Severe obesity common amongst Americans – study

The proportion of Americans who are severely obese (severely Obese are those people that are 100 pounds or more overweight) continues to increase rapidly and much faster than those with moderate obesity, but study shows that the rate of growth has slowed.

The RAND study found that from 2000 to 2010, the proportion of Americans who were severely obese rose from 3.9% of the population to 6.6% — an increase of about 70%.

The findings mean that more than 15 million adult Americans are morbidly obese with a body mass index of 40 or more. The good news is that beginning in 2005, the near-exponential growth of the severely obese group began to flatten out.

“The proportion of people at the high end of the weight scale continues to increase faster than any other group of obese people, despite increased public attention on the risks of obesity,” said Roland Sturm, lead author of the report and a senior economist at RAND, a non-profit research organization. “But for the first time in the past 20 years there is evidence the trend is slowing.”

The study suggests that clinically severe obesity, instead of being a rare pathological condition among genetically vulnerable individuals, is an integral part of the population’s weight distribution. As the whole population becomes heavier, the extreme category — the severely obese — increases the fastest.

The findings were published online by the International Journal of Obesity.

The trend of severe obesity varies by gender and ethnicity, although the trend remained upward among all groups. The prevalence of severe obesity was about 50% higher among women than among men, and about twice as high among blacks when compared to Hispanics or whites. For all levels of obesity, the increases over time were faster among age groups younger than 40.

To be classified as severely obese, a person must have a body mass index (a ratio of weight to height) of 40 or higher — roughly 100 pounds or more overweight for an average adult man. The typical severely obese man weighs 300 pounds at a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall, while the typical severely obese woman weighs 250 pounds at a height of 5 feet 4 inches.

People with a BMI of 25 to 29 are considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or more classifies a person as being obese. For a 5-foot-10 inch male, a BMI of 30 translates into being 35 pounds too heavy.

The body mass index allows researchers to define obesity and severe obesity over a population of people with varied heights and weights. The index is defined as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. The standard cut-off point for obesity is a body mass index of 30 or more, corresponding to a person 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 174 pounds, or 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 209 pounds or more.

Brave Falconets fall 0-2 to USA

Nigeria’s U-20 team the Falconets this morning fell against the USA team in the semi-final stage of the FIFA Women World cup as they were defeated 2-0 by the Americans.

Goals from Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai in either half of the encounter sealed victory for the Americans.

The Falconets started well with Francisca Ordega latching onto a through ball, beating USA goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin in a race to the ball in the seventh minute of the opening, but her effort went wide of the post.

Brian scored the all-important opening goal midway through the first half from a perfect header over goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte.

The Americans took charge of the game after the opener, creating several chances in the closing stages of the half.

Nigeria came back stronger after the break but Desire Oparanozie’s effort was ruled out for offside.

Almost immediately a skilful run from Ngozi Okobi set up Oparanozie for an equaliser only for her to blaze it over.

Ohai slotted in the second for the Americans which literarily ended the game as a contest midway into the second half.

Falconets will now meet Japan on Saturday to contest for the third place as Japan also fell to Germany.

Okagbare into Women’s Olympic 100m finals

Blessing Okagbare has turned on the heat as she fired herself back into grace and stardom, a stage that was unsure of in first few heats  in the 2012 Olympics but now it’s all smiles for her and Nigerians alike as she launched herself into the final of the women’s 100m, the medal winning stage.

It wasn’t a very sweet story in the heat 3 for the Nigerian as she stumbled off her block in lan5 but in quick realisation of the events that could follow her un-coordinated strategy, she took the challenges as she took the advantage she never had from the start as she flashed past Tianna Madison of the US to hit he finishing line and luckily for her she hit new personal best of 10.92s which also placed her fourth, thanks to determination.

