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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        • cettel

          Go to hell, spammer!!

      • john

        I know you dont censor comments yourself, but what I’m asking is that you use a comment provider that doesn’t constantly censor idea they don’t like, like Discuss does. They constantly remove my comments and they are well known censors. Please get a neutral comment provider.

        • cettel

          I googled this string: “reader comments” censors disqus
          All I saw was that they eliminate hate-speech. You don’t want them to do that?

          • john

            Of course not, but I don’t spew hate speech and they remove my comments over and over because they don’t agree with my political views. I ended up just not commenting anymore because they censor me so much. I looked this problem up and found that many people have noticed this and there is articles about their censorship and even people saying they put certain commenters on a list which is targeted for removal all the time. . I looked through all my comments that they censored and none of them are spam, hate speech or break any rules. For instance my comment on your article “Seymour Hersh Cracks ‘RussiaGate’ as CIA-Planted Lie — Revenge Against Trump” was removed probably 8 times, I kept coming back and posting just to see if I could get it to post, even changing to show it’s not spam. Every single time it was removed and says “removed” or “detected as spam”. Next time I attempt to comment on your page using Disqus I will screen grab my comment, and then when it is removed I will email you the original so you can see- no hate speech, no spam, no personal attacks, no cuss words- just unwanted ideas.