Post 29: Obesity Facts the Government Doesn’t Want You To Know

 One in Three US Adults are Obese??????

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Okay,  okay, I won’t. Geez. Can I least reference the article? I am giving you a link to look at this.

The basic gist of the article is this:
1. 1 out of 3 Americans are obese.
2. Good news is that this figure hasn’t changed in a dozen years.
3. Bad news is that this figure hasn’t changed in a dozen years.
4. Also, if you add in ” Overweight”  people the figure is closer to 2 out of 3.

This will be a study in government manipulation and just lazy thinking. As a member of the M Factor Fitness family I know you aren’t going to stand for this and neither am I. Please question authority. By calling people out and exposing the truth maybe we can make this a healthier nation.

P.S. If you are reading this, I consider you a person of high intelligence and thoughtfulness. Especially if you agree with me. (:
So please take a second and read this article and we can come back and discuss.

Critical analysis:

1. 1 out of every 3 Americans are obese.
     All you have to do is look around you to see this isn’t true. The next time you are in a crowd, take a look around. You will see some overweight people, sure. You will see a number of people that could be in better shape but 33%?

2. 2 out of 3 Americans are overweight or obese. This is even more farfetched. What can be causing this because I sure don’t see this.

So this should lead you to the question….

3. How is this being measured?
The government introduced the BMI as the official measure of fitness or fatness in 1998. Before that, they didn’t bother to measure fitness. You had height and weight charts and that was about it. Oh yeah, you had calipers that actually measured body fat. This didn’t seem to fit in with the government plans so this wasn’t considered.
The new measures are based around the BMI. Take your height and divide it by your weight ( or vice versa ) and you have an instant measure of health.

  0 to 18.5  underweight
 18.5 to 24.5  normal
 25 to 29.5  overweight
30 +            obese.

So what is wrong with that?  Isn’t this the latest and greatest measure of fitness? Not really. It was developed between 1830 and 1850 and it really doesn’t measure fitness or health. So let’s put two and two together here. The government , prodded by drug and weight loss companies ( just my opinion ) decided we had an obesity epidemic in 1998. How do you justify an epidemic? Can’t use bodyfat testing. Too cumbersome, besides it won’t give you that epidemic number you want. Why not pull something  from before the civil war. Now we are talking.

2. So let’s look at the BMI in all it’s glory.

Tim Tebow
245 lbs
BMI  30.6    Obese

Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger
competition weight 235
BMI 30.2     OBESE

James Harrison
245 lbs
BMI  33.2

 Alicia Sacramone
117 lbs
 BMI 22.1      Average

Any of these athletes look fat to you?

Lo and behold, look at the epidemic we have created! We need to get these athletes on a diet asap!
So can we agree that the BMI tables are ridiculous?

I know what some of you are thinking. ” Hey Mike, those are all athletes, most people don’t look like that”. Agreed but go to your local gym and see how many average men and women would rate high on the BMI. Since muscle is denser than fat, it weighs more but takes up less room. So it really doesn’t take a lot of muscle to push you outside your ” normal levels”.

 Okay Mike, what does this have to do with me?
 Everything. Your life and health insurance rates are based on this. By people just accepting this bogus measurement tool, we have opened ourselves up to the government stepping in to control our lives. Or if you aren’t as conspiracy minded as I am, then how about just the blatant fact that this is a bad way to measure fitness?

So if the obesity rate hasn’t changed significantly since the introduction of the BMI, can we assume that there wasn’t really an epidemic to begin with? That is up to you. I hear talk of childhood obesity being rampant. Yet when I look at kids at play in the schoolyard I certainly don’t see it. I see a couple overweight kids, a couple skinny kids and everyone else is in-between.

Are there overweight and obese people. Sure. Epidemic? I am not so sure about that. And I am a personal trainer. I am the one who whips my clients into shape but something just doesn’t seem right here.

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