10-18,20 - Food and the consumer (Current Issues and...

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Obesity: Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher . Body Mass Index (BMI): A measure of an adult’s weight in relation to his or her height , specifically the adult’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his or her height in meters. Looked at maps of obesity trends in adults across America from 1985 until today. The maps are posted on eLC. Overweight: The percentage of U.S. adults who are overweight or obese (BMI 25) is 65%. Looked at state-specific prevalence of obesity across America by race/ethnicity from 2006-2008. Again, the maps are on eLC. In general: Non-Hispanic blacks are the most obese, followed by Hispanics, and then non-Hispanic whites. Out of the non-Hispanic blacks women are more obese than non-Hispanic men. Hispanic women are more obese than Hispanic men. Non-Hispanic white men are more obese than non-Hispanic white women. Looked at maps relating age, obesity, and diagnosis of diabetes. Obesity in children is increasing. Obesity and College: In a study founded by the FCS college researchers discovered that UGA students are willing to grade overweight students’ papers/presentations lower just because they are overweight (Moorman & Wicks-Smith). This is happening in the workforce too; overweight people tend to be given lower salaries than their co-workers who are not. Thursday, October 20 th Why should young consumers care about conditions caused by the country being overweight? Because people who are fit bare some of the cost. There are now numerous new medical exams required as well as new drugs. Nearly 17% of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity according to new research done at Cornell University and Lehigh University. One expert places obesity-related medical costs at around $168 billion annually. Overall, persons who are obese spent $2,800 per year MORE for medical care than did people who are not obese. Many of these “obesity dollars” are being spent through Medicare (for elderly and disabled people) and Medicaid (for poor or low-income people). These programs are funded by tax dollars, so as tax payers, you are fronting some of the bill of obesity. One school’s solution in Philadelphia was to require that overweight undergraduates take a fitness course to receive their degrees. This raised the hackles of students and the eyebrows of health and legal experts. The requirement was eventually removed and the class became optional for students. Universities expect healthy eating and lifestyle content to be delivered in multiple formats in multiple courses. Looked at the “old food pyramid” we were taught as kids which has grains on the bottom then fruits and vegetables, then dairy and protein, then sweets. Looked at a newer version of the food pyramid called MyPyramid.gov
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2011 for the course HACE 3100 taught by Professor Moorman during the Fall '09 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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10-18,20 - Food and the consumer (Current Issues and...

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