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Friday, June 03, 2005

Obesity Epidemic

A headline from today's New York Times:

C.D.C. Team Investigates an Outbreak of Obesity

How does obesity spread exactly? And does anyone know the incubation period? I sat next to someone obese on the train yesterday, and I just want to know when I'm in the clear.

(And just in case anyone has their sarcasm meter disabled, I'm not making fun of the obese, just the CDC.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The words epidemic and outbreak really don't make sense when you are talking about American's getting fat. That always bothers me as well.

Maybe we should "quarantine" high fat foods until scientists develop a vaaccine.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

What the CDC considers obese and what I consider obese are completely different things. Their guidelines have anyone about twenty pounds overweight (and what really is overweight anyway)considered obese.

I don't have a weight number in mind when I picture obese. When I see obese, I know it.

Their stats are rediculous, and they present Americans to the world as fat slovenly people because of their rediculous categorization system.

Bernard-Henri Lévy, in May's Atlantic Monthly, wrote that while touring America, he looked for all the fat people he read about in European magazines and newspapers. He hasn't found any more of then here than he sees in Europe.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Conservative Apikoris said...

Their stats are rediculous, and they present Americans to the world as fat slovenly people because of their rediculous categorization system.

Weel, just go outside the US, and you will see that it is true that Americans are a fat slovenly people.

I gather CDC uses the Body Mass Index, which factors height and weight together, and is usually a pretty goo indicator, excpet for perhaps bodybuilders with a high percentage of high-density muscle tissue. So maybe Gov. "Ahnold" might be considered overweight on the basis of his BMI, but most of us aren't "Ahnold."

Let's face facts, Americans are lazy fat slobs. Just visit any Wal-Mart and tell me that's not so.

Bernard Henri-Levy is lying. He's just saying that in order to publish some "man bites dog news."

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