Obesity rate in U.S. climbs higher


The obesity rate in the U.S. has increased to 27.7% to mark the highest level since Gallup starting tracking height and weight in 2008.

The link between obesity and high healthcare costs has teed up the development as a political issue.

The group which takes the brunt of the criticism over obesity is the soft drink industry (KO, PEP, DPS, COT, MNST).

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  • CCCB
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    Actual people has to move a little more than they do. They could be on1000cal. diet and not lose weight just playing video games.
    22 May 2014, 07:52 AM Reply Like
  • Pillpoppinpuppy
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    Correlates with the rise to 11 million on disability. Fundamentally transforming America. Looks like Michelle's program to deal with obesity has failed. How much did that cost us?
    22 May 2014, 07:53 AM Reply Like
  • bgold1955
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    Probably about the same as "Just Say No".
    22 May 2014, 08:21 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    NVO
    22 May 2014, 08:02 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Yup. Long it for the domestic and international play on diabetes management. Should have bought more last year in the $150s (before the split).
    22 May 2014, 08:54 AM Reply Like
  • Investing Doc
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    I was gonna say, shouldn't this be about NVO and SNY? Possibly JNJ and LLY as well?
    22 May 2014, 12:24 PM Reply Like
  • Income4Sail
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    Leeeeeeets see here. So we have record unemployment due to... YEP you guessed it, that same administration that wants to "eliminate" obesity. LOTS of people, sitting around collecting unemployment. So in their usual SOP, it is always "Someone else' fault". Lets blame an entire industry! Because they SURELY visited each and every one of these poor unemployed sods, and FORCE FED them sugary beverages until they became obese.

     

    The message is getting old. It was stale from the beginning. Only the obozobots still "believe". Coming over the teleprompter now......
    22 May 2014, 08:29 AM Reply Like
  • Capt Jack Daniels
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    The candy makers probably have a better lobbyist than the soda guys.

     

    You don't see the same outrage over chocolate manufacturers or even say ice cream makers or dessert companies.

     

    When I see Ben & Jerry's get raked over the coals like Coke does, but you know what Coke is it's own worst enemy with all their enabling and advertising against themselves.

     

    Calories are calories and if you consume more than you burn, you're going to most likely gain pounds and sizes.

     

    To unfairly target one group of sugar and not the others is wrong.
    22 May 2014, 08:50 AM Reply Like
  • Buyandhold 2012
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    "The group that takes the brunt of the criticism over obesity is the soft drink industry."

     

    Frankly, I am getting sick and tired of people constantly blaming others for their problems. Whatever happened to individual responsibility? I'm fat because Coca-Cola makes fattening drinks. Did anyone hold a gun to your head and force you to drink Coca-Cola?

     

    I have a few words of advice for fat people. Stop blaming Coca-Cola and McDonald's for the fact that you are fat. Instead of ordering another Big Mac, large order of fries and large Coke, get up off your butt and take a ten mile walk.
    Or as my favorite gym teacher used to say to us: "Move it, lardass!"
    22 May 2014, 08:53 AM Reply Like
  • csymalla
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    That is such an old outdated view of obesity. It is much more complex than will power.
    24 May 2014, 10:30 AM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    http://bit.ly/1ofzBfE
    24 May 2014, 10:38 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    Honestly, maintaining a healthy weight is not that hard. I don't care what my doctor says. Yeah right, I'm 5'7, 69 kg, and I am overweight and need to watch out for obesity. I have a banana, apple, toast, and a glass of orange juice (and yes, that's a (PEP) product) for breakfast, cereal and nuts for lunch with coffee for lunch (cheap lunch), and a spinach salad, some kind of meat (chicken or fish), and veggies for dinner.

     

    I do not walk 10 miles. I probably walk a mile or two a day but throughout the day. I play basketball (fun stuff) when I have time. Sitting too much makes you fat and is not good for your spine. You need to move. If you don't burn as many calories as you intake, then you get fat.

