August 7th, 2008
05:52 PM ET

Study: All adults could be overweight in 40 years

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Put down that burger and fries and consider this: a new study says that every American adult could be overweight in 40 years. We're actually not so far away now with two-thirds of the population already overweight.

Researchers say that if the trends of the last 30 years hold up… by 2030, 86% of adults will be overweight, with 51% obese. By 2048, they predict all adults could be overweight.

Certain groups – like African-Americans and Mexican-Americans – are expected to suffer the most from weight issues. In fact, all black women and almost all Mexican-American men could be overweight in less than 30 years.

And it's not just the scales we'd be tipping. The study shows that health care costs related to all this weight will double each decade, reaching $957 billion in about 20 years. Or even more.

Some experts doubt that all of us will be obese or overweight in 40 years, but they agree the problem is getting worse. Others say it just might happen if Americans keep eating more and moving around less. Researchers call for major efforts to improve lifestyles in this country along with social changes, like healthier food choices and making neighborhoods more pedestrian-friendly.

Here’s my question to you: What should Americans do so that all of us aren’t overweight in 40 years?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Raymond from Gatesville, Texas writes:
Very well might happen with all the games around for young people to play. Parents do not send them out to play and exercise. And fathers and mothers no longer cook when they can buy prepared unhealthy meals and go by fast food places.

Ozzy writes:
Well, Jack, Americans don't need to be afraid of putting their burgers down just yet – just start moving! You can eat what you like, as long as you keep it in moderation, but the key is to be more active. Our bodies were made to expend lots of calories, and what with our sedentary lifestyles (video games, desk jobs, etc.) we don't get a lot of movement.

Greg from Cabot, Arkansas writes:
Gas has more than doubled in the past few years, so I drive less and walk more. Food prices have skyrocketed because of the cost of fuel, so I eat less. If the price of gas continues to go up, oil companies will get fatter, Americans will lose weight… problem solved. Exxon can take the credit for whipping Americans into shape.

Mikey from Kansas writes:
Imagine a world without double Big Macs and breakfast tacos?! It would be madness!

Dave writes:
I think this study is completely ridiculous. Yes, it is true that we have a very overweight population. I mean let’s face it, our country is the only one in the world that has fat poor people, everyone else’s poor are starving… You can’t say that everyone will be overweight! I know I won’t be... I believe that our country is getting more and more health conscious every single day.

Monty from El Paso, Texas writes:
We’ve become addicts to finger-licking good and greasy victuals. I can’t resist the fries, burgers, enchiladas, tacos, and T-bone steaks. I’m trying to eat more vegetables. It’s not easy when our country is surrounded by golden arches and when we allow burger kings to rule our lives. Revolution is the answer! But first, I have to take my TV dinner out of the microwave oven.

Filed under: US Obesity
soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Peter M

    McCain is owned by Oilmen. After 20 years in Washington do you really think he cares that much? He is part of the problem. Only Obama understands what this country faces.

    August 7, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  2. Dave P.


    We should eat more so it happens in 20. That way they will look for a solution quicker.

    Iowa City, Iowa

    August 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  3. Jay, Denver CO

    Include lipo in universal healthcare.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  4. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Obviously, we need to eat less and excercise more. And just as obviously, that ain't gonna happen.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  5. Phil

    We need to stop being lazy bums, myself included. We have to exercise, eat healthy, and stop driving. Of course, without something like tax incentives, this is NEVER gonna happen. Oh well, one can dream

    August 7, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Jayne

    We need nutritional education in schools as well as healthy school lunches. Recess and physical education should be brought back in every school, every day. All Americans should have access to adequate medical care and physicians and nurses need to prescribe diet and exercise, not just pills. Lastly, when you go to the grocery store, an orange shouldn't cost a dollar while calorie-laden mac and cheese in a box is 35 cents. Fattening foods cost a lot less than healthy fruits and vegetables. That needs to change.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  7. Rex in Portland, Ore.


