Just in time for July 4: An obese superhero!

Obese is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight; severely obese is 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight.

According to CDC data, the obesity rate was relatively stable in the USA between 1960 and 1980, when about 15% of people fell into the category. It increased dramatically in the ’80s and ’90s to 32% in 2000.

By 2010, as many as 36% or more than one of every three Americans were obese, 6% were severely obese. These percentages qualify as an epidemic.

A study warns that at the rate we’re going, in 12 years, by the year 2030, more than 4 of every 10 (42%) Americans may become obese and 11% could be severely obese. That means an additional 32 million obese people, on top of the 78 million people who were already obese in 2010.

As Americans get fatter and fatter, there is a new social movement to promote fat acceptance and fat “empowerment”. See:

On this Fourth of July, Mike Fleming Jr. of Dateline Hollywood brings us the happy news that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a live action adaptation of the Valiant Comics superhero story Faith — a supersized, comics-and-science-fiction loving geek with telekinetic superpowers, named Faith Herbert.

Fleming writes:

Faith marks a step forward toward making spandex characters more inclusive, since the men are almost always well muscled and the women model thin. Unless she’s redrawn, Faith isn’t that. She made her debut in 1992 as a member of the Harbinger team and her accessibility made her popular enough to get her own comic book series. She is able to fly and has the ability to levitate other objects in her “companion field.” She also doesn’t brood like most superheroes; she’s a pretty effervescent young woman. The current comic series is written by Jody Houser with artwork by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage and covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic. In this version, Faith moves to Los Angeles, takes on a secret identity as a reporter.

Extra weight takes a huge toll on health, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, many types of cancer, sleep apnea and other debilitating and chronic illnesses. The latest finding is that obesity also increases the risk of senile dementia. Obesity also reduces life expectancy by 6 to 7 years.

The CDC estimates that medical-related costs of obesity may be as high as $147 billion a year, or roughly 9% of medical expenditures. An obese person costs an average of $1,400 more in medical expenses a year than someone who is at a healthy weight, they found. Other researchers have estimated the costs may be even higher.

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25 responses to “Just in time for July 4: An obese superhero!

  1. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

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  2. Happy Birthday America, you are the most beautiful of the entire world and because you are so I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH. I REJOYCE IN YOU! God bless America.

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  4. Never liked fat chicks, never will …

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  5. I just hope the producers don’t pick Amy Schumer, who is not only fat, but box office poison, nor Ashley Graham, the fat “supermodel” that just has to show off how much of a porker she is.

    I would consider myself obese, but only from the waist up. I can still hide my gut pretty good, and rarely get sick.

    Here’s an obese superhero I can relate to:

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  6. It is not a simple thing such as Americans are getting fat and lazy. I have been fighting the war my entire life against maintaining a healthy weight for myself. I was a senior in high school, and had several college football teams interested in me playing for them as a freshman, the following year. I also considered enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. My height and weight did not meet their guidelines for enlistment. And yet I was recruited to play football in college, and also had 2 possible college baseball teams to play for, as well.
    We can also look at our nation’s food supply and how it has changed from the days of old. I graduated in 1978, just around the time when HFCS was getting popular. That is high fructose corn syrup, or the packaged food industries cheap alternative to natural sugar. I won’t go into it now, but it is an interesting study to look at what it does to the human body, and how it affects all of your internal organs, as well as your metabolism, and can cause diabetes, abdominal fat around organs, the so called belly fat, various metabolism diseases, and just so many other endocrine and various body system problems that I can’t even begin to remember.
    Convenience foods that were seldom used by the average American household in our youths have now become big business. Just watch the aptly named boob tube some evening, and see who is advertising on it. From the various pharmaceutical remedies for things that didn’t exist a few decades ago, with side effects that are worse than the disease itself, to food concoctions sold in boxes, cans, and freezer containers, that contain precise nutrition for us only due to the fact that they add it in synthetic form.
    It is even so crazy that companies sell a box of food that you used to go to the grocery store and buy yourself, with directions on how to make a home cooked meal, and charge an arm and a leg for it, with fashionable and chic names, like Blue Apron, Home Chef, Plated, and Hello Fresh. Just type the name at home meal kits into a web search, and you get crazy numbers of these home food delivery services that pop up.
    Just for fun, I looked at one, Home Chef, and found that the price per serving is at the low end about 8$ with free delivery over 45$. I can go to the store, and look at a recipe book or online at a recipe, a lot cheaper and just as easily.
    I think that the superhero of my youth was my mother. She not only worked her entire life, until 4 months before she died of stage 4 lung cancer, at age 79, she also raised 5 kids, was active in our community, worked at elections, took in strangers nearly every month it seemed, and her and my father were in love with each other until the day she died. This from a woman with a high school education, who nailed pallets by hands for 20 years, and owned a restaurant with my dad for 35 years, and also found time with my dad to be part of the 8 people who started a golf course, from only a farmers fields. Not bad, for my super hero, don’t you think? Oh, I almost forgot, she was as skinny as a rail.
    By the way, her mom, my grandmother, worked in that same crate mill, nailing pallets, by hand, for 30 years. It was owned by her brother, my great uncle. Plus my grandmother was active in her church when younger, playing piano and such. I remember sitting outside in the summers snipping beans from our gardens and such, with her, and my mom. We sure have not gotten better in this country, for all of our modern technology. I long for those simpler days, as I suspect many others do as well.
    Happy Independence Day, and may we continue to prosper as a nation.

