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Overweight Quickly Becoming the New Female Norm

We all know how startling the latest obesity trend numbers are. It’s estimated that 38 states in the United States have an obesity rate of 25 percent in its population. It turns out, this increase in obesity is having a negative impact on societal norms. In fact, being overweight may be the new norm for women!

According to new research from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, more overweight women inaccurately perceive their body weight — but instead of these girls thinking of themselves as being heavier than they actually are (what you normally think of women doing), they are actually doing the opposite and categorizing themselves as at a “normal” or “healthy” weight, when in fact, they are not. The research will be published in the December issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and scientists say that this self-perception switch may make many women vulnerable to cardiovascular and other obesity-related diseases.


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Male Obesity Causes Pregnancy Problems

Trying to conceive? New research shows that couples using reproductive technology may have more difficulty in achieving a pregnancy if the father is overweight.

After allowing for several factors, such as the mother’s body mass index, every 5-unit increase in the father’s BMI was associated with a 28 percent decrease in successful pregnancy. This information was released in a study done by Dr. Zaher Merhi of Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. The study saw no difference in either sperm concentration or quality, and 3 day embryo quality was identical. There are plans to investigate the quality of 5 day embryos with further research.
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America Is Global Leader in Obesity

This September, we’ve seen a lot of initiatives to improve school lunches as back-to-school coincides with National Childhood Obesity Awareness month. Jillian Michaels urged Congress to pass a bill to improve school lunches, The Great American Salad Bar Project was launched by Ann Cooper and Michelle Obama continues to promote her Let’s Move! campaign.

While all these initiatives are exciting, they are also a reminder of how far America has to go before it can consider its population healthy and fit. As the chart by Paul Kendrosky below illustrates, the U.S. is the most overweight nation in the world. Just under 70 percent of our population is overweight. We’re followed by England and Spain. If this trend prediction is correct, 75 percent of Americans will be overweight within ten years.


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Americans Are Fatter than They Think

Americans Underestimate Their Weight Class It’s been shown that overweight kids underestimate their weight, but fresh research now shows that adults have the same problem. A new study says that 30 percent of overweight Americans think they are a normal, but 70 percent of people who are obese think they are just overweight.

The survey was conducted by HealthDay and Harris Healthcare. Researchers asked participants to place themselves in a weight class, from normal, overweight, obese and morbidly obese. The responses were then compared to the participants’ BMI. The survey consistently showed that Americans tend to underestimate their weight category. Sixty percent of those who are morbidly obese said that they are simply obese.


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Salon Overcharges Overweight Customers

Nail PolishNail salons are typically a place to relax and celebrate beauty, but for Michelle Fonville of Dekalb, Georgia, her services at Natural Nails on Covington Highway left her feeling humiliated and hurt.

Fonville said that on Monday, August 16, 2010 the salon manager, Kim Tran, gave her a bill for a manicure, pedicure and an eyebrow arch and it was then that she noticed she had been over charged by $5.

“I said, ‘I’ve been overcharged. She may have made an error,’” Fonville told WSBTV. “She broke it down, then told me she charged me $5 more because I was overweight.” Fonville was appalled and tried to reason with Tran.

“I said, Ma’am, you can’t charge me $5 more. That’s discrimination because of my weight,” said Fonville.
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