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adults is twice as high today as it was in the early 1960s. The rate of obesity among American children is twice as high as it was in the late
1970s. According to James O. Hill, a prominent nutritionist at the University of Colorado, “We’ve got the fattest, least fit generation of kids
The medical literature classifies a person as obese if he or she has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher — a measurement that takes
into account both weight and height. For example, a woman who is five-foot-five and weighs 132 pounds has a BMI of 22, which is
considered normal. If she gains eighteen pounds, her BMI rises to 25, and she’s considered overweight. If she gains fifty pounds, her BMI
reaches 30, and she’s considered obese. Today about 44 million American adults are obese. An additional 6 million are “super-obese”; they
weigh about a hundred pounds more than they should. No other nation in history has gotten so fat so fast.
A recent study by half a dozen researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the rate of American obesity was
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- Spring '08