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Healthy Food Financing Initiative[edit]

I think this act, costing Americans a healthy 400 million dollars, should be documented at the end of the article too. The Healthy Food Financing Initiative was launched recently to address the issue of "food deserts".

Source: http://www.thefoodtrust.org/php/programs/hffi.php — Preceding unsigned comment added by 182.173.72.252 (talk) 19:36, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Untitled[edit]

I thought I might inform anyone editing this article that Trust for America's Health has released its latest report titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2007. Someone might want to incorporate that data into this article.--Jersey Devil 13:17, 1 September 2007 (UTC)


Obesity Prevention in Texas[edit]

As Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, Susan Combs led the fight against the obesity epidemic and took giant steps to keep unhealthy foods off the children’s plates in Texas public schools. Her ground-breaking junk-food ban, which confronted suppliers such as Coca-Cola and Frito-Lay that count on selling to schools to establish brand loyalty in kids, removed soft drinks and fried foods from school cafeterias and caused her to receive numerous honors for her pioneering efforts.

As Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Combs continues her work to reduce childhood obesity through public policy measures, such as the fitness gram program, which requires physical fitness testing for students in grades three through 12. Combs worked hard to get $20 million for fitness programs in Texas schools where at least 75 percent of students were economically disadvantaged. Now, pedometers and exercise equipment help students become more active.

Combs also issued a special research report titled Counting Costs and Calories — Measuring the Cost of Obesity to Texas Employers, which accounts for how severely the costs of obesity affect Texas employers. According to the report, obesity cost Texas businesses an estimated $3.3 billion in 2005 and could cost employers $15.8 billion annually by 2025 if the trend continues unchecked. Nearly two-thirds of the adult population in Texas is overweight or obese. Combs commissioned the report to highlight the direct and indirect costs private Texas companies will bear because of rising rates of obesity, which includes the cost of health care, absenteeism, decreased productivity and disability.

Combs issued a call to action urging Texans to lead the charge and take steps to prevent obesity. One goal includes shifting the focus of health care plans to reduce future costs for preventable diseases by moving from disease treatment to disease prevention. —Preceding unsigned comment added by KayValis (talkcontribs) 20:31, 11 December 2008 (UTC)



Public schools in South Orange County[edit]

For all schools to eliminate sodas isn't it 2008? I go to public high school in South Orange County, and the day they elimante all sodas is June 26, 2008. Actually most schools in Los Angeles-Orange County eliminate soda machines no later than 2005-2006 school year, thats what I've learnt. The middle school long term eliminate soda machines; start the programs for at least 3 or 4 years; mostly one or 2 years proir to the time high schools start the anti-soda machine program. By july 2007 most high schools in California clear out soda machines from campus. Earlier was 2009 but now seems like 2008 right?--Freewayguy Call? Fish 01:08, 10 July 2008 (UTC)

Public schools in Michigan[edit]

My son's school system eliminated sodas in the school and replaced them with "fruit juice", which has just as much sugar as soda. People in the real world call this a "fail". Again. Chuckr30 (talk) 14:42, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

Well-Intentioned Edit[edit]

Obesity in the United States is an extremely important topic; its credibility deserves great attention. I don't want to step on the author's toes, but I added the word "among" to the intro paragraph. Depending on how a reader might interpret what had been written, this article may have contradicted data from a related article on Obesity, Obesity in the Pacific, as well as the data it referenced (from Forbes).[1] Previously, this article had stated that America had the highest obesity rate, but what does that mean? Highest percentage? Highest per capita? Highest rate of growth? One reason that superlatives are easily ignored is that a person can look at seemingly contradictory data and discount both as untrue, and this alarming article on American obesity should not be ignored. Obesity is a real problem, and people need to know that they are in real danger of worsening America's health crisis if we continue on this path of poor health -- leading to ever greater rates of obesity and comorbid health issues (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, etc.) My hope is that by adding the word "among," people hoping to educate themselves are not as likely to immediately disregard this article when an intro-paragraph superlative might, otherwise, appear to be ambiguous/false/misleading. Loki125 (talk) 16:26, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

I'm impressed. Article is still there in 2016. Chuckr30 (talk) 22:39, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

New data[edit]

The current introduction says that there will be 75 % of overweight people in the US in 2015. However, a survey in 2007 showed that this rate was already reached. Should I change this information ? Celyndel (talk) 19:20, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

