed Sugar = Poison

Synthetic "Diet" Sugars = Really Poison

GMO HFCS = Pure Death

Bigly's picture

I am convinced we eat too much GRAIN.  Wheat. PASTA.

WHAT HAS CHANGED IN 30 YEARS? Really, what? There were always sedentary people.  I think commercials on TEE VEE serve as triggers too. 

Fat follows. Then it is a cycle.

Raffie's picture

Big food issue at least in America is how much SOY is crammed into most our foods.

Men should avoid ALL SOY at all cost. It is highly toxic to men. 

IH8OBAMA's picture

It's not staying fit, quitting smoking or eating in moderation that will keep us alive and healthy.  You may have noticed that Congressmen and Senators seem to live forever.  Even McCain with his deadly brain disease seems to suffer little or no ill efects.

Their secret is youthful sex.  They abuse their aids and rape the virgins they hire.  It's their joy of having youful sex (or sex with youth) that keeps them young feeling and alive.  Why else would they keep doing their deeds and making us taxpayers pay to cover it up?  They are in a sense like the Succubus that draws the youthful essence from their victims.


HominyTwin's picture

It's not necessarily sex, because I doubt McCain has gotten a boner in a decade or two. People in positions of power have higher levels of testosterone, which helps in maintaining muscle mass and has lots of other healthy side effects. Of course, if you don't have a  lot of political power, you can just go lift lots of weight. Lift weight like the power lifters, not the body builders. Body building is really a form of endurance exercise, and really only gets results when you are juicing.

Anon2017's picture

How about a 15% Federal  sales tax on junk food?

msmith9962's picture

I have a replacement for Obamacare and food stamps. Free gym memberships veggies and beans. That’s it from the gov. Your health is your responsibility.

Also read obesity code and fast for a few days every so often.

MoreFreedom's picture

I'd be happy if the government just took away subsidies and protections from competition from big sugar and big tobacco. 

Raffie's picture

smoke while you eat. they will cancel each other out.

HRClinton's picture

You get a twofer, if you eat a smoking hot pussy.

HRClinton's picture

They should suck less.

To hell with die-versity.

wcole225's picture

Unfortunately it's ceased being that simple. Today, there are literally millions upon million of americans, mostly women but more and more men who can't lose weight regardless of how little they eat or how much they exercise. It's called weight loss resistance and is in large part the result of extreme cell damage from exposure to toxins. Fat burning hormones like testosterone, thyroid and leptin are there but they can no longer deliver their message to the cell normally. Like the type 2 diabetic who has plenty of insulin in the beginning of their disease, the cells quit hearing the message (insulin resistance) and their sugar levels rise. With exposure to mercury, lead, pthalates, BPA, glyphosate, other herbicides and pesticides, chlorine, fluoride.....we've become toxic wastelands causing hormone disruption and resistance. Add in damage to brain cells and every type of mental disorder and brain diseases like Autism and Alzheimer's is exploding in numbers. This is the tip of the iceberg. Our government is complicit and things are going to get much worse.

two hoots's picture

I guess no one in Somolia, Eritrea, Sudan,Burundi have those physical problems, only Americans?    Seems when food is actually missing people get real skinny fast?   Hmmmmm?   What are the chances pharma says you need a pill for that?  Or Americans find excuses for every fault????  

WernerHeisenberg's picture

In Venezuela, the average adult weight loss was 19 pounds in just one year.  Obviously they are using some magical (probably Russian) diet pill as everyone knows eating less never works

falconflight's picture

Horseshit.  Average caloric intake today just within the US is on average close to double from 100 years ago, and lack of activity, coupled with high fructose (Post WWII) laden processed foods provide more than ample causation for obesity.  

dirty belly's picture

Don't consume anything with refined sugar.

In fact,

Ban refined sugar from being added to anything consumable.

My pulse was tested at 52bpm recently.

hibou's picture

No, eat properly and exercise.


Biggest treat Yankee fast food franchises. 

roadhazard's picture

A good joint will wet your appetite.

pigpen's picture

Eat more fat and cut out carbohydrates.

Also use brave browser - block all advertising, malware and tracking on any device or operating system.

Happy Thanksgiving.


malek's picture

What's an "age-adjusted smoking rate"?

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

It's a way of presenting a more useful number when something is not constant across age groups. Different age cohorts tend to smoke at different rates. A smoking rate that counted people under 10 years old would understate the smoking rate, because not many kids smoke.

You get it by dividing the population into age groups, counting how many people are in each age group, measuring the smoking rate for each age group, throwing out the people too young to smoke, and blending the numbers proportionally to the number of people in each age group.

malek's picture

Ahem, this statistic above reads "age 18 and over".

So why do I need to age-adjust within that group?

Because some 18-20 year old haven't heard of cigarettes yet?
Or some 80+ year old who would smoke but cannot make it to the store anymore to buy cigarettes need to be counted in?