     

    (MCD) and (KO) are also expensive. A meal for four at (MCD) costs $20. And if you buy a bottle of (KO) from the vending machine, that is $1.25 a bottle.

     

    One thing, which is not just (MCD) and (KO), is that the food industry adds chemicals in foods to make you want to buy more. Diet soda has a chemical to make you want to drink more. My German friend started drinking diet soda to lose weight. In five years, she was nearly twice her size.
    24 May 2014, 12:54 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    "Without Chemicals, Life Itself would be Impossible"
    24 May 2014, 05:31 PM Reply Like
  • 1980XLS
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    Too many food stamp dollars=too many calories

     

    http://bit.ly/1tomwAm
    22 May 2014, 08:54 AM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    People over eat for a reason! They are missing something in their lives so they know eating satisfies a craving. They have a craving, not for food, but the eat anyway. The get fat, feel bad about themselves, have a craving and eat more.
    22 May 2014, 08:58 AM Reply Like
  • illinoisguy
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    "The group which takes the brunt of the criticism over obesity is the soft drink industry." Because, as we all know, no such criticism can be levelled at Actual Consumers; or for that matter confectioners, bakers, fast food producers, the convenience food industry, the fake-diet pill purveyors, the foodie TV shows and all the other glorifiers of excess consumption. Hey, bigger is better in our way of life. Who needs self-control and moderation? Now let's go for pizza.
    22 May 2014, 08:59 AM Reply Like
  • Gasdude
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    Let's not forget the proliferation of technology that has made getting up seem like a "chore". Shouldn't Amazon and social media companies be blamed for reducing our desire to get out of the house to go walk at the mall and communicate with our friends. How about video game companies that reduce the desire for kids to play outside since they can play virtual games at home in a sedentary manner. Please stop blaming the soda industry folks. Blame ourselves.
    22 May 2014, 09:36 AM Reply Like
  • quinnman
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    I'm shocked. Hasn't Michelle been working sooo hard on this issue
    22 May 2014, 09:42 AM Reply Like
  • Mat Litalien
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    Yes, blame it on the soft drink group, whose carbonated beverages are in a downtrend as more people have turned to healthier alternatives. Soda consumption is trending downwards and obesity is going up. Why always point the finger at companies. I've been a regular consumer of sodas, fast food and healthy foods, it's all about moderation. That being said at 35, I am still engaged in physical activity through sports (hockey, soccer) and am engaged with my kids in sport. Get off your butts away from video games, TV, mobile devices and go play outside...kids and adults alike!
    22 May 2014, 10:19 AM Reply Like
  • Michael Bryant
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    Stop drinking diet soda. "Women who drank one 12-ounce diet soda had a 33 percent increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, and women who drank one 20-ounce soda had a 66 percent increased risk."
    http://huff.to/1tp202A
    22 May 2014, 11:57 AM Reply Like
  • somedata1
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    I blame it on the Internet. The group which takes the brunt of the criticism over obesity is:
    (GOOG,MSFT,AAPL)
    22 May 2014, 09:26 PM Reply Like
  • csymalla
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    If I could infer a bit from the comments:

     

    It surprises me how many people are gung-ho about the government promoting home ownership by giving a tax break on interest paid on a mortgage, but are not OK with government dissuading consuming sugar water by increasing taxes on it.

     

    can't have it both ways folks and remain consistent in your beliefs.
    24 May 2014, 10:36 AM Reply Like
  • The Delivery Guy
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    Simple, I don't want them to dissuade me from anything that is none of their damn business. But as soon as government got in the healthcare business they were going to use COST as an excuss to CONTROL our behavior on things that is none of their concern and any attempt to infringe on the freedom of individuals needs to be rebuked.
    23 Jul 2014, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • Neva Spell
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    I'd like to rethink white SUGAR so, I'm eating it again and I feel better . . .
    10 Jul 2014, 10:53 AM Reply Like
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