Obesity becomes worldwide epidemic, US is the fattest

by Paul Bedard | Jul 26, 2017   / Washington Examiner

click to read entire article –Life threatening obesity has become a worldwide epidemic, with 711 million overweight around the globe led by French fry loving Americans. A detailed report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine is winning alarmed attention in Washington because it finds that American children and adults are leading the obesity parade. Obesity is no secret in the U.S., but the continued domestic epidemic, especially after the former Obama administration declared war on it, is alarming officials.

While the Journal looked at the global situation, a Harvard University analysis of the new report highlighted the U.S. problem based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their analysis said, "About 38 percent of U.S. adults aged 20 and older are obese as are more than 17 percent of children aged 6 to 11, federal data shows.”

Overweight Minnesotans are among those who are ditching the dietFewer people are trying to lose weight amid a backlash against dieting and growing acceptance of being fat. 

By Allie Shah  / Star Tribune JULY 20, 2017 

click to read entire article–Fresh Approach: Jocelyn Steinke, who has ditched dieting and believes weight is not the only measure of good health, climbed stairs for exercise at Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis.

Name a diet and chances are Jocelyn Steinke has tried it.

For years, the 38-year-old Minneapolis woman obsessed over her weight, cutting calories, pushing herself to run even though she hated it and depriving herself of certain foods — all in the name of good health.

“Every time I would diet, I was trying to get down to 145 pounds. But I could never get below 155,” said Steinke, who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and says she weighed 270 pounds in February at her last doctor’s appointment.

Some diets worked at first. But always, she would regain everything she’d lost and more.

“You get to the point where you kill your metabolism,” Steinke said.

That’s when she decided to take a different approach: She stopped trying to lose weight.

Steinke has lots of company. Fewer Americans are trying to lose weight compared with three decades ago, according to a surprising study published recently in the Journal of American Medical Association.

This comes at a time when obesity rates nationwide are still climbing, along with chronic diseases linked to obesity………………..

A lot of women are saying ‘I’m not doing this anymore, I want my life back,’ ” Eikenberry said of the no-diet revolution. “The diet industry was always able to say you failed when actually it was the diet that failed.”…………………...

“It’s ditching the diet mentality,” she explained. “A lot of dieters are listening to external cues about what and when to eat. I liken it to GPS. You lose that skill of tuning into your own body cues. Our bodies are really good at maintaining a stable weight by letting us know when we’re hungry and when we’ve had enough to eat. I work with clients to improve their relationship with food so they can trust their body and listen to themselves more about when to eat and what to eat.”

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