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I have always seen that Obesity is running rapid in America. Living in San Antonio, we have 1,327,407residents and it is stated 65.7% of adults are obese. So going into the CDC website it states that a male at 5'9 that is over 203 pounds is obese. If this is true then half of my staff is obese. We are active duty firemen, we are big guys and we have to lift heavy things(tools, people, equipment). I always wonder when they are going to change the standard. Not sure the last time it has been updated, but people aren'tbuilt like they were 50 years ago. My grandfather was 5'9 and weighed 145 pounds with 36 inch shoulders, my father is 5'8 and is 175 pounds with 42 inch chest, I am 5'10 230 pounds with 48 inch chest. Does that make me obese, or has the standards and statistical data not caught up with the times yet? So, is 65% of my city truly obese?Response to Answer:Hello Timothy, I think the issue is that obesity in America has become so normal that it's hard to see theforest for the trees in this situation. If you're happy and feel healthy then it's not really too much of an issue in your life but the obesity standards are set in place by the CDC because the amount of fat or
mass your body carries directly relates to your heart health. Your heart doesn't care about keeping up with the times when it's working 20% harder than a person that weighs 10 pounds less than you. Why do you believe the standard should be changed? Solely on the fact that most of your coworkers are obese or have you found research that suggests that the CDC is using outdated materials? I do agree with your opening statement though, obesity is running rampant in America. ORHello Tim,I completely agree with you in regards to this issue. This is a very large issue in the military as well. I am 5'8', 200 lbs., 32 inch waist, and a 44 inch chest. I am not obese but technically by the national standard I am. I think that this is a very misleading statistic and should definitely be reconsidered based on body mass index or something else. What do you think could be done to fix this problem? Greta post and topic!!Respectfully,