    August 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  8. Dennis in Albuquerque

    Jack, since I am 60, I hope I can be overweight in 40 years.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  9. Charley in Oceanside, California

    As the world's food supplies dwindle, this is a problem that solves itself.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  10. David of Alexandria VA

    My most ascerbic response is that, within 40 years, all the adults will have died off from over-indulgence, lack of concern, couch-potato sores, and the like. I just hope that mandatory health insurance doesn't make me pay for their excesses.

    Societally, we should educate, educate, educate kids on the benefits of weight management and other healthy habits. Maybe within 40 years, we'll have a generation that's fit.

    Financially, health insurance should be scaled to someone's weight, airlines should be allowed to charge for 2 seats, maybe the same tax theory that applies to cigarettes (pays for the medical costs of the state) should apply to being overweight. Other than maybe the 1% with a genetic disposion to obesity, there are no excuses.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  11. steve from Hohenwald TN.

    Quit watching cnn all day?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  12. Elizabeth from Tennessee

    Rise up and walk!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  13. Lucas, Pawling NY

    Jack, I think eating less and exercising more is only part of the solution. Eating healthy is where it's at. We have to learn to read the labels and stay away from anything processed. Some foods should only be ingested if they are organic and the growth hormones in chicken are likely to make our guts grow as well...

    August 7, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  14. Otis in Austin, TX

    I won't have to do anything Jack...I'm already 50 pounds overweight. Thank God because I'm really impatient, and I couldn't bear to wait 40 years.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  15. Praetorian, Ft. Myers

    What idiocy–most adults alive in the next 40 years will be overweight!!

    We generally gain wait–especially in middle age.

    Outside of the aerobics instructors–most of us will be at or above our max weight around middle to late middle age even with exercise!!

    You idiots–I could have told you that without exercise!!

    I suppose Obama should address a new programs to explain the obvious and tax our butts off to fix it?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  16. Marc - Toronto

    It will never happen but get rid of the internet and video games. Then make 1 hour of Physical Educaton and Health mandatory 5 days a week in school. Then get rid of upsizing food orders for discount prices.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  17. A Kraft Naples, FL

    we need to eat less and exercise more and pass that on to our children. along with nutritional information for healthy eating and healthy foods

    August 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  18. Michelle, Washington DC

    Jack, As is usually recommended by physicians, eat less and exercise.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  19. David, Tampa, Fl

    I wont be alive in 40 years so I wont have a weight problem. For those still going in 40 years? It is kind of hard to grow crops when it is 145 degrees at noon and there aint a drop of H2O that can be found. If you think the national debt is high now just wait.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  20. Terry from North Carolina

    We need to stop sitting around watching you, Wolf and Lou, and eating onion dip and potato chips and answering these stupid questions.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  21. Julie from CA

    I'm sorry but to answer your question I'll have to turn off my television and computer.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  22. wally Ruehmann las Vegas nv

    if the prices at the grocery store keeps on the path were on now, we won't have to worry .

    August 7, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  23. mitchell ,arkansaw

    try eating only rice,once a month. it's working wonders on the sudanese.unfortunately,they dont do well in athletics.so,no more olympians.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  24. Stacy from Beautiful Loudoun County Virginia

    Jack, we should not do anything. America should lead the world in something. Let it be obesity.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Paula from Georgia

    For the folks who are overweight. It could be from health problems or from your family genes. People should just eat right and get what exercise you can. Why do you guys always put my comments in Moderation? email me back. Or you just don't like my opinions. After posting? Place that comment agfter I post.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  26. Frank from Peterborough

    Unfortunately the most affordable meals provide the worst nutrition and when people have to make a decision on whether they pay the rent or pay more to eat healthy they'll sacrifice weight for a roof over their heads.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  27. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Stop making bigger clothes.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  28. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    Eliminate all sources of food except for Lean Cuisine!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  29. Caryn, Washington DC

    Impossible...I thought the "surge" fixed all of our problems.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  30. Elliott in DC

    Eat right and exercise.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  31. Tom, Avon, Maine,The Heart of Democracy

    Have you looked at the price of groceries lately? The major step the Republicans made toward national health care was in combating obesity by eliminating the food budget of the middle class.

