02 Sep '11, 4pm

What Would the US Look Like if 1/2 of Us Were Obese in 20 Years?

What Would the US Look Like if 1/2 of Us Were Obese in 20 Years?

published a study last week that predicted by 2030 50 percent of the population would be obese , that’s 164 million Americans. It’s difficult to imagine such a statistic, considering that the body isn’t meant to be obese, in fact, it’s detrimental to every system in the body. Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 and up, while a healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. A BMI of 30 is equivalent to weighing 186 pounds if you're 5 feet 6 inches tall. Calculate your BMI . When asked what the world would look like, I can’t help but picture the movie Wall-e , a world where the morbidly obese ride around in hover chairs, filling the void with endless consumption. But what would the world actually look like? Heart Attacks, Blindness, and Cancers Coronary heart disease , stroke, and high blood pressure are all related to obesity. High cholesterol and high triglyc...

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