Please change it with the new date. Delete the 2015 prediction as WP:CRYSTAL. Just someone's hypothesis to draw attention to the problem. Not really encyclopedic. Thanks. Student7 (talk) 20:16, 3 August 2010 (UTC)
Okay, done. Thank you ! Celyndel (talk) 17:08, 5 August 2010 (UTC)
I'm wondering how that data is collected.--Avanent (talk) 02:01, 6 August 2010 (UTC)
A good question. I don't know how the World Health Organization collects their data. I have read that the US studies included 27,000 people "surveyed." Sorry, I don't have a link. But the Forbes stuff is nevertheless WP:RELY. Student7 (talk) 14:50, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
Since this is changing rather dramatically in a short amount of time, we probably ought to be filing old data in a "History" subsection. We don't need to find comments on the change. The reader can figure those out for her/himself. Student7 (talk) 14:54, 9 August 2010 (UTC)


The graph and data on the wiki is misleading and on this website http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov/statistics/ as the bar graphs are combining overweight and obese as one stat then in the next entry only listing obesity (adding 74+36=110% for the two bars. This is extremely misleading as obesity bar is being added twice). To make it valid, you would need to have one bar as overweight and one as obese like the pie chart. "Estimated Percentage by BMI" pie chart. Normal weight 31.2%. Overweight 33.1%. Obesity 35.7%. Extreme obesity 6.3%. There is also the issue that overweight+obesity=68.8% and it says two-thirds but the pie chart has four items on it. Add the pie chart = 6.3+31.2+35.7+33.1=106.3%? really....there is apparent misrepresentation of the data occurring. here is a link to the 1997 data not flawed by nih (says 57%): http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/overweight/overweight.htm (Page last updated: February 3, 2010) Here is a link describing how those stats are made http://appliedresearch.cancer.gov/nhis/ . "The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is a continuous, nationwide in-person survey of approximately 35,000 households, or about 87,500 persons, in the civilian non-institutionalized population. The NHIS over samples African-American and Hispanic respondents." 35K households (87k persons) are determining have overweight we are when there are over 117 million households (300 million persons). Until the sample size is in the 100s millions all this data is bollocks. 24.251.165.64 (talk) 15:28, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Raw 2010 data http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/nhis_2010_data_release.htm 24.251.165.64 (talk) 15:51, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

CDC's collection of Data[edit]

I just wanted to note the way the CDC collects this data is collected. As stated on the CDC website referenced with the maps of Obesity in the US, the data is collected through telephone interviews. While rather inexpensive and easy to do, this is a pretty unreliable way to collect the data. This requires those interviewed to a) be home, and b) be willing to spend their time being interviewed. The more physically active and out-and-about you are, the less likely you are to fit into both of these requirements. It is impressive, and somewhat concerning, to see the longitudinal data... but with the way its collected, I have concerns regarding how valid it is.--Avanent (talk) 02:21, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

Just noticed you'd started a separate thread. You may have a point. But, the data is collected the same way each time. So the only people ever questioned are (supposedly) couch potatoes. While the absolute percentage may be questioned, the fact that the couch potatoes are getting heavier does not seem to be in question. And people cocoon nowdays in the US. The problem is that most people never go out, once home. Leading to a sedentary lifestyle. The times of the telephoning might be germane. I agree that the original study should contain a discussion of possible biases in collection. I have not seen criticism of their approach. Student7 (talk) 15:03, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Picture[edit]

Seriously, imagine that you were that woman and you came here and saw that picture. Is it even legal to have it on this page? 75.221.186.175 (talk) 07:38, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Yes, it is legal. License is given on Image page. 66.183.11.233 (talk) 22:11, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Confusing Intro[edit]

"Obesity in the United States has been increasingly cited as a major health issue in recent decades. While many industrialized countries have experienced similar increases, obesity rates in the United States are among the highest in the world with as of 2007 74.1 % of adults being overweight or obese.

Estimates of the number of obese American adults have been steadily expanding, from 19.4% in 1997, 24.5% in 2004 to 26.6% in 2007."

