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Monday, September 4th 2006

"We're Too Fat. Now To The Opera."

The 10th International Congress on Obesity (who knew it existed) has labeled the growing number of overweight people a looming epidemic. Immediately following that anouncement they headed to the opera.

It is certainly a problem in America (at least one thing we’re a world leader in).

From the Seattle PI (second link),

Zimmet, a diabetes expert at Australia’s Monash University, said there are now more overweight people in the world than the undernourished, who number about 600 million.

There is some “good” news. Of the 300 million obese people (there are three times as many overweight – WHO estimate) individuals on the planet, about 3 million of them can actually say, “It’s genetic! I’m just big boned!

STOCKY people battling the bulge may legitimately be able to put their predicament down to being big-boned, according to new research presented at the International Congress on Obesity in Sydney.

While the news that a genetic defect causes an increase in fat, muscle mass and bone density may come as a welcome excuse for some, the downside is that it only accounts for about 1 per cent of obese people.

“Approximately one in 100 people with clinical obesity defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30, may have an MC4R gene problem which explains their obesity,” said British researcher Dr Sadaf Farooqi.

Here’s the abstract.