What's Fit? What's Fat? What's Ideal?
If you read what respected individuals and organizations say about
weight loss, it seems simple. Across the board, the sensible
advice is to eat a balanced diet, keep portions reasonable
and exercise regularly. But for complex, diverse reasons,
maintaining a healthy weight is anything but simple for many
to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than
half of Americans are overweight, which is defined as having
a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater. Obesity, defined
as an excessively high amount of body fat compared to lean
muscle mass, is on the rise too. To give some examples: in
the year 2000, 15 to 19% of residents of Minnesota were obese,
compared to fewer than 10 percent in 1985. In Ohio, more than
20 percent of residents were obese in 2000, compared with
10 to 14% in 1985.
study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has
shown that childhood obesity is on the rise as well. From
1986 to 1998, obesity increased 21.5 percent among African-American
children, 21.8 percent for Hispanic children and 12.3 percent
among non-Hispanic white children.