However, the medals hurdle is main event which would be taking place tonight and the Gold, Silver and Bronze medallists will be known by tonight, we good for Blessing Okagbare as she has raised the Nigerian flag high but it was a not so sweet a story for her compatriot Gloria Asunmu a 100m semi-finalist as her personal best 11.21s could only get her at fifth position and in the 400m race, Regina George and Omolara Omotosho both failed to qualify for the final after placing fifth and fourth in their heats.

Okagbare’s start out of the blocks has been seen as her hindrance in launching her quick into stable contention and it is hoped that she realises that and if it can nabbed before her final race, then Nigeria may well be registered on the medals table tonight.

The final should be quite explosive with all the usual suspects taking part, with Olympic champion, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce leading the pack.

Okoagabre will be standing head-to-head in the 100m finals with American sprinters, Carmelita Jeter and Allyson Felix; and Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica and as it stands they made better personal bests ahead of the Nigerian on their way to the finals.

Qualification table of the Olympics women’s athletics 100m results


The top qualifiers were Carmelita Jeter of the United States, Jamaica’s Shelly-AnnFraser-Pryce and Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown.


 Results Table


 Semifinal 3

 1.  Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)              10.92 seconds Q

 2.  Tianna Madison (U.S.)                    10.92 Q        

 3.  Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast)            11.01          

 4.  Kerron Stewart (Jamaica)                 11.04          

 5.  Myriam Soumare (France)                  11.13          

 6.  Verena Sailer (Germany)                  11.25          

 7.  Lina Grincikaite (Lithuania)             11.30          

 8.  Michelle-Lee Ahye (Trinidad and Tobago) 11.32          


 Semifinal 2

 1.  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)        10.85 Q        

 2.  Allyson Felix (U.S.)                     10.94 Q        

 3.  Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Trinidad and Tobago) 11.00          

 4.  Ezinne Okparaebo (Norway)                11.10          

 5.  Gloria Asumnu (Nigeria)                  11.21          

 6.  Ivet Lalova (Bulgaria)                   11.31          

 7.  Sheniqua Ferguson (Bahamas)              11.32          

 8.  Olga Bludova (Kazakhstan)                11.39          


 Semifinal 1

 1.  Carmelita Jeter (U.S.)                   10.83 Q        

 2.  Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)        10.89 Q        

 3.  Rosangela Santos (Brazil)                11.17          

 4.  LaVerne Jones-Ferrette (Virgin Islands) 11.22           

 5.  Semoy Hackett (Trinidad and Tobago)      11.26          

 6.  Olesya Povh (Ukraine)                    11.30          

 7.  Ruddy Zang Milama (Gabon)                11.31          

 8.  Abiodun Oyepitan (Britain)               11.36           


 Qualified for Next Round

 1.  Carmelita Jeter (U.S.)                   10.83 seconds

 2.  Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (Jamaica)        10.85        

 3.  Veronica Campbell-Brown (Jamaica)        10.89        

 4.  Blessing Okagbare (Nigeria)              10.92        

 5.  Tianna Madison (U.S.)                    10.92        

 6.  Allyson Felix (U.S.)                     10.94        

 7.  Kelly-Ann Baptiste (Trinidad and Tobago) 11.00        

 8.  Murielle Ahoure (Ivory Coast)            11.01

Michelle Obama to attend Olympic Games opening

First Lady Michelle Obama says she will lead the U.S. delegation to the opening ceremonies of the London Olympics in July.
Obama announced her London trip at an event on Tuesday with Samantha Cameron, the wife of visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“As the Olympic creed states, ‘the most important thing … is not to win, but to take part.’ And that doesn’t just mean sitting and watching, it means getting up and getting active as well,” the first lady said.
Michelle disclosed that in the months ahead, she will be talking to Americans all across the country to encourage even more young people to tap into that Olympic spirit and turn their inspiration into action.
The White House will announce in coming months the delegates who will accompany Obama to London. Other first ladies have led a presidential delegation to past Olympic Games.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games’ opening ceremony will take place on July 27.