The Rising Obesity Tide – Freakonomics Blog


USA: Obesity crisis worsens as nine states report that over 30% of their population are obese, with no single state succeeding in getting its obesity levels below 15%…

We have to question what role muscle erosion (sarcopenia) and the overall weakening of society is having on our reduced physical activity and calorie expenditure in fueling such disappointing results.

The restoration and maintenance of our muscular structures through the consumption of an adequate diet and resistance training program is key to maintaining our strength and ability to exercise and should form the backbone in our individual battle against obesity, one body, one fat cell at a time…

From the XI International Congress on Obesity


Gathered in Stockholm this week, 2500 health care professionals, researchers, policy makers and media are gathered from across the world to try and get to grips with obesity.

On first impressions there appears to be a shared sense of disbelief at the speed at which obesity has established itself as the greatest threat to public health this century.

As the obesity epidemic unfolds, the reality that the one billion overweight or obese people now equal the one billion undernourished of the third world, provides a stark reality to the seriousness of the situation.

Nevertheless this coming week is going to provide those attending a chance to learn from each other and strategize for the effective handling of this largely preventable crisis.

No Entry for drive-thru’s


In a move designed to combat obesity and ease traffic jams, city planners in Baldwin Park, California, the birth place of the modern fast food drive-thru, have announced that they are full.

Taking effect this fourth July weekend city planner Salvador Lopez has said “We here in Baldwin Park have taken strides to create a healthy community, and allowing one more drive-through in is not going to meet that goal.”

Perhaps, ironically, In ‘N’ Out Burger which opened the world’s first drive-thru in 1948, has avoided the negative reputation of the fast food industry and built up an iconic following, serving fresh, fast food as demanded by its late founder, Harry Snyder.