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    Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    Is Fat Normal in America? A Surprising Reason Why We


    Is Fat the New Normal?

    A rise in average body weight may be changing how we see ourselves.
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    If you're tall enough to stand out in a crowd, you're probably aware of your tallness maybe even self-conscious about it. But imagine that you're in a room full of basketball players. Suddenly, you don't seem so tall anymore. Your above-average height feels normal.
    The same scenario -- but with weight, not height -- may be happening throughout the U.S.
    According to the CDC, two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Now that the average body weight tends toward plump rather than svelte, the perception of what's normal may be sliding. And that may have health consequences that are flying under your radar.
    The New Normal

    The average American is 23 pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight. If we equate "normal" with average, it's not much of a stretch to say it's normal to be fat.







    "For children and for many adults who are overweight, they are starting to perceive themselves as the new normal," says obesity expert Robert F. Kushner, MD, MS. Overweight people may dismiss their weight, he tells WebMD, because they feel "everyone else looks exactly the same." Kushner is a professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and clinical director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity.
    "It's quite clear that people are changing their idea of what an acceptable body size is," says Nicholas Christakis, MD, PhD, of Harvard Medical School. As the average body weight goes up, there's more acceptance of heavier body types. This, in turn, clears the path for even more people to put on weight, says Christakis, who is the co-author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Change Lives.
    Are Americans Really Getting Fatter?

    The rate of obesity has climbed dramatically in the past 20 years: A third of adults are obese today, compared to 23% in the late 1980s. But this trend may have reached a plateau. According to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the obesity rate has not changed significantly in the past few years.
    That's no reason to become complacent, Kushner says. "The prevalence of obesity is leveling off, but it's leveling off at flood stage. So we need to turn that around."
    Is Weight Gain Contagious?

    How did we get to that "flood stage" of obesity? Maybe you should look around you.
    "Our work suggests that weight gain spreads in social networks," says Christakis, who has researched the spread of obesity.
    His findings, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2009, show that your odds of becoming obese rise by 57% if you have a friend who becomes obese and by 40% if your sibling becomes obese."We're social animals," Christakis says. "We're influenced by the choices and actions and appearance and behaviors of those around us."
    In short, our social contacts -- the people in our lives -- have a big influence on what we eat, how much we exercise, and how we judge our own appearance. This may help explain why obesity rates are not the same throughout the country. In fact, there are what might be called obesity hotspots.

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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    in my southern berg, most live to eat instead of eat to live
    and it shows
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    here in Canada we are "beginning" to slim down...now most young kids are slim again, but it has taken constant haranguing and nutrition taught in the classroom that gets taken home to the parent to help people understand, weight kills.

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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    Obesity is becoming so commonplace that people are starting to view it as normal. Actually, there is no way it is OK or acceptable. It is the greatest health hazard facing the nation currently.

    This is not normal:





    This isn't normal, either:

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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    It's the new normal in my britches.
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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    I'm just amazed how accepted fatness has become.


    At 26 years old in 9-5 middle class America you go to work and people in their late 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's are all sitting around while visibly overweight ACTUALLY talking about how fit they are. I mean these people are visibly overweight. It is not debatable. And yet here they are, sitting there talking about how much they can lift while eating a twinkie. I just sit there in absolute disbelief. It's beyond delusion because they're all in on it. They all truly believe their stomachs sticking past their belt doesn't amount to fat or even out of shape. It's absolutely scary.

    Can you even begin to imagine if I started talking about weight or actual working out with these people? Dear god. I think halfway through the conversation I'd be having my career threatened. It's amazing lol and scary at the same time. It's like being in a zombie movie and the zombies don't know they're zombies and will attack you if you mention the fact that they are.

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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    Going with no.
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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    A lot of guys these days don't get the concept of Functional Strength. For example they will brag about how much they can bench, but they can't do a pull-up. Or for that matter, they can't even do that many push-ups with proper form. Before I started running and strength training, 10 years ago I was almost 40 pounds heavier than I am now. For the last 10 years I have been an avid runner (40 to 60 miles a week). For the past 5 years I have been an avid cyclist (80 to 150 miles per week), and for several years now I have strength trained religiously as well. I am 38 years old and have 6 pack abs. The thing is, if you are not in really good shape, you don't understand how much being in really good shape improves your quality of life. Get strong and lean and nothing will seem impossible to you.
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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    Welcome to the politically correct world. Where you can't say anything to another person that may be discouraging or offensive. You can't actually tell people they are fat and need to lose weight. You might hurt their feelings.
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    Re: Is Fat the New Normal in America?

    Demographically, yes. Socially accepted? Not yet.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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