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In U.S., Obesity Up in Nearly All Age Groups Since 2008
Obesity has increased the most in older age cohorts

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans in nearly every age group today are more likely to be obese than those same age groups were four years ago. Obesity is up the most among older adults. For example, 14.4% of 84- to 87-year-olds are obese today, up from 12.2% in 2008. Obesity remains most prevalent in middle age.

Nearly every four-year age group today is significantly more likely to be obese than the same age group was four years ago. Gallup analyzed obesity by four-year age cohorts in order to avoid overlapping between groups.

In some things, America isn’t losing its lead. The rest of the world (ROTW) will have to do some heavy eating, loafing, and switching to a greater consumption of empty, dopamine-releasing, insulin-desensitizing foods in order to catch up with us.

The creaking and groaning of a declining empire, where the healthy and ambitious are expected to pay for the slothful and the instant gratification crowd… Now we just need a barbarian horde to come and put us out of our misery.


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kudzu bob says October 28, 2012

Now we just need a barbarian horde to come and put us out of our misery.

That reminds me of Greek poet C.P. Cavafy’s “Waiting for the Barbarians,” as translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard:

What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

The barbarians are due here today.

Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?
Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.
What’s the point of senators making laws now?
Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

Why did our emperor get up so early,
and why is he sitting enthroned at the city’s main gate,
in state, wearing the crown?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and the emperor’s waiting to receive their leader.
He’s even got a scroll to give him,
loaded with titles, with imposing names.

Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today
wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?
Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,
rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?
Why are they carrying elegant canes
beautifully worked in silver and gold?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

Why don’t our distinguished orators turn up as usual
to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

Because the barbarians are coming today
and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion?
(How serious people’s faces have become.)
Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,
everyone going home lost in thought?

Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven’t come.
And some of our men just in from the border say
there are no barbarians any longer.

Now what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?
Those people were a kind of solution.

dearieme says October 28, 2012

That’s rather fine, KB.

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