Originally Published: October 23, 2003 6:10 p.m.
Hold the fries, Americans. And the mayo. And the cheese. And the ranch dressing, bacon and onion rings. And, alas, skip the hamburger, too.
That leaves just the lettuce and tomato for the too many American people who tip the scales beyond what is acceptable weight, according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control.
In fact, the pudgy are becoming obese more and more, the study reported, citing figures indicating that the number of people who are at least 100 pounds overweight has quadrupled since the 1980s to almost 4 million. That's one in every 50 adults who would fail the pinch test by way too many inches.
Obesity isn't a rarity anymore. And the burden rests not only on the human frames that must bear such weight, but also on the country's health care system that has to treat the side effects of overweight Americans.
Studies confirm that genetic make-up plays a role in the propensity to gain weight and not be able to take it off easily. So does a body's proclivity to store too many calories make it difficult for some individuals to burn off fat.
Yet, studies also point to the American lifestyle – eating a big dinner and then plopping in front of the TV or the computer.
All of this research weighs in on what many Americans could do to take pounds off sensibily – take up a regimen of push-backs.
From the table, that is.