Maybe it's just me, but this is kind of confusing. Which number reflects the estimated percentage of supposedly overweight adults in the US? Venku Tur'Mukan (talk) 02:07, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

One is "overweight", just slightly above the Body Mass Index for that height. The other figures represent "obese" which is substantially above the BMI. Must we confine ourselves to "obese" here? If so, the "overweight" figures would have to go. But being overweight is a pathway to obesity, so maybe it can stay in the text.
I have just removed it from the intro. Maybe should be inserted in body of article. All lead stuff should be in body anyway. Lead is supposed to be a summary of the rest of the article. Student7 (talk) 13:34, 1 May 2011 (UTC)


The source for this assertion[edit]

Before I get accused of putting in an unsourced assertion when I typed that the United States has the highest rate of obesity in the world, may I say that this website:

http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/hea_obe-health-obesity

does point this out. I also point this out on the talk page of the general article on obesity. ACEOREVIVED (talk) 21:10, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

"Of all countries, the United States has the highest rate of obesity." This statement is unsourced and, even if it were sourced, inaccurate. The data from nation master only accounts for the 28 members of the OECD, not all countries. The most obese country in the world according to the world health organization is Nauru.

http://apps.who.int/bmi/index.jsp — Preceding unsigned comment added by Blueneondot (talkcontribs) 15:52, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

This is no longer true, if it ever was. Note that your source (nationmaster) has a non-working link as its reference. According to the WHO, in 2014 the following countries had combined male/female obesity rates higher than the US: Vanatu, Saudi Arabia, Samoa, Qatar, Oman, Niue, Naurau, Micronesia, Libya, Lebanon, Kuwait, Kiribati, Fiji, Bahrain, and the Bahamas. [1]152.160.76.249 (talk) 15:46, 4 October 2016 (UTC)draypresct

Contributing Factors to Obesity Epidemic[edit]

I am adding information about exercise and physical activity under the sedentary lifestyle's paragraph. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 65.26.85.213 (talk) 22:26, 1 December 2013 (UTC) I will add some information about sedentary life. It looks as if the new "Contributing Factors to Obesity Epidemic" section is merely the "Causes" section added by Lyngale000 a few days back, but with some added citations. It's still written in a very un-wikilike and subjective manner, and the majority of its assertions are still uncited. Possible deletion? 50.64.16.78 (talk) 23:20, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

== This section is extremely important in understanding what can be done about this epidemic. It should not be deleted. In fact, it should be expanded as MANY contributing factors are not included here. We should be adding that Americans eat at restaurants much more often than they did in the past and that restaurant food has more calories, portions, fewer healthy choices, etc. We should add something about our culture which is more individualistic and self-serving than other cultures. We should add that many schools no longer have sports programs. That children do not "hang out" together to play like they once did, not only because of technology but because both parents work, children are home alone or in activities that are not physically active, there are smaller families (the more children, the more likely they are to play together outdoors) and parents are afraid of letting their children go out to the park to play. Parents now also indulge their children more and drive them everywhere instead of letting them walk or ride their bikes, letting them get into the refrigerator whenever they want, giving them too many food choices, etc. There are many other reasons, and these should be explored more in depth. There is research to back up all of it.

It's not that it is wrong. It is written un-encyclopedically. Like a newspaper or television article. I thought I had tried to improve this but the same stuff keeps popping back up. Maybe this will help. Student7 (talk) 15:09, 18 June 2012 (UTC)
Just noticed that this editor (....197) is on the verge of being blocked for disruptive activity/vandalism. (not signing posts either!  :) Student7 (talk) 15:12, 18 June 2012 (UTC)

The section needs to be cleaned up in terms of grammar and punctuation. I'm going to give that a shot. HyggeTime (talk) 15:12, 12 August 2012 (UTC)

The contributing factors that effect the obesity epidemic seem to somewhat skim over the problems that are occurring to possibly cause obesity. I simply added more information on technology and it's role in contributing as well as the cost of targeted commercials/advertisements that are trying make foods considered unhealthy appealing to viewers.§ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Periquito12 (talkcontribs) 19:13, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

Veganism[edit]

Why isn't veganism proposed as a healthy lifestyle choice to combat obesity? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.224.57.80 (talk) 07:20, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Reduced physical activity[edit]

The article completely omits the flip side of over-eating, which is under-exersizing. Cars are the main culprit here. Going shopping by car, dropping kids at school from a car, drive-thrus, etc. Looking at the obesity table one can see that obesity rates are lower either in farmland states where people are working harder, or in big cities, where people walk more and use public transportation instead of comfortably seating in a car. Mikus (talk)

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I noticed that no contributions have been made regarding the correlation between physical inactivity and higher obesity rates. Would anyone take issue with me beginning to work on a section that includes other possible causes besides poor dietary habits? - WP2013

Interesting Accomodations[edit]

