Obesity is a medical condition in which being overweight affects one's health. It is a common medical problem in modern industrialized countries. This of course has led to the inevitable woo-meisters pushing fad diets of every shape and kind, and do-gooders and politicians trying to improve our children's eating habits by such things as banning sodas containing high-fructose corn syrup from school lunchrooms, and revisiting the food
groups pyramid tree plate every year to make tweeks in the recommendations.
 How to recognise obesity
System of body Condition Scoring
|Emaciated - Goat is extremely thin; no fat is covering the spine and hip bone areas. The tail bone and hip bone are quite pronounced and the individual ribs can be seen.|
|Poor - Goat is still fairly thin. There is little fat covering the spine and hip bone regions. The hips, ribs and tail bone are less prominent.|
|Thin - Ribs are still individually identifiable. There is a little fat covering tail head and spine areas.|
|Borderline - The spine and the ribs can be individually identified by palpation, but feel rounded rather than sharp. Some fat is over the ribs.|
|Moderate -Goat has a good overall appearance. Fat is over the ribs, hips and tail bone areas and feels spongy to the touch.|
|High Moderate - Firm pressure now needs to be applied to feel spinous processes. Fat is observable and palpable over the ribs and tail head area.|
|Good - Animal appears fleshy and obviously carries considerable amount of fat. Very spongy fat covers ribs and tail head areas. Rounds or pones are beginning to become obvious.|
|Fat - The goat is very fleshy and over-conditioned. Spinous and transverse processes are almost impossible to palpate. Rounds or pones are obvious.|
|Extremely Fat (Obese) - The goat appears blocky, tail head and hips are buried in fatty tissue. Bone structure is barely viable and is not palpable. Animal may have difficulty in mobility.|
 Praise the Lard!
Does being a Baptist make you obese? Or is it linked to voting Republican? Or does being less educated make you obese? Or rather, does being obese make you less educated?
“”Logistic regression analyses reveal that high levels of religious media practice and affiliation with a Baptist denomination increased the risk of obesity for women, but that a high level of religious consolation reduced the risk of obesity incidence for men.
 Body mass index
The "body mass index" (BMI) is a comparison of height to weight (i.e. if you are 4 feet tall but weigh 140 pounds, you're obese, but if you are 8 feet tall and weigh 140 pounds, than you're severely underweight).
It is a controversial metric, since it does not account for differing statures (some people are naturally stockier or lankier) or muscle development (muscle weighs more than fat). BMI was originally devised as a obesity indicator for populations, and it is very good at that.
For individuals, BMI is often utterly misleading. BMI scales poorly with height (Yao Ming was "overweight" during his All-Star NBA career) and cannot distinguish between muscle and fat (NFL quarterback and 2010 Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers has an "overweight" BMI of 28.9, just under the 29.9 cutoff for obese). Excessive adipose tissue (body fat) may not be "unhealthy", as in something that lowers one's lifespan or quality of life. Health indicators also include one's diet, exercise, etc.
As a population metric, BMI is meant to be an approximation metric for percentage of body fat. There are more direct tests for body fat percentage, based on body density, but these measurements are more difficult to make.
Waist-to-hip ratio may be a better metric to judge health risks of obesity as it correlates strongly (while BMI sometimes correlates towards an inconsistent negative) with morbidity. So if your abdominal or thoracic epidermis hangs over your genital region you have a serious condition and should seek medical attention, especially if you live in Tehran.
 See also
- This is Why You're Fat: Photos of fast "foods" from (mostly) non-chain restaurants that could inspire Ronald McDonald to become a vegan. (Content updated regularly.)
- "The Ten Most Unusual State Fair Foods A slideshow documenting America's most notorious forums of artery-hardening "foods." (Warning! The first slide is "Chicken-fried bacon.")
- The KFC "Double Down": Two strips of bacon and two slices of cheese sandwiched between two Kentucky Fried Chicken breast fillets. (!!!!!) Which, surprisingly, is only 20 calories more than a McDonald's Big Mac.
- See the Wikipedia article on Luther Burger. (A bacon cheeseburger that uses a glazed donut as a bun.) It is rumored to have been created by and named after R&B singer Luther Vandross. Vandross, a long-time sufferer of diabetes and hypertension, died of a stroke at age 54. If this was really one of his favorite foods, should we be surprised?
- Burger King Japan's Windows 7 Whopper
- Not to be outdone by BK, Japan's Mickey-Ds have offered these nutritious health foods. (Obviously, they are unfamiliar with the work of Morgan Spurlock.)
- The Heart Attack Grill official website. And if you weigh over 350 pounds (159 kg), you can eat all you want for free! (They even have their own YouTube channel.)
- "Paula Deen's Most Outrageous Recipes": In January, 2012, Food Network chef Paula Deen made headlines when she admitted that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years earlier. What upset many people about her revelation was a combination of (a) her gleefully unhealthy, deep-fried, butter- and sugar-laden signature recipes, like the eight gastrointestinal time bombs in the linked article; (b) the fact that she waited until after she had signed an advertising deal with a diabetes drug manufacturer to go public with her diagnosis; and (c) her incredulity when her fans and fellow TV chefs turned against her. Her son now has a cooking show called Not My Mama's Meals, in which he attempts to make her recipes less artery-clogging.
- Results of University of Texas study from 2013: For every mile that participants in the study lived from the closest fast-food restaurant, researchers noticed that there was a 2.4 percent decrease in their BMI. (Huffington Post)
- ↑ LSU Agricultural Center
- ↑ Does Religion Increase the Prevalence and Incidence of Obesity in Adulthood? from (Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion Volume 45 Issue 2, Pages 269 - 281)
- ↑ International Journal of Obesity (2004) 28, 1325–1332.