Get over it, people. Really. It bothers me that someone would even say that 1 in 3 adults is "obese." I looked up the definition and it said "very fat or overweight; corpulent." Obviously if 1 in 3 people are above a given BMI, it is now NORMAL to be in that weight category. One THIRD of ALL people are in that weight category. That means they need to adjust the charts because you can't say it's unusual any more; it must be evolution or something (cough cornsyrupandotheradditives cough). How can you even be called "fat" if 1 in 3 people, 1 in THREE, is also "obese." Um, good grief, they aren't even bothering to get hepped up about "overweight" any more.
When I was a size 5 and walked for six miles a day and lived on 1600 calories, I was actually overweight. By a pound. And that pound really, really REALLY bothered me. Now? I would be ok with about 40 pounds over that ideal for reallio. Actually, I think about 30 over is a healthy weight, not this running about, living on diet pop and a handful of chocolate chips and a bowl of cereal. Not that I do that anymore. At all.
I think decisions about who needs to lose weight and who doesn't should be made by a physician and a patient. The physician can keep build and family history and other factors in mind when advising his patients.
It really bothers me that people are just looking to the charts and not just being realistic about things. People of "normal" weight can be overweight and "overweight" people can be just fine. And yeah... I won't dispute the central premise of articles like these... you can't really expect to be 4 ft 2, weigh 899 pounds, and be perfectly healthy... I get that. I'm not disputing that. Nor am I disputing that most of us could stand to lose a few. But don't say they're obese because that's a more relative term. Overweight. You can be overweight by a pound or 500 based on YOUR body and what its best weight would be. Why do we have to classify people by HOW overweight they are on some dopey chart? Is it a case of "yeah, I'm fat, but not quite as dangerously fat as you?" Why do they do that on the charts? Why do they even have charts?
I can't imagine people have less willpower today than they did in 1874... and yet until recently the number of people considered overweight has increased. I wonder why. Just seems the more we measure this the worse it gets. SOMETIMES I think that we should just toss the scale and look at our pant sizes, what we should realistically be able to wear. We really don't need an exact weight unless our doctor needs it for dosing medications. Based on my pant size scale, I have a lot of work to do. :)