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Published: Tuesday, Sept. 18 2012 8:00 a.m. MDT

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Tooele, UT

Re: "Report: Nearly half of all Utahns will be overweight by 2030"

Awww. I'll be overweight long before that.

But why are "Levi and his colleagues push[ing] policy changes . . . ?" Why is it any of bloated, overweight government's business?

West Jordan, UT

How many extrapolations are ever correct. As a general rule, do not extrapolate more than 10% of the sample data. If you have 50 years of data, not try to predict what is happening more than 5 years out. By going out further you run the risk of wildly inconsistent values that lead to headlines like "by 2030 half of Utahns will be obese" or "by the year 2300 half of America will be underwater." Sounds fantastic, doesn't it? Is it likely to happen? No, not really.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

I've heard too much rationale lately saying that the BMI charts are outdated and incorrect. This leads to me thinking that I'm just fine when BMI says I'm overweight. It's time we quit rationalizing our way to weight problems, diabetes, and eventually death.

California Steve
Hanford, CA

More fodder for Michelle Obama to tell us what we can and can't eat.

Mesa, 00

I hate the word obese. I prefer something more politically correct, like....maximum density. Much more scientific.

South Jordan, UT

The amount of ice cream and soft drinks I see consumed here in Utah truly amazes me. I guess they make up for the coffee, tea, beer that are more common in other states (I recently move here from CA). Obesity projected to increase here doesn't surprise me at all. Wake up people!

Brigham City, UT

The article never defined "overweight". Does that mean heavier than average? Wouldn't 50% always be heavier than average?

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

I'm not over-weight, I'm just under-tall.

It's a symptom of a declining economy: we're all working so hard just to survive we eat conveniently and don't have time to exercise.

Cache county, USA

Who is more happy, a fat man with a wife and kids, with many smiles all day long.
Or a skinny man with no kids, or wife, that likes to flex his muscles, and talk about his workouts?
Personally I could care less. I just wish the Feds would steer clear of our lives.
If I want a donut, by goodness I will eat it.


Yes, so lets start forcing our children to eat healthy because forcing someone to make the right choice is always the right way to go! (note sarcasm)
BMI charts are baloney. My bro in law, and I are the same height. My shoulders are about two to three inches broader than his, my hip bones are a good one to two inches wider. Yet we should still weigh the same according to BMI charts, unless they've come out with new charts that allow for different shaped bodies. We will never weigh the same. I would look sickly if I weighed what he does and he would be dead if he weighed what I weigh. Could I stand to lose a few pounds? SUre, but I don't need the feds to pay someone to tell me this. Waste of taxes.

Roberts, ID

If I choose to be Fat or if someone else makes that choice, it's our choice and NOT someone else's business.

cherokee heart
fresno, CA

mmm...I just got a craving for a cup cake havnt had one in years ,but now that I saw this mmmm....and some of those other dodads

cherokee heart
fresno, CA

mmm that looks so good, i havnt had a cup cake in years, but now that i saw this mmm and some of those other doodads, o well i can always diet tomorrow, going to the bakery right now!!

Orem, UT

If "government" is going to pay for our health care, then of course they will have a right to tell us what we can and cannot eat and to try to make us exercise whether we want to or not. What a crazy thing to imagine. I'd rather buy my own health care, thank you anyway, and be in charge of my own eating and exercising choices.

UT Brit
London, England

When I lived in Utah I would hear members proudly proclaim that they had never watched an R rated movie or never drank a coke but they were quite clearly obese. Now, I am not a bishop but I fail to understand how one cup of coffee can stop someone having a temple recommend but destroying your body by over eating is somehow okay.

Members of the LDS church we need to follow all of the word of wisdom, i.e. having a good diet.


I would rather be the fit, healthy man who will spend more time with his wife and kids because statistically speaking I will live longer than someone who is overweight. Does that not sound like the better option?

Burlington, CT

Don't worry Utah. You are not alone. From the Hartford CT Courant: The percentage of obese Connecticut residents could double in the next 18 years, according to a new report, but even if it did, the state still would have one of the lowest obesity rates in the country.

Those estimates can be found in the annual "F as in Fat" report released Tuesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America 's Health.

For the first time, the report includes analysis that forecasts adult obesity rate in each state and the likely resulting rise in obesity-related disease rates and health care costs. According to the report, the percentage of obese people in the state is expected to rise from the 24.5 percent it was in 2011 to 46.5 percent by 2030.

Salt Lake City, UT

In some cultures people drink when they gather together and alcohol abuse is common. In others they eat and obesity is rampant. A change in societal attitudes toward high calorie foods and the all you can eat mentality would be a good place to start. Restaurants that advertise "endless fries" and other nonsense should be called out by individuals. Pop Tarts for breakfast are advertised as so sweet your children will love them. Government's role in promoting public health is ambiguous. In NYC you cannot buy a large sugared drink, but you can buy cigarettes.

Cache county, USA

Ut Brit
I agree.
But the way this world is going, do you want to be 90 years old these days?

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Actually muscle is more dense than fat, so let’s go with “maximum spatiality”

I guess moderation in all things does not apply to food.

Wally Ballou
Cedar City, UT

You know, if we would just go ahead and define "obese" as any adult weighing over 90 pounds, we could cut to the chase and all be obese right now. Why wait?

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