I added the section "Interesting Accommodations" to the article because I think that it may be an eye opener for readers who may need more then statistical numbers as proof of the epidemic. This allows insight to everyday products and services being adjusted for customers who are larger in size. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Periquito12 (talkcontribs) 12:51, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

Obesity has affected airlines economy wise and this is not something everybody who flies, in particular know about.Periquito12 (talk) 19:48, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Weight gain vaccine[edit]

I will like to add some information about new vaccines against weight gain. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rosieazu (talkcontribs) 01:12, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

Prevalence: Children and Teens[edit]

The "Children and Teens" sub-section under Prevalence pretty much lists the statistics of the raising number of children and teens who are obese according to their BMI. I added to this sub-section information on the number of children who are considered obese are prone to later developing health problems both physically§ and mentally. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Periquito12 (talkcontribs) 19:48, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

Revealing Autopsies[edit]

I was trying to find information to back up a fact that I had learned in an anatomy class that stated that autospies done on children (roughly between the ages of 5-18) had lead researchers to the conclusion that coronary diseases where no longer only seen in our elder's but now in the youth. The closest information I came to was the autopsies done on young military servicemen and their findings. I added my findings under the subsection of "In The Military". — Preceding unsigned comment added by Periquito12 (talkcontribs) 20:39, 15 November 2013 (UTC)


Epidemiology[edit]

I will like to add obesity as a disease in the epidemiology section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rosieazu (talkcontribs) 01:22, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

Great. Please ensure you have a WP:RS for this addition. (Must have been approved by the medical community). Student7 (talk) 16:51, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

Tasty = Profitable?[edit]

A sentence reads "As a general rule, optimizing the amount of salt, sugar and fat in a product will improve its palatability, and profitability." Strictly speaking, adding ingredients is more costly. I understand what the editor is trying to say: The more tasty, the more sales, the higher the profit. But it really skips some of the logic. "The tastier, the higher the sales. Tastier means adding sugar, fat and salt, relatively inexpensive items." I realize this is too long, but the direct connection needs to be made IMO. If I add caviar and market it at the same price, I might make it "tastier" but might not make a profit at all. Student7 (talk) 19:29, 27 November 2013 (UTC)

Contributing factors to obesity epidemic[edit]

Oddly enough, Wikipedia is neither in favor nor opposes obesity! We need to be careful about inserting "cures" or "possible" causes. Smacks of WP:NOTHOW. (It may be okay to enter this information if supported as a "cure" or preventative for a disease, but that would mean the source should be medical and authoritative, not merely sociological. Student7 (talk) 21:05, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Blaming donuts?[edit]

I was looking at the diet section which tries to explain the problems with the diets that lead to obesity but there is no mention of FAST FOOD! Here the paragraph says "Many of America’s favorite foods, including hamburgers, french fries, and doughnuts, are high in carbohydrate content. These foods are relatively easy to make and many are deep fried. Many children frequently demand that these foods be included in their diet." While it's true there are a lot of fried foods, blaming 3 items is not giving the whole picture (is this a joke?). Also, why does it matter if kids want junk food (this does not explain adult obesity)? Is there a source?

It's not rocket science to see a correlation with the introduction and convenience of fast food and the rise of obesity. I'm not watching over this article (just passing by) but there should be some info added here about fast food. So I've gone and added info about increasing portion sizes and more info about fast food and its lack of nutritional items. Not stellar stuff but at least it is a start. It is kind of shocking to not see fast food written about on an article about obesity in the US!!! I'm barely adding info into it but it should be expanded upon very largely because it is a huge topic. --South19 (talk) 16:34, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

Diet[edit]

The subsection "Diet" suggests an improved subsection that would contain the entire diet of the United States, hopefully summarized into "Meat - x pounds - y calories, Vegetable - a pounds - b calories" for a terse but complete summary. Some federal government agency produces this. At least by pounds of consumption, if not by calories. Caloric consumption would demonstrate that we, on average, are eating too much.