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  7. I agree, for folks that have to constantly fight weight gain even when they eat less than 1200 calories a day, it’s a long time struggle and takes a toll. I have two friends who are obese and they suffer all the time with it and diet and exercise, and all that, and then the knees and hips go and make it worse. Lord but it’s a battle for them.
    Me? I was 5’71/4″ until I shrunk. I weighed 112 in high school and I weigh in at the same now…only gained weight once, and that was after baby…some of us lucky, some not.
    However, I’m considered too thin even though my bones are very small, because as you age you need the weight on your body to keep those bones strong, and you also need a bit extra to have in storage should you become ill. So, there’s negatives on both sides…but thin has so many other advantages.

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    • Christian Zionist,
      I certainly believe you that you have shrunk. I was 6’0″ when I graduated from high school, weighed about 210. I now weigh around 215-220, depending on the week. But I am only 5′ 10″ tall. I lost a couple of inches in height between a broken back and over 35 years of working on my feet on concrete in a foundry, lifting often in excess of 100# on a repeated basis. My spine is compressed and so I am shorter that I was. I do think that, at least for myself, my body has a sort of setpoint, or a range of weight that it seems to gravitate to. I would guess that by changing my metabolism, by greatly increasing my activity level, I could change that setpoint to a lower weight. I am not a endocrinologist or a nutritionist, and so I can’t say for sure, but it does make sense.
      I was talking to my wife today, and we were saying that we humans often tend to be our own worst enemies. We know that being extremely overweight, or smoking, or being sedentary, are all things that will cause us to head to an early grave, and yet so many of us engage in that very same behavior, without a thought of the consequences. And then, when we end up in a hospital, with monitors and tubes hooked up to us, and a doubt as to whether or not we will live, we try to bargain with God, that if He will only get us through this, we will change.
      Or we see the type of person who smokes, drinks, and sleeps around with anyone who looks cute, and then screams that the government owes them free health care to somehow fix their poor health that they brought on themselves by their bad behavior.
      One thing that I do remember is that once I saw a study by some nutritionist who said that by following the Biblical model of healthy eating, from the Old Testament Law, as spelled out in Leviticus, people would live on average some 15-20% longer. That could be the difference between dying at 70 and dying at 85. The only problem with the study was that the author said that the idea of not eating pork went against the financial well being of too many large commodities traders, such as those traded on the Chicago Board of Trade. So the United States and the USDA food pyramid was actually changed to reflect not the healthy ideas based upon the Biblical principles that were found in the study that I had read, and several secular ones as well, but it reflected in part the financial interests of the economy instead. That such a thing could be allowed to happen, or would happen, at the time was unbelievable, but now is only too believable. The government most certainly is willing to sacrifice the health of the American people in exchange for wealth for the upper income types who invest heavily in commodities.
      I think that instead of me running from bad choices, I must try to remember that it is always better to run TO something good. Surprisingly, I am reminded of a Bible verse that reinforces just that. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.
      When I started my Christian walk, as a young adult, I memorized a lot of scripture. I don’t do it as much as I used to, but I am amazed that I have so much of it that pops into my head to remind me of principles of God and His promises and instructions. Turning TO God FROM idols, is but one more that just popped into my head. I was involved in a church when my kids were young that had an AWANA program, which taught a lot of Bible memorization for kids. I worked with the kids, and so I did it as well, and so did my kids, and I just know that it bears fruit in people’s lives when they are older.

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  8. Make. It. Stop.

    Not healthy or empowering by any means. And this doesn’t send a good message for kids at all.

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  9. Celebrate dysfunction!! (Enough already.)

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  10. IMO, today’s widespread obesity is caused by the addictive (but tasty) additives and GMOs in processed foods. Those labeled “diet” are the worst offenders. The body can be obese and starving at the same time. As a result, the body’s feeling deprived of real nutrition triggers the storage of fat.

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  12. …;And ALWAYS remember-You’re a VERY Special Person-just like everybody else. (Sorry-I had to throw that into the mix.)

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  13. President Macron helps the newest superhero out of her shoes…

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  14. In the news this past week:
    1 in 3 Millennials is overweight (obese?)
    The U.S. military is having a hard time recruiting folks that aren’t overweight, as they look mostly for 18-24 year olds. They aren’t able to qualify for the fitness tests… It’s to the point they’re considering lowering the requirements for physical aptitude, but that would lower the efficacy of a fighting army… Kinda how they did when they started allowing women into front-line spots.

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    • I have 2 sons and 3 daughter, 2 of whom are adopted. One son is in the U.S. Navy, and if it came down to it, I would send my other son to the military to help defend this country in time of a true shooting war, as well as volunteering myself, in any way possible. What I would never do, by any means, is to allow my daughters to fight in the military as combat troops. I am sorry, but there is right and wrong, and this country cannot have my daughters to fight simply because the young men might not be willing to.

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  15. Blame the gumment. Back in the day Unc Sam came to save us by taxing us and then giving it back later in the form of social security. Except they weren’t gonna have enough money to pay them if they all started living longer. Enter gumment sanctioned encouragement to smoke. Tobacco was everywhere and cheep. Advertised by doctors and put into army C-Rats (Now MRE’s) to get everybody smoking and thus not living long enought to actually collect. Wellllllll. Along comes an Surgeon General that wasn’t aware of that possibility and started the beginning of the end of the die early program. Move forward to the late seventies. Dietary standards were changed by the gumment, HFCS was pressed into service along with diets that don’t work, fundamental changes in the food make up, and encouragement of sedentary lifestyle. Wahla. Eveerybody’s getting fat along with all the health problems that go with it, hopefully shortening the average lifespan. – After all what good are old people. They’re expensive, they don’t produce anything, use up resources and are just generally a drag on society. Better they don’t get old in the first place. Just pay taxes and then die.(sarc)

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  16. Does one think that this superhero Faith levitates cheesecake into her pie-hole?

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  17. I’m also wondering if her arch enemy is someone who calls themselves “The Dieter” or “The Fat Shamer”? (Sorry, this one is a goldmine)

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