This Is Your Country On Fat: Presenting 14 Years Of Exponential American Obesity

Tyler Durden's picture

A week ago we had the displeasure of reminding America that in 8 years three quarters of the population will be obese. We said that "many forget that a much more serious long term issue for the US (assuming anyone cares what happens in the long run) is a far more ominous secular shift in US population - namely the fact that everyone is getting fatter fast, aka America's "obesity epidemic." And according to a just released analysis by BNY ConvergEx' Nicholas Colas, things are about to get much worse, because as the OECD predicts, by 2020 75% of US the population will be obese. What this implies for the tens of trillions in underfunded healthcare "benefits" in the future is all too clear." Subsequently, The Atlantic decided to do a follow up on what it titled "The True Cost Of Unwalkable Streets" in which author Kain Benfield says: "Perhaps the single most alarming public health trend in the United States today is the dramatic rise in the number of people who are overweight and obese, bringing serious risks of heart disease, diabetes and other consequences leading to life impairment and premature death. This is bad enough as it is, but I contend that it is particularly unfortunate that we do not sufficiently recognize the extent to which these trends are caused by environmental factors, particularly the shape of our built environment."

Alas, resorting to the traditional American pastime of assigning meaningless blame when faced with a probem of epic proportions, instead of attempting to proactively resolve it, is about as expected as that of the four people around you, three will be, quite soon, morbidly fat. Because no matter who, why, when or where the obesity epidemic started, it won't end until the US welfare state is, pardon the pun, sucked dry (see "Welfare - the Great Delusion"). And if ordinary American citizens are shocked by how little Wall Streeters and politicians have changed their behvaiour, they would be speechless if only they looked in the mirror.

So while we don't have quite the suitable reflective device, here is a chart that should do the trick, coming from the same Atlantic piece. If this doesn't get one to rush out and scarf down the local (within 10 kcal or under walking distance) $0.99 McSomthing meal, nothing will.

Lastly, while the partisan bickering over whether Jeff Sessions is right or not in his estimate of a $17 trillion addition of Obamacare to future unfunded liabilities, goes on we wonder... Seriously? Because supposedly while $82 trillion in future unfunded liabilities is perfectly ok, $99 trillion is obviously a partisan hack to derail the great American plot to eat itself to death? Or something.

Instead of encouraging and enabling Americans to believe that any and every health-related issue they develop (of which the bulk originate from simply eating far too much, such as scarfing down on sugar, sugar and more sugar - which just happens to be the topic of tonight's 60 minutes), will be dealt with on someone else's dime, we have another suggestion: offer every American $100 for every pound they lose until they get to just below their ideal weight, and offer them a further $1000 each year to stay below that weight. Total cost: a tiny fraction of whatever Obamacare would cost, and the future benefits to one's credit card, to social healthcare outflows, and to society in general, would be unmeasurable.

And for those who missed it, here is 60 minutes on whether sugar is toxic (full transcript here).

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DRT RD's picture

I just love ammonia coated beef!

Stuck on Zero's picture

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used in plastics everywhere and for the packaging of foodstuffs.  In many animal studies it has been shown to be a potent hormone mimic that causes early sexual maturation and obesity.  It is detectable at rather high levels in 90% of all Americans. Today, the FDA, ignoring 30+ research studies said it's good for you and manufacturers can continue to use it in packaging ( HFCS or high-fructose corn syrup contains high-levels of an isomer of fructose that causes liver fat deposits and surpresses appetite control.  The FDA says it's good for you.  The FDA, as we all recall, is that government agency that protects criminals from consumers ... pretty much like all the other three letter agencies.

Eat organic, stay thin.



Dr Benway's picture

Organic foods have no advantages whatsoever, they aren't better tasting or more nutritious or better for the environment. It's a total scam.

azusgm's picture

I'd rather be healthy with my boring, old-fashioned organically grown veggies from heirloom seeds. Feel free to volunteer to be a guinea pig for Monsanto and their ilk just don't include me unwittingly.

So, real food is a scam. Bizarre assertion.

Dr Benway's picture

If you buy organic food you are falling for a marketing scam. Scientific studies debunk every one of the organic lobby's claims.

