Obesity statistics are insane

I came across two news articles recently. Take a look at the first and second one. Now, let’s take a look at what they say about obesity statistics.

The first article:

According to CDC, one-third of U.S. residents are obese, and two-thirds are overweight or obese

The second article:

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 64.5 percent of adult Americans are overweight or obese.

Now, you might think, “No big deal. They are two different groups giving statistics.”

Wrong.

They are the same organization. The CDC is the same as the National Center for Health Statistics.

Obesity rates in Africa – crazy talk

Ok, so now the obesity freak out by the media has officially gone crazy. On a continent that is dealing with an AIDs crisis, shortages of food and a lack of stable governments, the media is now saying they have an obesity problem.

Yes, that continent is Africa.

Ok, shake yourself out of that stupor. The continent is under a stage 1 obesity alert. I mean, just listen to Krisela Steyn, a retired director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Chronic Disease and Lifestyle unit:

We have gone from undernutrition to overnutrition without ever having passed healthy nutrition.

Obesity rates in India getting higher

Obesity is becoming a factor in many nations around the world. The latest obesity statistics have been released for India and they are as follows:

75 percent of Indian women are obese

58 percent of Indian men are obese.

The statistics are skewed as they only seem to count the abdominal obesity, as if there is a real difference.

The survey was sponsored by the International Day of Evaluation of Abdominal Obesity. Dr Anoop Misra says, “The most important contributors are abdominal obesity and fat in the liver. Both are genetically determined. Interestingly Indian babies, which are born low birth fate, have high body fat, high fat under the skin and have a lot of metabolic problems starting at the birth which later on will develop into major and deadly diseases.”