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This was put out my John Hopkins Health alert.

10 Reasons Why Americans Are Overweight

Weight control is far more complex than simply balancing calories consumed with energy expended. Here are 10 top (alternative) reasons why Americans are overweight – and some may surprise you.

Rates of obesity are higher than ever in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than six in 10 American adults are overweight or obese -- and most adults are about 25 lbs heavier than people were in the 1960s. To make matters worse, more than half of all overweight people actually think they’re at a healthy weight, according to a recent Associated Press poll.

In theory, weight control is a simple matter of balancing energy intake (the calories supplied by food) with energy output (the calories expended by physical activity, the digestion of food, and the functioning of your body). To lose weight, you need to expend more energy than you take in. In practice, however, the task is not that simple. While the basic principle of energy balance remains true, several mechanisms -- genetic, metabolic, and environmental -- can affect how much you eat and how your body uses and stores energy.

A revealing study published in the International Journal of Obesity (online edition, June 27, 2006) highlighted 10 reasons why Americans are fat. The study explained that too much food and a lack of exercise are not the only factors contributing to obesity. They identified 10 other possibilities:

* Weight gain factor 1 -- Less sleep. We’ve gone from an average of nine to seven hours of sleep a night; sleep deprivation is linked to a more robust appetite.
* Weight gain factor 2 -- Pesticides and other chemicals in foods. These substances can change hormonal activity, which can boost body fat.
* Weight gain factor 3 -- Air conditioning and heating. We don’t sweat and shiver as much as our ancestors, so we don’t burn as many calories.
* Weight gain factor 4 -- Fewer smokers. Nicotine is an appetite suppressant.
* Weight gain factor 5 -- Greater use of medications, such as antidepressants and diabetes drugs, which have weight gain as a potential side effect.
* Weight gain factor 6 --Population changes. There are now more older people as well as more Hispanics in the United States, and these groups have higher rates of obesity.
* Weight gain factor 7 -- Older birth mothers, whose children are more prone to excess weight gain than the offspring of younger mothers.
* Weight gain factor 8 -- Genetics. Obese moms may pass the trait onto their children in utero.
* Weight gain factor 9 -- Higher body weight = greater fertility. Heavy people produce more offspring than thinner people.
* Weight gain factor 10 -- Assortative mating. Heavy people tend to mate with each other and produce heavy children.

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kathymcmo's picture

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Hi


I didn't have a minute to comment in your other thread the other day, but wanted to wish you well on your upcoming surgery. Sorry that you have to have it and hope you have a good result and recovery.


 


K.

BillHartmann's picture

(post #52344, reply #2 of 15)

Thank you.

I posted details over at BT.

But apparently recover from is close to hell from the pain and restrictions.

But it sounds managable.

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kathymcmo's picture

(post #52344, reply #3 of 15)

It won't be easy, as it's major major surgery but I hope the end result it worth it. You'll just have to go one step at a time.

BossHog's picture

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"Assortative mating. Heavy people tend to mate with each other and produce heavy children."

Funny you should mention that. My XW is kinda big, and she's dating a guy who's easily got 100# on me.

Maybe there's something to that....

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msm-s's picture

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These items may sound far-fetched, but I think they definitely make sense.
Naturally, there are always exceptions to this list, but overall these things contribute to our weight.
The heavy-parent thing works on 2 levels, both genetic and environmental, when the kids learn eating and exercise habits from mom and dad.
I have always kept my home as near to the outside temp as I can live with. mostly for energy bills, but I also found myself feeling better in general, and I can see how it would help regulate appetite and therefore weight. Especially hot weather; I am not as hungry and what I do crave tends to be fresh, raw cold and lean food and lots and lots of low-fat yogurt. I'm usually at my optimum weight for my height without much effort. Although, after menopause it does take a bit more of an effort, which bums me out!


Edited 5/4/2009 10:08 am ET by msm-s

AnnL's picture

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I have always kept my home as near to the outside temp as I can live with.


Obviously, you don't live someplace where the outside temps go below freezing for months at a time!  ;-)


But, I do agree with the sentiment.


Ann
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"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

shywoodlandcreature's picture

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I agree with keeping the house cooler than usual too. I used to live with windows open, all year round (relatively easy in the mild PNW climate) and never had weight problems. Now that I live with Peter, who likes to keep the house warmish, I've gained significant weight (though to be fair, there are other factors - greater wine consumption and richer food being just two of several).  




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msm-s's picture

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The key is "as near to the outside temp as I can live with", and what one person can live with maybe the next person can't, LOL.
True, I live in the steamy south, but I'll take bundling up for cold weather even indoors over sweltering in the summer. You can only take off so many clothes, and by July, even being nekkid doesn't help a bit!

AnnL's picture

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but I'll take bundling up for cold weather even indoors over sweltering in the summer. You can only take off so many clothes, and by July, even being nekkid doesn't help a bit!

 

Absolutely!!  That's why I live up here in the frozen north.  Inside my house right now it's 61 degrees.   That's fine for me if I were moving around, but sitting in front of the computer, it's a bit chilly.  So, I have an afghan wrapped around me and I'm comfy.  I'm NOT turning on the heat in May! 


But, in July I'll be melting in the heat.  As you say, you can only undress so much and then you're still hot and miserable.


 


Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Jean's picture

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Guess what--our furnace just kicked in--it's cold (50°F) and rainy today.


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Marcia's picture

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We've been alternating between heat and AC for the last couple of weeks. Weird, weird weather, but I am thankful to have both alternatives available. :)

AnnL's picture

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I refuse to turn the heat on!  Bah!

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Jean's picture

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Wait till you get to be my age...I don't have to prove anything. :)


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AnnL's picture

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I don't have to prove anything. I'm just too darn cheap!

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Jean's picture

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heh heh, I hear you.


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A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
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