TBT or not TBT's picture

And Angus Beef is just meat from animals that had darkish hair at their end in the slaughterhouse.    That's it.   They get a premium for that, so ranchers breed their cattle of every breed darker nowadays.   Marketing.

DRT RD's picture

Dr. Benway,

Screw science, I have seen it with my own eyes.  I am not eating something from a field that has been posted with a sign that says, BEWARE HARMFUL HERBICIDE AND PESTICIDE HAVE BEEN SPRAYED HERE.  

I live in the Deep South, used to work on a farm.  Simms, the guy i worked under, had to wear a futuristic bubble suit when spraying the pecan grove to protect him from the chemicals.  You mean to tell me that it's ok to ingest said chemicals but not ok to have them touch my skin?  I may be dumb, but I ain't stupid.  Additionally, I have seen the effects of poisoned eggs on coyotes, crows, racconns, possums, and other wildlife.  The poor bastards don't it 3 feet from the egg before they die.  It's caled Timik. look it up. Sorry I don't want that stuff in my body.

NorthPole's picture

Organic food for the most part is a marketing scam. I am not talking about the carrot you grow in your garden out back; I am talking about 90% of food that's mass-produced by corporations and peddled in supermarkets with the 'organic' label.

Take a look at

I repeat: 90% of what you see in the organic section in a supermarket has nothing to do with your local community organic farmer. It is still the very same Cargill growing same old shit (and using pesticides from the approved list only) and peddling it to you for 50% more.

ydderf1950's picture

used yo eat the the junk along with a box of bicarb a week. went non gmo and organic no more heartburn and feel much better hmmmm.

kiwidor's picture

YEP.  no food stored in plastic containers here.  a little effort required, but things work well as a result :)

i-dog's picture


"The FDA says it's good for you."

Those criminals should be indicted for crimes against humanity!! (and not just for HFCS, but for encouraging many other food processing and packaging crimes).

Fructose is a poison. Glucose is readily absorbed by the digestive system. The body has evolved to process a 50/50 mixture of fructose and glucose (otherwise known as sucrose, or cane sugar). But as the percentage of fructose rises above 50%, it can only be processed by the liver ... ie. by definition, it is a poison. Some HFCS is as high as 90% fructose!

Liposuction's picture

Organic food stuffs have absolutely no bearing on whether or not people are thin.  I know plenty of people that are fat and eat strictly organic stuff.  Good grief.  People that sit around all day and stare at screens get fat.

I eat a lot of stuff that's bad for me, but I'm not fat.  I work out and burn calories.  Fat people don't.  FFS.


Next up: How vaccines are hurting us! OMGZ~~!1



Race Car Driver's picture

Well, one could wonder - if one were a kook - why chemtrail spraying creates droughts in some areas where beef cattle are raised, creating a shortage of fresh grasses and hay; forcing farmers to purchase genetically modified supplimental feed for said beef cattle from some large corporations that own patents on GMOs that produce said feed - including patented artificial sweeteners, from same corporations, to make the unpalatable feed more palatable - creating huge profits for said corporations. The GMO's - of which we don't really understand the long-term effects on humans - is then transferred into the foodchain to create obesity and an increase in autoimmune diseases. These manufactured diseases are another profit means for the already bloated and oxymoronic healthcare system. 

But again, you'd have to be a kook to ponder such nonsense.


Liposuction's picture

I stepped on an ant in my driveway and then I noticed I had weeds growing out of all of the cracks in my driveway.  It must be that stepping on ants creates weeds in the cracks in my driveway.

Correlation MUST EQUAL causation. (Right?)

Race Car Driver's picture

I said it was kookery, damnit. Are you some kind of kook? Do you really believe these events are even real? Else, what are you arguing about?

Go troll someone else.

Iwanttoknow's picture

RCD,thanks for bringing up chemtrails.

A Nanny Moose's picture

It really comes back to who is responsible for edu-mah-kashun of the proles.

RafterManFMJ's picture

1000 dollars per year would buy me case and a half of Schlitz per week! I support this plan.

