Saturday, August 30, 2008

HOW Many of Us Will Get Fat?

Here is the sad, sorry truth: The vast majority of Americans will be fat someday, according to researchers at Boston University who are among the first ever to forecast the lifetime risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Fully 70 percent of American women and 90 percent of American men will eventually get fat. Think you're home free because you made it to middle age without tipping the scales too high? Think again. Half the men and women in this study who made it to middle age with a respectable body mass index number ultimately became overweight, while one-third gained so much they were obese. The ominous warning from study leader Ramachandran Vasan, "You cannot become complacent, because you are at risk of becoming overweight."

Vasan and his team arrived at this startling conclusion based on data from 4,000 white adults over a 30-year period. The participants, who were the children of those in the long-running and often cited Framingham Heart Study and ranged in age from 30 to 59 at the start of the research, were examined every four years. At the end of the 30-year period, one in seven women were overweight and one in nine men were too heavy. Of these, more than one-third had become obese with a body mass index of more than 30 and one in 10 were severely obese.

There is concern, too, that as shocking as these numbers are, they may be low. People today are heavier at a younger age than those who participated in the study. In addition, no minorities, who are at an increased risk of obesity, were included in the research population.

Why are so many of us gaining so much weight? We live in an environment in which it's hard not to become overweight or obese, unless we actively work against it, assert the study authors. People who are obese have a far greater risk of developing heart disease, some cancers, diabetes and arthritis, as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The study findings were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Source: Netscape.com



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