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    Study: We're Eating Ourselves to Death
    March 9, 2004

    By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

    CHICAGO - Inactive Americans are eating themselves to death at an alarming rate, their unhealthy habits fast approaching tobacco as the top underlying preventable cause of death, a government study found.
    In 2000, poor diet including obesity and physical inactivity caused 400,000 U.S. deaths — more than 16 percent of all deaths and the No. 2 killer. That compares with 435,000 for tobacco, or 18 percent, as the top underlying killer.
    The gap between the two is substantially narrower than in 1990, when poor diet and inactivity caused 300,000 deaths, 14 percent, compared with 400,000 for tobacco, or 19 percent, says a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    "This is tragic," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, CDC's director and an author of the study. "Our worst fears were confirmed."
    "It's going to overtake tobacco" if the trend continues, Gerberding said. "At CDC, we're going to do everything we can to prevent it," she said. "Obesity has got to be job No. 1 for us in terms of chronic diseases."
    The researchers analyzed data from 2000 for the leading causes of death and for those preventable factors known to contribute to them. Like tobacco, obesity and inactivity increase the risks for the top three killers: heart disease, cancer and cerebrovascular ailments including strokes. Obesity and inactivity also strongly increase the risk of diabetes, the sixth leading cause of death.
    The results appear in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials discussed the findings Tuesday at a Washington news briefing where they announced a public service ad campaign using humor to get Americans to pay attention to the dangers of inactivity and obesity.
    "I am working very hard at CDC to walk the talk," Gerberding said in a telephone interview, noting efforts the agency has made at CDC offices to improve the health of its 9,000-plus employees.
    They include putting music, lights and fresh paint jobs in stairwells to encourage employees to use the stairs for exercise. Also, besides the current indoor smoking ban, CDC will ban smoking from outside all of its buildings starting later this year.
    In order, the leading causes of death in 2000 were: Heart disease, cancer, strokes and other cerebrovascular disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, unintentional injuries, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, Alzheimer's disease, kidney disease, and septicemia.
    The underlying preventable causes of death were, in order: tobacco, poor diet and physical inactivity, alcohol, microbial agents, toxic agents, motor vehicles, firearms, sexual behavior and illegal drug use. Together, these accounted for about half of all 2.4 million U.S. deaths in 2000.
    An editorial accompanying the study in JAMA says national leadership and policy changes are needed to help curb preventable causes of death.
    "After all, wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it," said editorial authors Drs. J. Michael McGinnis and William Foege. McGinnis is with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Foege is with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
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    This just floors me!
    I can't believe how people stuff junkie foods into their bodies.
    It's rather sad really.
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    • #3
      I guess fat people who smoke don't have a chance.
      Please tell your boobs to quit staring at my eyes

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      • #4
        Some good info up there.....very alarming.

        What is really scary is the eating habits and lack of physical exercise in kids today. I see more and more fat kids than ever!
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        " We know that to err is human, but the HIV/AIDS hypothesis is one hell of a mistake"
        Dr. Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry for inventing the Polymerase Chain Reaction


        "The fact is that you can not start off with bad science and end up with good medicine"

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SuperSport
          Some good info up there.....very alarming.

          What is really scary is the eating habits and lack of physical exercise in kids today. I see more and more fat kids than ever!
          You make a great point here. THey have all the video games, computer games, internet, etc.

          Kids don't actually go outside and play anymore. All my little cousins are fat-assed slobs. I feel sorry for them. I wonder if it's skinny kids that get picked on now that they're the minority.
          Please tell your boobs to quit staring at my eyes

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sachet
            This just floors me!
            I can't believe how people stuff junkie foods into their bodies.
            It's rather sad really.
            Yep, out here we call it..breakfast at the drive up window..lunch in the microwave...and dinner in a bucket..
            No wonder our kids are so F--ked up:angry:
            Heckman aka "WISE" OLD MAN

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            • #7
              I hate to be militant to my kid, but I'll damned if I let him sit on his ass all the time, of course he's only 2 so it will be a while before I worry about it.

              Junk food sure does taste good, BUT is it worth the sacrifice? No.
              "Well done is better than well said"

              :rocker:



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              • #8
                I believe people are addicted to eating. It's just like drugs, alcohol, and smoking. When something tastes good, you don't want to stop eating it.(binge eating). I'm sure some quack somewhere has made a medical term for it.
                "Well done is better than well said"

                :rocker:



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                • #9
                  Sometimes I get the feeling that people think they have a "right" to eat junk...like it is unfair to have to eat clean-to be healthy.

                  What in the world is this society coming too??
                  [email protected] http://www.proactivehealthnet.com

                  " We know that to err is human, but the HIV/AIDS hypothesis is one hell of a mistake"
                  Dr. Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry for inventing the Polymerase Chain Reaction


                  "The fact is that you can not start off with bad science and end up with good medicine"

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                  • #10
                    I have to put a plug in here for our public education systems...I have a good friend who's a PE teacher and she can't work where she lives b/c they've cut PE out entirely. If you have a chance to write to your representatives, let them know that you'd like to see PE kept in the cirriculum. They say that something has to go (and they don't want it to be reading or math) but in the end the costs of overweight kids is far higher than integrating a PE class at school and its all money from the government anyway, so there's potential for reorganization of funds!
                    I teach at a school where the kids do get PE and there are 2 children in the school that are overweight, its really amazing. In the mean time, I think what we can do is support the local parks and rec departments and their programs for kids, maybe take some time to volunteer with them if you can and let 'em see how much more fun sports and exercising are than silly video games.
                    I'm pretty lean right now and get all kinds of comments from strangers, I love to point out that running/walking and hiking are free activities that they can do with someone special or alone and still enjoy it.
                    I'm predicting a big ad campaign soon to get people exercising and eating less. The CDC, AHA and other groups are getting fired up, they just need the funding to get the word out. Some people honestly have no idea what they do to themselves with the food that they eat. The food-health connection is missing because they haven't been exposed for one reason or another. We can all educate and inform as much as possible and hope to help some people out along the way.
                    RR
                    Eat it today, wear it tomorrow...

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