Unprepared's picture

"In the long run, we are all fat"


Fred Hayek's picture

So, Krugman reached "the long run" at least 10 years ago?

bgilliam83's picture

FAIL!  more body mass requires more calories to sustain.  Have fun at the Fema camp

flacon's picture

Body blubber helps keep whales warm in the winter. Perhaps FEMA camps will be cold - load up the blubber now before it's too late! 

espirit's picture

Fat people carrying gold run real slow and are an easy catch.

Heh heh.

Gully Foyle's picture


Now I don't know but I've been told
It's hard to run with the weight of gold
Other hand I heard it said
It's just as hard with the weight of lead

sdmjake's picture

Spent a little time on the mountain
Spent a little time on the hill
I saw things getting out of hand
I guess they always will

I don't know but I been told
if the horse don't pull you got to carry the load
I don't know whose back's that strong
Maybe find out before too long...

Temporalist's picture

What are they serving for dinner tonight?

knukles's picture

A small teenie tiny piece or 2 of veggie garnish around a large steak, juicy lamb shank, multiple pan fried sausages, fried chicken and a large pot of steak tartare.

Ignatius's picture

The PETA types (never kill animals crowd) are the biggest block to a moral food system.  We are omnivores.  They are idiots.  If they choose to be vegetarians, fine.  As a wise old Buddhist sage quipped when asked why he was a vegetarian, he said "because they don't scream as loud when you kill them."

Floordawg's picture

Ever sit next to some fat fuck spilling out of his seat on a cross country flight? Imagine air travel in 2020 when chances are there's 2 bloated bags of shit spilling out on either side of you... Jesus, what a nightmare.

If your fat and this offends you, then drop your Costco sized bag of pork rinds and go fuck yourself!


DaveyJones's picture

luckily, few will be able to afford air travel in 2020 with peak oil and other factors 

A Nanny Moose's picture

Air travel of 2020 will be powered by unicorns that shit skittles.


Spastica Rex's picture

The Heavenly Host will cry tears of petroleum before mankind has to stop taking air vacations.

i_fly_me's picture

Who the hell still uses air travel?  If I'm not jumpin' out of it, I'm not flying in it.

Gully Foyle's picture


I imagine you would never say shit like that to some Black man, or a Hispanic or a big hairy biker.

Odds are you would never have the courage to say that shit in anyones face.

Cowards all speak the harshest when they are safely hidden.

AgShaman's picture

Odds are you would never make a post that didn't include putting someone's user profile link at the top...

Then proceed to pour out your drivel with the entire bold print font.

I know you need extra help to make your points, but fuckin' hell, your one annoying bastard.

Floordawg's picture

(edited for brevities sake)

I imagine, odds are your a huge tub of shit that got his feelings hurt.

Heres an idea, instead of lashing out at some fool trying too hard to be a comedian, why don't you drop that chubby paw full of peanut M&M's and fill the VOID in your life with some push-ups instead of dead calories.

r00t61's picture

Sorry, fat is inactive tissue.  No energy is required to "maintain" fat once your adipose tissues swell.  You could argue that it takes more energy to move an obese body around, but last time I checked, most obese people have an activity level far lower than the norm, and the ones that do go outside are usually on their electric scooters.

Muscle, on the other hand, is active tissue.  It requires energy to just maintain muscle, and even more energy to build it. 

Crumbles's picture

Adipose tissue has been shown to produce a hormone-like substance. It also appears our body fat cell count remains static from age five on - what does change is the amount of fat within the tissue. Ie: how swollen with fat globules are the individual cells.

knukles's picture

Mess with my scooter and you mess with the whole trailer park.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Yeah but extra muscle doesn't burn a whole lot of extra calories per day to the point that extra muscle explains leanness.    The main factors for leanness are youth(insulin resistance increases with age) and % of calories from carbohydrates.    Amount of excercise is a second or third order factor of far lesser significance.

WhackoWarner's picture

Yeah so amusing. Sugar is rampant. Who with any intellignece would lace toothpaste./baby food with sugar? Who would feed themselves with GMO laced coen syrup and soy additives? Who would feed the rat in the pantry slime hambrger? Looked at the arsenic content in baby food lately?