    By the time we are through rebuilding everything Bush blew up in Iraq, we'll be lucky if we can still afford beans.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  32. John in Atlanta

    I think we should go back to eating homecooked meals, walking, and playing outside. We didn't have all these issues when I was a kid (almost 40 years ago). We were as healthy as horses. Now, not so much. Instead of preparing food, we're bringing saturated fats, overly breaded and other yummy toxins home. Then we sit in front of the flat screen to either play video games, watch movies or settle in for an evening with the Situation Room. Eat another fat pill and go to sleep. Awww the fat life living the dream!!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  33. Dwayne (Atlanta) GA

    Simple Jack, vote for Drill McCain.... Remember the movie Soylent Green? That will be us in a few years if he's elected president. Being overweight will be the last thing we need to be concerned about during his short run as Commander & Chief....

    August 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  34. circy in New Mexico

    It's television's fault. What's better, watching your favorite TV show, or watching it while you're eating? Even in the 1950s, I enjoyed watching Gunsmoke and Have Gun, Will Travel, while pigging out on canned ravioli. Of course, I also exercised, and that kept the baloon from inflating too much.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  35. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    1. Never eat any portion bigger than the size of your fist.

    2. Eat slowly.

    3. Chew each bite 20 times before swallowing.

    4. Get up from the table and brush your teeth.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  36. Ted Beaverton, OR

    Make breakfast your biggest meal of the day so it gets worked off during daily activities. Some fruit and or salad instead of fast food for lunch, and a light but tasty dinner. Walk at least 4 times a week for 20 minutes.
    Get a fat inflation guage (scale) to check your progress.

    This works, and it doesn't cost you a dime.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  37. Larry in Florida

    Shouldn't be a problem in 40 years Jack. With the population boom that the world is having there won't be enough to food to go around. Might be able to fatten up if your Daddy was an oil man in the early 21st century.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  38. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Jack, I don't believe this is true. Seems like as I get older my appetite decreases. Look at people in nursing homes–they hardly eat anything.

    Most Americans are diet-conscious and don't want to be fat.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  39. Esther Marie Cuyahoga Falls OhiO

    win win situation
    wire our jaws shut
    then no one can say we are whiners and we will be thin too

    August 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  40. Conor in Chicago

    We should ask the congress to do an investigation as to what is being put in our food. I've read some things over the years about how the government and corporations are putting certain chemicals-etc, in our food for various reasons. In that same time period I think I can say that I have not seem the American population get any lazier but we have gotten significantly fatter. It's worth considering.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  41. Jim in Puyallup

    We should outlaw drive thru windows! Not only do they waste gas while we "sit" in them but waste a great opportunity for us to get out of our cars and walk in. The real danger these windows pose is in the garbage they handout, but everyone knows that already.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  42. Jenny Rome Ga


    I think we should elect Richards Simmons to Congress (provided he follow a strict dress code.) I agree with his that schools do not need to be cutting out P.E and Recess for children. Not only is it not healthy for the kids, it allows them to blow off a little steam in a healthy way rather than be tied to desks and chairs all day. I wonder how many ADD kids might be cured by allowing the kids to go out and run around the playground for a little while?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  43. Jason - Chandler, Arizona


    We need things to be accessible again. We like to drive everywhere, to the mall, grocery store, we drive to the gym. I see 8-10 cars in the drive through at Starucks, how about skipping starbucks and walking a little more, I know I'm guilty of that too. I see myself almost 36 getting "chunky" and I don't like how I feet, so I am doing something about it now! I remember in grade school through high school, PE was a big part of school, now a days it's "optional" and parents can write any excuse to not have their kid not exercise! It should be mandatory for all who are able bodied. It should be for 1 hour during each school day. If you start the good habits when they are young then they will enjoy it more.Then maybe that will get the parents exercising if the kids enjoy it!!

