David Cook (davidcook) wrote,
David Cook

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Ever-larger Australians ...

Ok, the "obesity epidemic" thing is getting a little out of hand. It seems that every week, new and more dramatic figures come out ... Look, 40% of Australians are overweight ! Oh no, 50% of Australians are overweight ! Run for the hills, 60% of Australians are overweight !!
(the last seen in an article about people skipping breakfast, in "City Weekly", a free mostly-ads paper distributed around the Melbourne CBD).

Well, I don't buy it. Admittedly, I don't randomly survey people, but I see lots of people in going about my normal day-to-day wanderings, and nowhere near 60% seem to be overweight. I don't know why these figures keep getting escalated and exaggerated, but I think it's getting out of hand. It's quite possible that a fair number of Australians are "overweight" (although they'd better be using something more discriminating than BMI to determine this), but the more the figures inflate, the less likely I am to trust the rest of their "facts and figures".

(Just in case anyone who doesn't know me chances on this, I'm 188 cm, 82-84 kg - BMI of 24 or so, where 25+ is considered overweight. Those who do know me, well, I'm as much a beanpole as ever, I doubt I'm anywhere near actually being overweight ... )

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