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Unformatted text preview: “normal” at 160-137 pounds (www.cdc.gov).-By body mass index, a five foot seven man is “normal” at 120 pounds.-The CDC declared that 64 percent of us are overweight and nearly half of that number, or about 30 percent, are obese, and that obesity has increased dramatically (doubled) in the past 20 years.-In 1998 25 million Americans became overweight over night because the official definition of overweight changed; a five foot ten man weighing 184 went from “normal” to nine pounds overweight.-The CDC says that many factors, including muscle mass, bone structure and family history, must be considered. Inference: no, obesity should not be considered a crisis in society. Consequence: there is no need for panic. He favors public health measures to alert us to the dangers and help us slim down. Assumptions: obesity is a bad thing....
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- Spring '08
- Mass, Body mass index, overweight and obesity, obesity cost society