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

"18 and over" is part of the age adjustment. But there are large differences in the proportion of the population who smoke by age group, and each of these age cohorts has a different number of people. A large age cohort of people who smoke at a high (or low) rate would skew the group number higher (or lower) than the rate for other age cohorts smoking at a much lower rate. The statistics are beyond what can be explained in a comment section, but you can probably find an explanation if you search. The concept is similar to the question of why the mean and median of a group can be different, although age-adjustment doesn't have to do with mean and median.

malek's picture

Do I have to teach you math from grade 3?

The statistic shows percentages, so different cohort sizes DON'T fucking matter!
And this is a YES/NO question, so there is no difference between mean and median!!

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Maybe if you look up age adjustment for statistics you'll get a more satisfying answer than I can give you.

malek's picture

"Age-adjustment is a statistical process applied to rates of disease, death, injuries or other health outcomes which allows communities with different age structures to be compared."

Now tell us how smoking -as counted in this statistic- is a "health OUTCOME."

StreetObserver's picture

Brought to you by the American Tobacco Institute, responsible for more deaths than any other American institution except the War Department, later Defense Department. 

DivisionBell's picture

Yeah, due to government meddling that resulted in the Duke antitrust, constraints on tobacco farms, greatly expanded use of fertilizers that added radioactive phosphates.  Lung cancer was largely unknown before that.

Micronite (asbestos) filters didn't help either...

DivisionBell's picture

Better off smoking...

Tobacco is one of the safest things around.  It usually takes 50 years of pack-a-day smoking to kill you.  It's safer than aspirin, advil, and just about everything else you take that is available over the counter.  Don't even get me started on pharmas...


Hikikomori's picture

Having type II diabetes increases heart attack risk as much as smoking two packs a day.

Ben A Drill's picture

Facts that I can comment on about smoking.

Hiking is harder.
High elevation sucks
To much time smoking rather than cleaning the house or other things.
Sex life does suffer.
I smell like tobacco.

Quivering Lip's picture

Personally I'm smoking less (trying to vape) and eating much healthier, exercising more. Lost 20 lbs and I'm at the perfect weight for my height and body frame. Don't know why? If I get to healthy and live another 30 years I'll most likely be broke as fuck. Whatever Social Security I get will be in worthless watered down $ and my 401k will be wiped out by inflation. 

"It's a shame she won't live - but then again, who does?" Gaff

"I'm the one that's gotta die
When it's time for me to die
So let me live my life the way... I want to." Jimi

hairball48's picture

Please, NO MORE government required labeling.

Fuckin' FAT people already know what the problem is---and the cure.

Way too many people here in America are STUPID.

And it's pretty well know that you just can't fix "stupid".

George Carlin's rant here is classic on dumb and fat fucks. :)


itstippy's picture

Most of the people I meet who are fit and trim have some sort of exercise regimen and are diet conscious.  There's not enough physical activity required in basic living to keep average working class Americans in shape anymore, and with widely available, inexpensive delicious fatty salty goodness food everywhere the Nation gets fat.

Low income people are the heaviest group in our society.  Obese people hollar at the TV camera that their kids don't have enough to eat.  It's  - weird.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Historically it was the reverse. Fat meant wealth. How far we have come.

I've always struggled with my weight. Mr Miffed could scarf down burgers but I kept to lean chicken on greens and still never was ever trim. When I walked the Camino last august something amazing happened. I walked 6-8 hours daily and ate what ever I wanted. In four weeks I was 20 lbs lighter and was toned! All my life I was living a damn delusion. Now I'm back home and struggling to maintain it now that I'm sedentary once again.

At least I got to experience Truth. Few Americans today will ever realize this.


Hulk's picture

we are designed to move move move, as I write sitting down !!!

coast1's picture

There is something that too many people do not understand. I have cut my smoking back alot, a pack lasts me almost 3 days, but what is NEVER mentioned, is all the additives in major brand cigarettes...I went to organice cigarettes and my smoking went way up. I simply was missing something...It was all the chemicals...After I withdrew from all the chemicals, my smoking went way down..The main reason I smoke now is simply a habit mostly...I also use something called "tarblocker"...its fits on the filter and takes out most of the tar. Its clear, so after a few cigarettes you can see the tar build up...My main point here, is that people talk about cigarettes as if they are all the same..They are not. My tobacco is organic, and all major brands have so many chemicals in them it would boggle your mind.

Intoxicologist's picture

Same here. I buy whole leaf tobacco and process it myself. I don't think I could choke down a branded cigarette now if someone handed me one. The only downside is all the moochers who beg me for one of my "exquisite cigarettes." One visiting bar doll gave me $30 one night for ten smokey treats.

RabbiWood's picture

That's what I used to do, before I quit in 2015.  Shred the tobacco (no taxes on it either), setup roller, add filter, put in tobacco, roll and lick.  Used to cost me $1.06 a pack to do that in 2015 in USA.  Yeah, takes a while to get used to no chemicals.