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11-28-2011, 09:54 AM
Americans Are 20 Pounds Heavier Today Than Two Decades Ago: Report
The Huffington Post Amanda Chan

Americans are reporting that they weigh, on average, about 20 pounds more than they did 20 years ago, according to a new report from Gallup.
The findings, based on the annual Gallup Health and Healthcare Survey, show that men are reporting they weigh 196 pounds on average and women are reporting they weigh 160 pounds on average, up nearly 20 pounds from self-reported weights in 1990.

In addition, our "ideal weight" has also increased -- for men, it is now 181 pounds (up from 177 pounds a decade ago), and for women, it is now 138 pounds (up from 137 a decade ago), according to the report.

The findings also indicate that most Americans consider their weight as "just-right" -- despite a previous Gallup report showing that 61.6 percent of people in the U.S. are overweight or obese. In that previous Gallup report, published last month, researchers found that obesity rates were slightly decreasing for most U.S. demographic groups, although there are still fewer normal weight people in the U.S. than there are obese and/or overweight people.

Earlier this year, a report in the Lancet suggested that half of Americans will be obese by the year 2030 if obesity and overweight trends continue as they are now.

"At the rate we're looking at right now, it's a dire prediction," study researcher Claire Wang, of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, told ABC News. "Something has to be done."

11-28-2011, 10:01 AM
:geewhiz: I'm about 40lbs heavier than I was 20 years ago?

Calves of Steel
11-28-2011, 10:36 AM
I'm about 200 lbs heavier than I was 20 years ago. Guess we're throwing off the curve

11-28-2011, 01:12 PM
Might be all the gear going around nowadays!

11-29-2011, 12:37 AM
Thanks for this post guys I was going through the same thing

12-02-2011, 07:50 PM
After stopping at Walmart today after work, I would have to say it was closer to 100 pounds heavier.

12-14-2011, 12:38 AM
While growing up, being fat, overweight, obese, etc wasn't the
norm as it is today. My friends and I were always outside
running around, riding bicycles, tag, dancing (or in my case trying to dance),
etc. Now you don't see
any kids doing any of those activities.
We also ATE all day long, at each other's house.

12-14-2011, 01:50 AM
hormones in the food? + bigger portions + less activity. Its a multi faceted problem. Drug companies seem to inevitably benefit from it all. Fatter you are, the more drugs you'll need to buy to control your health problems. (type 2, hypertension, cholesterol, etc) Guess theres a reason why they allow hydrogenated oil in our foods. Plus all the mental problems with the aspartame. ka-ching for psychiatry