Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The latest obesity prediction

A new article out today by the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, predicts that 86% of the population will be overweight or obese by the year 2030.

Hmm, that's a pretty "weighty" statistic. I guess this might also mean that the rate of eating disorders would increase as well?

thoughts? Far-fetched number? Exaggeration or accurate?


kb said...

I really find that hard to believe. Maybe it's because I live in California and I don't know anyone (okay, maybe 2 people) who is obese. Am I an anomaly? I do, however, know a good number of people with eating disorder-tendencies or a past with one or a present with one... Is that the trade-off?
Something to think about, for sure.

Tiptoe said...

Kb, thanks for responding. Honestly, I think these stats are over-exaggerated. I even heard on the radio which also talked about this prediction that something like in the year 2048, everyone is going to be overweight or obese. Hmm.

I also think it depends on the area of the country you live as to whether you see/know of overweight/obese people. (on offense to anyone) I live in the south and know/have seen a number of overweight/obese individuals. However, I've also know there are many with some form of disordered eating/eating disorder as well. It'll be interesting to see if there might be correlations in terms of the "trend" of obesity and eating disorders in years to come.

Anonymous said...

I think that can only be true if they mean BMI-wise. But then I know a ton of very athletic, very healthy people who are BMI-overweight. BMI is BS.

Tiptoe said...

Julia, I'm sure this is BMI-wise. I agree with you that the BMI is flawed in many ways, especially in terms of not accounting for muscularity.