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Discussions Discussion Food & hunger
Sara LUSA, Oct. 10, 2013

Obesity is becoming a HUGE issue in the US, with 65% of Americans overweight and 30% classified as obese. 65% of Americans are overweight, with over 30% being classified as obese. How do those numbers compare to the rest of the world? According to Nation Master, Mexico comes in to second place with 24% of it’s population classified as obese. America’s other neighbor, Canada, comes in with a much smaller obese population of 14%. European countries are drastically less obese than America: Spain, Ireland, and England have an obesity rate of 13%, and countries such as Switzerland, France, Denmark, Italy and Belgium range between 7 and 9%. Japan and South Korea have the lowest obesity rates, each with a small 3%.
America’s portion sizes are larger than the rest of the worlds, with more caloric dense foods. In American-ized=Super-sized, Larry Linder reveals that study after study have shown when people migrate to the United States, they gain weight. The average is 5 to 9 pounds within weeks of moving to America. According to the article, Lillian Cheung, PhD, RD, director of the Eat Well and Keep Moving Program at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition, gained around 30 to 40 pounds in her first year in America. Not only are our portion sizes larger, our foods often have the inability to fill us up with smaller amounts because they are high in calories and low in nutrition. Combine the poor nutrition with portion sizes and overeating is almost inevitable.

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  • Betsy f-usa Betsy f-usa Oct. 10, 2013
    This is really interesting. I read a book called The Omnivore's Dilemma in eighth grade and it focused on the issue of obesity in America and the importance of healthy living. Also, the book called to attention the affect our eating habits have on the environment. I was amazed that things I eat every day, such as granola bars or cookies, actually have a negative affect on the environment. People don't realize that all packaged foods have a negative effect on the environment.
  • Tamia Y-USA Tamia Y-USA Oct. 16, 2013
    Hello, I am also from the U.S. as well, California to be exact, and I totally agree with you that America does have a problem with the highest rate of obesity. Children my age have a high risk of health problems such as heart diseases. Poor choices with food and dietary habits which leads to being over weight affects the physical activity among children and adults. We should look to Asia as an example to improve our health. All prices in Japan are higher in food and transportation so there's more physical activity and less food consumption. Along with America, Spain and Ireland also have high obesity rates. American food portions are larger and we have much higher sugar in our food which leads to higher calorie counts. American has larger plates and bowls which makes us think that we need to fill them up and we over eat. In Japan there are smaller bowls and plates. They eat all their food where we just have some left over because we over stuff ourselves and throw it away afterwards.

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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Dash E-seattle, WA, May 3, 2012

I tend to notice that many poeple look for health in the bottom of a prescription bottle :/ which is not good (most times). More people need to see that the BEST way to be healthy and happy is by simply excercising and eating right :) Instead of playing XBOX or watching youtube, get up for 30 minutes a day and jog around, do some yoga, martial arts, anything to get your heart pumping!

Dash E-seattle, WA
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  • AnyaA Seattle, WA AnyaA Seattle, WA May 3, 2012
    i agree, the best health you can get is from the physical exercise and eating healthy foods every day, and get good nutritions to keep your body healthy instead of using medication(unless you really do need it..)
  • Jacqueline T Jacqueline T May 4, 2012
    definitely and joining a sport can really help with this and just eating healthy will help too.

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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Bob Butterworth, April 12, 2012

Poverty And Obesity: Breaking The Link :

To address this health crisis, attention must be focused on a key issue that lies at the core of the epidemic: the social inequities of obesity. A significant body of scientific evidence links poverty with higher rates of obesity. Findings from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive study conducted thus far to document the nutritional status of the U.S. population, has found that low-income children and adolescents are more likely to be obese than their higher income counterparts [4]. Additionally, reports have shown a higher prevalence of obesity among low-income adults.


Bob Butterworth

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Discussions Discussion Health & Environment
Beth Bernstein, Feb. 24, 2012

Environmental pollutant linked with overweight:

Levels of the environmental pollutant perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that mothers had in their blood during pregnancy increased the risk of obesity in their daughters at 20 years of age. The findings come from a recent study of Danish women in which the Norwegian Institute of Public Health participated. The study indicates that factors such as environmental pollutants, in addition to diet and physical activity, play a role in the obesity epidemic seen today.


Beth Bernstein

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Discussions Discussion Let’s go environmentally responsible
JP Lopez, Feb. 16, 2012

Food Choices Leading Cause of Environmental Damage in Australia:

Australians are eating themselves to death and food choices are one of the nation’s leading causes of environmental damage, according to a new report released by the Public Health Association of Australia.

There is growing evidence that in Australia a poor diet contributes more to people being sick than any other single risk factor including tobacco and alcohol,” Moore said. “Australians need to eat less and eat differently to address the sky-high rates of preventable diet-related disease. The current food system is skewed towards energy dense foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt. We need to make healthy food choices the easiest and most affordable option for all Australians.”

The PHAA also believes that while the phenomenon of diet-related disease is grabbing headlines and what is not recognized is the significant impact of our food choices on carbon emissions. The association pointed out that more than 30 percent of Australia’s carbon footprint is related to food production.


JP Lopez

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Discussions Discussion Nutrition and Medicine
Bob Butterworth, Dec. 9, 2011

Gender-bending’ chemical found in canned foods increases risk of heart disease and diabetes

Just five days of eating canned soup dramatically increases levels of hormone-mimicking bisphenol A. Scientists blame this increase on manufacturers using BPA in the lining of soup tins to prevent them from rusting.


BPA is an organic compound that can mimic the body’s own hormones and previous research has warned it can increase the risk of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Bob Butterworth

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Discussions Discussion Food and Gender
Emily Nelsen, Jan. 15, 2011

Really cool conference that I still need to watch. Very cool topic, “course” entitled: “Women, Men, and Food: Putting Gender on the Table” from Harvard’s Radcliffe institute of advanced studies.

Emily Nelsen

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