OECD: Americans Are World’s Fattest People

Eric Zuesse


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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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  • kimyo

    An Epidemic of Obesity: U.S. Obesity Trends

    In 1990, obese adults made up less than 15 percent of the population in most U.S. states. By 2010, 36 states had obesity rates of 25 percent or higher, and 12 of those had obesity rates of 30 percent or higher. (1)

    Today, nationwide, roughly two out of three U.S. adults are overweight or obese (69 percent) and one out of three is obese (36 percent).

    what happened in the 90’s?: Folic Acid Food Fortification—Its History, Effect, Concerns, and Future Directions

    In the United States, mandatory fortification of enriched cereal grain products with folic acid was authorized in 1996 and fully implemented in 1998.

    japan, korea and most european countries don’t fortify wheat. they occupy the top part of the oecd chart above, with the lowest rates of obesity.

    the countries which fortify wheat are all at the bottom: the u.s., great britain, canada, australia, new zealand (inaccurately portrayed in the following map, nz DOES fortify wheat products).

    there is a genetic variant known as mthfr, which has been linked to diabetes-associated disease. estimates of the prevalance of this genetic arrangement range between 12 – 40% of the population. these people cannot effectively process folic acid (the laboratory-created ‘substitute’ for natural folate).

    accompanying the explosion in obesity is a similar one in diabetes. the image below shows that something changed in the late 90’s. prior to then new diabetes diagnoses were ~155k / year. post ’98, the number of new cases each year rose to ~750k.

    the possible link between folic acid supplementation and the diabetes/obesity epidemic should be examined. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5dff2fd722fab70cf065464e544f370a6416c547b5d8a5dec2f0e4315dd76fd1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7cd77ff6d8922ac88aa543a9644a6a4bdaa6a809c1700259efb9fb9e4c494fdf.png

  • john

    Eric, would you please add another way to comment other that Disqus? Disqus constantly censors my comments and there is a bunch articles on this if you just google the topic. I’m sure there is a comments service that you could use that believes in free speech and doesn’t remove comments that contain no cuss words or personal attacks, just ideas that are outside the established reality.

    • cettel

      I have no idea regarding ‘censorship’ of any reader-comments at washingtonsblog (other than spam). Look at the boldfaced “Contact Us” in the column here to the right, just above “Syndication.” Send your email to this site’s administrator, and explain what ‘censorship’ you experienced. That person will answer your inquiry. I know nothing about the matter.

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