11 Signs That You Will Be Obese

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The most recent estimates indicate that 34% of Americans are obese — a startling 100% increase from 30 years ago. But people still don’t know what’s causing the massive spike.In hopes of explaining the rise, Charles L. Baum and Shun-Yi Chou conducted a study for the National Bureau of Economic Research on the socio-economic causes of obesity.

Among the factors they looked at were race, personal wealth, and employment. Each factors was statistically isolated to show how much it increases probability of being obese with all other factors unchanged.

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title=”Married people are 20.2% more likely to be obese”
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title=”Women are 19.2% more likely to be obese”
content=”This trend holds true worldwide. The World Health organisation has discovered that throughout the world, 10% of men and 14% of women are obese.

Socio-economic and demographic causes of obesity were determined based on a sample of 70,394 observations, in a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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title=”People whose jobs require heavy lifting are 13.5% more likely to be obese”
content=”Interestingly there’s an opposite effect for jobs that require athletic fitness, which have a 11% lower obesity rate.

Socio-economic and demographic causes of obesity were determined based on a sample of 70,394 observations, in a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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title=”People who don’t smoke are 7.8% more likely to be obese”
content=”This corroborates with various research:

Cigarette smoking may affect weight by altering “insulin homeostasis, lipoprotein lipase activity, the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, physical activity, and preferences in food consumption” (Williamson et al., 1991; see also Wack and 5 Rodin, 1982, and Hofstetter et al., 1986). Further, cigarette smoking reputedly suppresses appetite and enjoyment of food (Stamford et al., 1986; Williamson et al., 1991).

Baum and Chou found that the major decline in smoking in recent decades may have had the largest effect on the rise of obesity.

Socio-economic and demographic causes of obesity were determined based on a sample of 70,394 observations, in a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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title=”People with below-average education are at least 6.6% more likely to be obese”
content=”Socio-economic and demographic causes of obesity were determined based on a sample of 70,394 observations, in a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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title=”Food stamp recipients are 4.6% more likely to be obese”
content=”The Food Stamp Act functions as a ‘safety net’ by ensuring that those in poverty won’t die from starvation.

Baum and Chou write, ‘The Food Stamp Act does this by guaranteeing an allotment of food for those below the poverty level and potentially increases obesity by increasing food consumption, resulting in excessive
caloric intake.’

Think of it this way: a dollar in income can be used on many things, including food, but a dollar’s worth of food stamps can only be used on food.

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title=”People with below-average income are at least 1.2% more likely to be obese”
content=”Income gives people the ability to purchase healthier foods and control their diets, and more flexibility in what and when they eat. The less money someone has, the more likely they are to be obese.

Socio-economic and demographic causes of obesity were determined based on a sample of 70,394 observations, in a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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title=”People from less urban areas are at least 1.1% more likely to be obese”
content=”Decreasing urbanization and increasing urban sprawl have been tied to a significant increase in obesity, because in less tightly-packed areas there is less incentive to walk places, thereby decreasing the daily amount of calories burned. This factor changes based on proximity to urban areas.

Socio-economic and demographic causes of obesity were determined based on a sample of 70,394 observations, in a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
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