We Are Fat
Certainly I would not be telling a political lie or stretching the truth. One third of us are obese and one third of us are overweight. That's fully two thirds of the country that is too fat.
Having practiced medicine for the past 20 years, the weight gain of the typical patient has been the most noticeable change I have seen. Having been a human being the past 50 years it's hard to fathom how drastically our bodies have changed.
When I was growing up in the 1970s, it seemed that the typical adult male was about 160 pounds. If you were over 180 pounds, you were fat. I didn't know anybody over 200 pounds.
In 1985, the Chicago Bears had William Perry, one of the largest football players ever, play defensive line for them. He was so large that he was given the nickname, "The Refrigerator." "The Fridge" as he was known, was so fat that his belly hung out over his pants. He was obviously so much larger than any football player at that time.
Tipping the scales
Currently, in my medical practice, it's common to see a male over 200 pounds and even 300 pounds. I have patients in my practice well over 400 pounds as well.
This change in the American body has led to numerous medical problems most notably diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The change has been striking.
Amazingly, this change has happened relatively recently. In 1960 the average male weighed in at 165 pounds. That same man now weighs 195 pounds. The average woman in 1960 weighed 140 pounds. Today's woman averages 166 pounds. In effect, today's woman weighs as much as yesterday's man!
Dr. Jeffrey Blue, MD