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Want a clever sequel? How about a third runner in this race, the disappearing north polar ice cap. It is disappearing at a rapid pace now, should be one of the main topics of conversation in the election, and there are certain Americans still in denial about it.
Americans are getting fatter - no doubt. (Unless of course you don't believe in science0. But here's the thing: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the Affordable Care Act have been running public service announcements showing people what 10 or 15 extra pounds feels like and the impact on their bodies. Why? This is part of the Affordable Care Act many people seem to despise. Part of the act is to increase awareness and educate to prevent obesity. A dollar worth of prevention is worth a thousand dollars in providing health care. It's one way this administration is trying to reduce our "bloated" health care system and its related cost.
Before we all go nuts on this - what is obese? I am not ready to jump on the "obese" bandwagon just yet - I want to see something more accurately describing excess fat - like percentage of body fat... Why? My son who played football at the U was 225 and 6' 2" and the doctor's chart at the time said he was borderline morbidly obese - at 6% body fat? My ideal body weight at 6'3 so that I am not considered obese? 168 lbs. At 205 lbs zero body fat weight, I have to drop 40 pounds of muscle and bone in order to not contribute to the obese numbers of the chart? Thus we need a better measure than the BMI or the pinch test... Not saying that many Americans don't look like they are carrying more fat than would seem healthy, but few 165 lb 6'3 males over the age of 14 are hardly at a healthy weight.
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