Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ideal Body Weight?

You go to the Doctor's and the first thing you do....get on the scale.  And how many of us receive good news about the "result" that it spits out?  The percentage of people who are at their ideal weight is far less than those who are outside of their ideal weight.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) more than one-third of adults (35.7%) are obese.  They define obesity as your Body Mass Index (BMI) to be over 30 BMI.  Your Body Mass Index is determined by your height and your weight.  Here is a calculator (provided by the CDC) to see where you are.

Did you know that your race plays a factor in whether you are obese or not?  Also according to the CDC:

  • Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity at 49.5%
  • Mexican Americans are at 40.4%
  • Hispanics are at 39.1%
  • Non-Hispanic whites at 34.3%
They go on to further say that your socioeconomic status plays a part in it also:
  • Among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men, those with higher incomes are more likely to be obese than those with low income.
  • On the flip side:  Higher income women are less likely to be obese than low-income women.
  • As far as education:  With men there is no significant relationship between obesity but for women; those with college degrees are less likely to be obese compared with less educated women.
  • Between 1988-1994 and 2007-2008 the prevalence of obesity increased in adults at all income and education levels.
Obesity knows boundaries:  Some states have higher obesity rates than others.  Looking at the map of the statistics I was wrong in my original assessment.  I figured that the "sunshine" states would have lower obesity rates than those who see winter months, but as with many things...I was wrong.  For example:  Colorado, who is right in the middle of the states and definitely sees winters is the lowest on the list of state for obesity (maybe it's the Mountains) where in the South it is the highest obesity statistics (maybe it's that excellent southern cooking). 

I, personally, think many more factors come into play on determining if a person is underweight, overweight or obese.  Muscle weighs more than fat and some body frames are larger than others. Not every body is built the same so just using the calculator above and going off of that could be dangerous.  It is important that you discuss your weight with your doctor.  

Diets do not work....the fat melting pills do not work.....I don't care what their "guarantee" is.  The only guarantee is that they count on is you won't send it back for a refund.  Imagine selling placebo pills for $29.99 a month saying you will lose weight without changing your lifestyle.  Now let's make it interesting....the guarantee you will lose five pounds a month (they like the twist of 50 pounds but let's keep it somewhat believable for this scenario).  Imagine 500,000 people purchase this product monthly (who wouldn't pass up the opportunity to swallow a pill with your cookies and chips while sitting on the couch and lose weight, right?).  The weight loss industry in in the range of 58 BILLION dollars per year (Healthy weight network)

500,000 x $29.99 = just under 15,000,000 A MONTH!!! 
Now, let's assume 50% return the product for a refund minus the shipping and handling (gotta love that term) so they charge you $14.95 for shipping and handling (which you know they get great deals on shipping because of the volume):  They have $7,500,000 from the people who didn't return it PLUS the $10.00 "handling for 250,000 people is TEN MILLION DOLLARS A MONTH!  They stay in business for two years repeating the gross income is $240,000,000.  A smart business will have only 25% of their gross income as overhead costs but let's make it more realistic and do 50%.  They just netted 120 MILLION DOLLARS in just two years.  I'm thinking I could work for two years and retire on that amount, what about you?

Get off the diet routine, get off the "supplements" that promise to melt fat and change your life.

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