Monday, January 12, 2009

Big, Fat Facts From "The World Is Fat"

Barry Popkin's book about the global obesity epidemic, called "The World Is Fat," contains a lot of detail about why so many are so overweight. US News' Katherine Hobson wrote up a list of facts from the book, including:
* The average American gets 400 calories a day from beverages. (Note: Spartan Dieters get 0 calories per day from beverages.)

* The American Dietetic Association says that getting up to 25 percent of your daily calories from sugar is OK. (Most of the ADA's recommendations are a joke -- this one included.)

* You're not crazy. Clothing makers are changing the numbers they slap on sizes. What used to be a woman's 8 is now a 6, for example. (Clothing makers are profiting from acting as enablers for the denial of shoppers as they gain weight.)