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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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Kevin Smith Forced Off Airplane for Being Too Fat to Fly

kevin smithOn par with unruly behavior or carrying a potential terrorist weapon, we can now add being too overweight as one of the possible reasons for getting booted off of an airplane.

Just this past Saturday, director Kevin Smith was asked to de-board a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank, California because, ahem, his bum was encroaching on the seats of his neighboring passengers, which according to Southwest Airlines regulations, posed a safety hazard to his fellow passengers.

Southwest said in an official statement that his removal was for the “safety and comfort of all customers.” The airlines also extended their “heartfelt apologies” to Smith.


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Tune In: Weight Discrimination on The Tyra Show

tyra banks showTune in this Monday, October 5 to The Tyra Show to hear an honest and opinionated discussion on weight discrimination.  Arguing that weight bias might be one of the last forms of unspoken forms of discrimination, Tyra opens her stage to a panel of real women who are overweight or who have strong views on those who are overweight.

Tune in to witness women air their very frank thoughts about how they really feel about other women’s sizes.
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