A bit too much focus on material, and not much on the moral character necessary to live in a real world. "Guns kill, anger plays no part. General Mills makes me fat, my intake of food plays no part. It's all their fault. I'm poor because of the evil rich, not because I play the lottery, smoke, and drink." I agree that the afflicted, in whatever way, deserve as much help and sympathy as we can give. But presenting it here in an encyclopedia needs to demonstrate some neutrality and more restraint. Student7 (talk) 00:29, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

See, for example, http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/05/john-cisna-mcdonalds-diet_n_4545940.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living&ir=Healthy+Living which purports to document a science teacher losing weight by eating at McDonald's (but paying attention to what he was eating). Student7 (talk) 02:07, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

adding something to the elderly[edit]

I would like to add to the obesity in the elderly section: Worldwide, the elderly population is increasingly becoming obese regardless of socio-economic status. among elderly persons, obesity increases the risk for a variety of morbidity conditions including cancers, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, osteoarthritis, depression, disability, and lower scores on quality of life measures. Obesity has been linked to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive decline. Obesity significantly increases healthcare costs and and nursing homes are currently ill equipped to address the needs of the rising number of obese residents.Sleeper7997 (talk) 01:25, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

which is part of the abstract for the paper "Obesity: What is an elderly population growing into?" (by H M Salihu et al, and which appears e.g. here), which is not obviously either released into the public domain or released via a Wikipedia-compatible copyleft license and which can therefore be presumed to be conventionally copyright, which you added, and which I have just now removed. -- Hoary (talk) 23:00, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

Obesity Medicine[edit]

There is a an emerging field in medicine called "Obesity Medicine", and there is a new board examination to physicians in this field, the American Board of Obesity Medicine. I would like to add this to this page. Or, should this be its own page? Thanks 05:17, 28 October 2014 (UTC)fstanfordmd — Preceding unsigned comment added by Fstanfordmd (talkcontribs)

diet link[edit]

what do you think about adding a section on links to dietary food websites?Sleeper7997 (talk) 05:53, 28 November 2014 (UTC)

A terrible idea, for several reasons. -- Hoary (talk) 14:11, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
There's no need for that. Please also read the external links policy. Mindmatrix 14:49, 28 November 2014 (UTC)
A good question because it gives all of us oldtimers a soapbox on which to lecture others about non-WP:TOPIC. Also, Wikipedia takes no WP:POV. We neither favor nor oppose obesity. If we added dietary topics, then we'd have to add a balancing section on how to gain weight/gain large amounts of weight!  :) Student7 (talk) 21:04, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Pregnancy[edit]

Prior to 1970 or so, women were told to limit their weight gain during pregnancy to twenty pounds. After childbirth, they quickly returned to their former weight (not as many obese women then). To avoid complications from underweight babies, women were told, after 1970 or so, to expect to gain forty pounds. They lost about 20 at child birth, leaving the remainder to be lost at some "later" time. This sort of solved the pediatrician's problem, and resulted in fewer deaths from underweight babies, but caused a heck of a lot of problems for women IMO. This should be mentioned somewhere. IMO. Student7 (talk) 21:20, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Direction of article lead too preachy ?[edit]

I'm thinking this article is too much self-beating preachy and too little encyclopedic. The title led me to think this would be about local variation from the worldwide generic Obesity article, either that Obesity is defined differently such as JAMA and CDC variations from WHO in numbers or approach or stance (e.g. classification as disease), or US-specific measuring and treatment techniques. That is, if there even are differences -- I can see CDC definition and CDC BMI table but do not know how these are relative to WHO.

But the article body has a few parts that seem disconnected and just making dramatic stances. :

  • Lead mismatch to article : the header isn't a summary of content nor is it describing the scope of the article, it is a generalism that we're bad ... to me this is wrong and only made worse that the cite used for it is a photo of large woman going thru turnstile and that para 2 then repeats the theme of we're bad in a better way just makes me think why have para 1 at all.
  • Stat-agendas: obesity by state I can sort of see, but obesity by race or by children seem just crusade inserts
  • Epidemiology overload: Having Epidemiology here seems in competition/conflict with it in Obesity or Epidemiology and what is different or why was there not enough already with Epidemiology of obesity and Epidemiology of childhood obesity ?

I'm thinking that decent steps for this would be to start with the lead a couple minor steps ...

  • Condense Lead start - I don't like the 'we're bad' nature, it should start with what 'in US' is that needs a separate article at all, but first step seems to at least put para 1 and 2 together so it's not immediately reiterating itself.
  • Move lead paras down - put paragraphs 3 and 4 down with the other Prevalence stats. I don't see why we need number accuracy down to to tenth of a percent at all, but the lead certainly shouldn't be dragging thru the level of detail 2010 versus 2008 versus 2004 etcetera.