Fat fucking spoiled nation that allows all of this to happen. Lazy, spoilt, uneducated idiots. That is the worldview of the USA.

A Nanny Moose's picture

On a biz trip to jpn, I noted the contents of the vending twinkies, some soda. But could buy Ito-En green tea or barley sugar. Pockey was dark chocolate not milk. FFS.

WhackoWarner's picture

AND a great deal the replies to this topic show the ignorance of a nation of self-deluded fools. I actually had an obese woman idiot from the Upper 50 states tell me a few years back that the USA looked after all their "own". She was criticising Canadian Health Care. This fat tourist told me that all that all in the hookers Washington state had health insurance.


guesss she was on state subsidy Crack. Probaby better that eating the crap that is on Monsanto shelves.

Gully Foyle's picture

For fucks sake

Study: Obese People Live as Long as Slimmer People

Study: Overweight People Live Longer

In the newly published study, researchers used data from an ongoing Canadian national health survey to follow more than 11,000 adults from the mid-1990s to 2007.

Compared to people who fell into the normal-weight category:

  • Those classified as underweight were 73% more likely to die.
  • Those classified as extremely obese with BMI of 35 or greater were 36% more likely to die.
  • Those classified as obese with BMI 30-34.9 had about the same risk of death.
  •  Those classified as overweight with BMI 25-29.9 were 17% less likely to die.

Obese people have an advantage when it comes to surviving illness   Fat people have a survival edge over skinnier people in the face of critical illness, new research shows.


Fat guys survive car crashes better The study, by Dr. Michael Sivak and Dr. Jonathan Rupp, found that belted drivers with a body mass index (BMI) of 35 to 50 have a 22 percent lower probability of being killed in a crash than belted drivers with a BMI between 15 and 18.4.

BMI is a calculation based on weight and height, and the CDC uses it because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat. Anyone with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. At 30 BMI, we're talking about someone who is 5-foot-9 and tips the scale in excess of 203. If your BMI is 45, you're hauling around more than 300 pounds at that height.

Ladies: This does not apply to you. Although rotund fellows fare better in serious accidents in which they are wearing a seatbelt, the same is not true for heavy women. Belted females with a BMI between 35 to 50 have a 10 percent higher probability of being killed in a crash than women with a normal BMI between 18.5 and 24.9, the study found.

Obese folk are at a disadvantage if they forego the seatbelt, the study found. Unbelted fat men had a 10 percent higher probably of dying than skinny guys who weren't belted. There was no statistically significant difference among BMI categories for unbelted women, although for belted females, those with a normal BMI had the lowest risk of being killed.

Ignatius's picture

Any report on the size of the people conducting this study?

squidward's picture

No correlation or causation fallacies possibly here.  I haven't seen as many fatties in Mini's as SUV's and Pick ups.  It couldn't be that big people drive bigger vehicles with larger crumple zones lowering mortality rates.  

You forgot to add that the morbidly obese are far less likely to die of drowning and anorexia.  

Terminal cancer patients usually aren't filling up plus sized coffins, any adjustment for illness that causes weight loss?

Just visit a rest home and tell me how many centenarians are obese. 

Mitzibitzi's picture

"Just visit a rest home and tell me how many centenarians are obese."

As it happens, my step-daughter just finished her college work placement in such a home. Since I wondered what the answer to your question was likely to be, I asked her. I'm not sure how representative one care home is likely to be, of course, but...

Care home population somewhere between 125 and 135. In the 70-80 age group, there were a few fatties. Maybe 10-15 percent, Sam reckons. Maybe 20-25% if you were being very critical and counted people who were merely a bit chubby, but not actually obese. From 80 upwards, there were only a couple and of the 7 or 8 who were over 100, there were none at all.

Also bear in mind this is a UK rest home in an area that still has significant agricultural and industrial employment, if not quite as much as it did a few years ago. Other regions and countries will likely vary somewhat, I suspect.

masterinchancery's picture

Yes, but the FDA or whoever does this stuff changed the standard for obesity, lowering it, in between those 2 charts.

Azwethinkweiz's picture

Epic Meal Time bitchez