Federal government standards that declare a person "obese" based on strict age/height/gender/weight tables are ridiculous, taking no account of muscular structure and overall physical fitness.<quoted text>Heredity is a bit of an excuse__the math clearly shows that folks with lousy diets and lifestyles beget younguns of the same ilk and the cycle repeats.
Often TYPE II diabetes can be reversed or the bodies sugar/insulin levels can be stabilized but that requires regular and costly doctors visits along with lifestyle changes or at least trade offs/sacrifices which some folks are just not willing to make.
Fried food with a Lipitor chaser ain't going to work.
Many people would need to starve themselves and in fact ruin their bodies to get down to what the bureaucrats consider to be "normal" weight.
Does anyone really believe that a 6-ft male who weighs 180 lb is overweight?
Standards are written by AIDS victims.