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The Recent History of Obesity in America

If you've been thinking people on the whole look taller and bigger than they were when you were a kid, you don't need to get your eyes checked! American adults have grown an inch and have gained almost 25 pounds on average since the early 60s, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. And the typical 11-year-old weighed almost 11 pounds more too.

No wonder researchers reported obesity -- fueled by poor diet and a lack of activity -- threatens to overtake tobacco use as the leading preventable cause of death in America.

The numbers speak volumes. The average American male weighs 191 pounds, while the median adult female weight rose to 164 pounds. The average body mass index (BMI) for adults ages 20-74 also rose from 25 to 28 over the same 40-year span. (People with BMIs higher than 30 are considered obese.)

From 1999-2002, 31 percent of adults had a BMI higher than 30, considered in the obese range, more than double the rate in the early 60s.

How do you protect yourself from becoming just another statistic, and possibly a fatality, in the obesity epidemic? By conquering ED -- exercise deficiency. Most people have created an exercise debt that requires them to exercise about 90 minutes EVERY day to compensate for the accumulated debt. Once they achieve their ideal body weight they can drop down to 45 minutes three times a week and add in the strength training. In fact, most people don't exercise nearly hard enough and wonder why it doesn't work.

Exercise is like a drug: If you don't use it in the right dose, it will not work.

Yahoo Health News October 27, 2004

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