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obesity
used in Fast Food Nation

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Definition
the state of being significantly overweight
  • In other cases (such as the rise of franchising and the spread of obesity) fast food has played a more central role.
    p. 9.4
  • The United States now has the highest obesity rate of any industrialized nation in the world.
    p. 240.1
  • More than half of all American adults and about one-quarter of all American children are now obese or overweight.
    p. 240.2
  • The rate of obesity among American adults is twice as high today as it was in the early 1960s.
    p. 240.2
  • The rate of obesity among American children is twice as high as it was in the late 1970s.
    p. 240.3
  • Hill, a prominent nutritionist at the University of Colorado, "We've got the fattest, least fit generation of kids ever:' The medical literature classifies a person as obese if he or she has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher — a measurement that takes into account both weight and height.
    p. 240.4
  • If she gains fifty pounds, her BMI reaches 30, and she's considered obese.
    p. 240.5
  • Today about 44 million American adults are obese.
    p. 240.5
  • An additional 6 million are "super-obese"; they weigh about a hundred pounds more than they should.
    p. 240.5
  • A recent study by half a dozen researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the rate of American obesity was increasing in every state and among both sexes, regardless of age, race, or educational level.
    p. 240.6
  • In 1991, only four states had obesity rates of 15 percent or higher; today at least thirty-seven states do.
    p. 240.7
  • "Rarely do chronic conditions such as obesity," the CDC scientists observed, "spread with the speed and dispersion characteristic of a communicable disease epidemic."
    p. 240.7
  • Although the current rise in obesity has a number of complex causes, genetics is not one of them.
    p. 240.8
  • The cost of America's obesity epidemic extends far beyond emotional pain and low self-esteem.
    p. 241.9
  • Obesity is now second only to smoking as a cause of mortality in the United States.
    p. 241.9
  • The annual health care costs in the United States stemming from obesity now approach $240 billion; on top of that Americans spend more than $33 billion on various weight-loss schemes and diet products.
    p. 242.0
  • Obesity has been linked to heart disease, colon cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, infertility, and strokes.
    p. 242.1
  • Young people who are obese face not only long-term, but also immediate threats to their health.
    p. 242.3
  • Severely obese American children, aged six to ten, are now dying from heart attacks caused by their weight.
    p. 242.3
  • The obesity epidemic that began in the United States during the late 1970s is now spreading to the rest of the world, with fast food as one of its vectors.
    p. 242.4
  • Between 1984 and 1993, the number of fast food restaurants in Great Britain roughly doubled — and so did the obesity rate among adults.
    p. 242.5
  • They also have the highest obesity rate.
    p. 242.5
  • Obesity is much less of a problem in Italy and Spain, where spending on fast food is relatively low.
    p. 242.5
  • The relationship between a nation's fast food consumption and its rate of obesity has not been definitively established through any long-term, epidemiological study.
    p. 242.6
  • During the 1980s, the sale of fast food in Japan more than doubled; the rate of obesity among children soon doubled, too.
    p. 242.9
  • Obesity is extremely difficult to cure.
    p. 243.3
  • Health officials have concluded that prevention, not treatment, offers the best hope of halting the worldwide obesity epidemic.
    p. 243.4
  • The annual cost of obesity alone is now twice as large as the fast food industry's total revenues.
    p. 261.9
  • About two-thirds of the adults in the United States are obese or overweight.
    p. 271.5
  • The obesity rate among preschoolers has doubled in the past thirty years.
    p. 271.6
  • And by some odd coincidence, the annual cost of the nation's obesity epidemic — about $168 billion, as calculated by researchers at Emory University — is the same as the amount of money Americans spent on fast food in 2011.
    p. 271.7
  • Issues that were rarely discussed in the mainstream media — food safety, animal welfare, the obesity epidemic, the ethics of marketing junk food to children, the need for a new and sustainable agricultural system — have become inescapable.
    p. 273.1
  • America's low-income communities now boast the highest proportion of fast food restaurants — as well as the highest obesity rates and the highest rates of diabetes.
    p. 274.4
  • The contrast between the thin, fit, and well-to-do and the illness-ridden, poor, and obese has no historical precedent.
    p. 274.6

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