Do folks in general agree with those two adjustments ? Dispute the premise ? I'll welcome TALK on the topic of 'what the hey is this 'in US' article about anyway ...' Markbassett (talk) 14:03, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Obesity and Stress[edit]

Hello, I’m interested on adding additional information on this article about stress as a determinant of obesity. There exist some reasons for stress leading to obesity. Since many times overeating is the result of stress. I think that if I add information about stress leading to obesity could be beneficial to the article. So people will know that maybe they need to get their stress under control before starting on a diet or planning to lose weight.Tvnina (talk) 00:26, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Food Labeling[edit]

Food labeling would beneficial if the information is update. I found this information that can be added to the section. "it is estimated that nearly one-third of the calories consumed by Americans come from food prepared outside the home. In light of these trends, legislation under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, requires retail food establishments with 20 or more locations (doing business under the same name and offering essentially the same food items), to provide calorie information for standard menu items (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, 2013). According to a preliminary regulatory impact analysis by the Office of Regulations Policy and Social Science, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, these menu labeling requirements "should help consumers to make more informed choices about the nutritional content of the food they purchase" and "should help consumers limit excess calorie intake and understand how the foods that they purchase at these establishments fit within their daily caloric and other nutritional needs"Tvnina (talk) 01:17, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Parents causing obesity[edit]

As I was reading the article there’s nothing about how obesity starts, which in a reliable source it emphasizes parents are the start of their children becoming overweight. When they’re raised in a specific environment it becomes harder when they get older to change, which causes them to be obese when they enter adulthood. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cowboysss77 (talkcontribs) 00:50, 13 October 2015 (UTC)

Although it may seem to make sense that parents have control over their children's weight, that is not readily proven to be true. Genetics seem to play a more important role, and the development of gut flora also is a factor not controlled by parents. In the past, many families had a mix of normal-weight, over-weight and under-weight children; with the average couple now conceiving 1.3 children, the variations are not as pronounced. 2601:1C1:C201:273F:C425:4640:2183:7409 (talk) 01:26, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Not a disease[edit]

Note that there is no template "infobox disease." Therefore, we should not be inferring that it is a disease, at contretemps with the medical profession, who appear to label it a series of habits (psychological) rather than a disease with a single cure, such as a pill. Student7 (talk) 17:28, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

There is an {{infobox disease}} at the Obesity article. Of course, the geographically limited phenomenon of Obesity in the United States isn't, in itself, a disease. Not that the presence or absence of infoboxes in Wikipedia itself is a reliable source to state whether something is a disease, in any case... It has, however, an entry in DiseasesDB]. LjL (talk) 17:40, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

clarification[edit]

During the early 21st century, America often contained the highest percentage of obese people in the world.

Not even sure what this is saying, the language is extremely vague. 2crudedudes (talk) 00:12, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

New CDC report[edit]

Mapsax (talk) 16:14, 12 November 2015 (UTC)

Sleep deprivation and obesity[edit]

Sleep deprivation has been a result in people becoming obese. It's stated that people who don't get as much sleep seem to eat more, because it disrupts the balance of key hormones that control your appetite. Also that people who don't get as much sleep are to tired to exercise in order to stay fit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cowboysss77 (talkcontribs) 18:12, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

Obesity and pregnancy[edit]

Being overweight causes use to have a high BMI which makes it harder for you to get pregnant. Having a BMI of anything over 30 considers you obese. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cowboysss77 (talkcontribs) 21:22, 7 December 2015 (UTC)

Data issues in the section entitled 'Prevalence by State'[edit]

The data in the table under "Prevalence by State" are incorrect. For example, Colorado is listed 51st, with an adult obesity rate of 21.0%, while Hawaii, Connecticut, and Massachusetts are ranked 50th, 49th, and 48th, respectively, but their obesity rates are listed as lower (20.7%, 20.8%, and 20.9%, respectively). I don't know where these data came from but they do not add up. Furthermore, the maximum overweight plus obesity value is listed as 67.4% (Mississippi), while it is known that as of 2014 the overweight/obese average in the US is about 75%. These state-by-state values must be quite old. I would suggest deleting these incorrect data or correcting the values using a valid, recent source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Neuron Doc (talkcontribs) 18:42, 14 August 2017 (UTC)

Outdated Statistics[edit]

Hi everyone, I'm a new wikipedia user and editor. I'd like to update the CDC statistics throughout the beginning of the article as well as add to the section of the age group of the elderly in relation to proper lift equipment, rates in the elderly, and adding the definition of sarcopenic obesity. I'm interested in updating the article as a healthcare worker that has seen an increase in bariatric elderly and post-surgical patients in my field. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ShrewdNervousBird90 (talkcontribs) 01:01, 10 October 2017 (UTC)