    Anti-PUMA in Arizona!!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  44. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    All we have to do is stay alive for 40 years and do nothing. Our economy is taking care of this problem for us. In 40 years very few people will be able to afford the cost of groceries. So................ we will all lose weight. Ain't that great! A nation of skinny ,hungry and angry people.
    St. Augustine, Fl

    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  45. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    Yes, but we'll all be thin in the end. So eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow McCain might be your president.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  46. Paul

    Jack in 40 years? Who came up with this idea? With oil prices and energy prices no matter what type will only climb and so will the cost of everything housing,clothes and oh yes food. In 40 years we may all be at least 40 lbs. or more underweight if the current trend continues.
    Paul Round Rock, Texas

    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  47. Shelly - New York

    Ask Dr. Sanjay Gupta.......
    He'll get us all on the right track........
    IF we listen.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  48. Stacy from Fairfax, VA

    Take if from an Ironman Triathlete, it's not rocket science.
    1. Eat less.
    2. Exercise more.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  49. Asif, Toronto, Canada

    I am not surprised at this study Jack. After all, the world’s richest 20% consume 80% of earth’s resources. My solution would be to learn from other cultures and end this epidemic of instant gratification.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  50. Dee in Denver

    More emphasis on self-discilpine, from a young age, would help. Children really do not need every toy and every morsel of food that they see, particularly if either inhibits their active play. They must be encouraged to make the proper choices rather than being completely steered and scheduled by their parents. Our deepening economic crisis may force this upon us – that may not be such a bad thing. I won't be around to see it because in 40 years, I would be pushing 100. When was the last time you saw an overweight 100-year-old?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  51. Joe in DE

    I doubt that I will be overweight, I'm in my eighties. The rest of you eat less exercise.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  52. Mary - California

    Common sense should dictate that excercise and healthy food
    will help maintain a decent weight. Medication sometimes causes
    people to put on weight, and it can be difficult to take it off. Doctors can suggest guidelines to help an overweight problem, but a person has to want to be helped.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  53. Lena S. from Phoenix, AZ

    That doesn't surprise me, we have an overweight population in general, including children.

    We need to develop community programs that encourage healthy eating and continual exercise.

    Most of all, we need to change our view of what is acceptable for ourselves and our lifestyles.

    I think we've become lax in our belief that "it's ok" to eat whatever we want, and "it's ok to experiment with diet plans and pills" for the rest of our lives...when it really is not...

    Healthy living is just that- "Healthy Living"

    August 7, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  54. Marvin Fairview, Texas

    Well Jack. If the economy keeps going like it is our government will solve that problem for us. We will all be too poor to afford food and have no homes to live in. That is called the "Congressional diet". It is a good thing we have the bridges in America so some of us will have a place to hunker down under when it rains. Becoming homeless is becoming a reality for a lot of us. I wonder what congress is doing on their paid vacations while we are all kept at bay waiting on the "Energy decision to no where"?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  55. Andrew, Brier WA

    Get off your butt!

    Turn off the TV, go outside and play with your kids.

    At age 50, I realized that I wasn't getting any younger. So I started doing Tae Kwon Do alongside my boys. I may still be overweight, but it hasn't gotten any worse. And I've found out I can do things that most middle-aged men can't. Like run three miles. Do fifty pushups. Break bricks.

    But it all starts with getting off your duff.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  56. Jim in Puyallup

    I'm setting up a girdle hedge fund today!!!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  57. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Ban high fructose corn syrup. And bake everything instead of frying it.(like pizza, brownies, cakes and pies). Oh, and we can all throw away the microwave ovens and grill everything. And eat raw veggies and fruit. Or we can all go on diabetic diets. I have a million ideas, but like evereything else, that's where they stay. Just ideas. Something else to think about. All these ideas are making me hungry. Think I'll go raid the frig and think of somemore ideas.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  58. Shirley -AK OHIO

    Well, Jack we have to the have the will power to get up and move. If we move around as much as we eat the weight should take care of itself, but if you think you are going to eat and sit down know that you are setting yourself up to become fat. Will power, portion control and exercise now that's a winning hand.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  59. Nelson, Knoxville Tenn


    We should not bother to do anything. In Africa, being fat or obese is a sign of good living.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  60. Les Young Oklahoma

    The is about the only problem I see that the Republican party can help with. If we elect a Republican this year our economy will probably put us all on a diet because we want be able to afford food.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  61. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    If the economy doesn't turn around, the only thing most of us will be able to afford is rice anyway, so we'll eventually all be rail thin!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  62. Sid---- Texas

    It is entirely possible that all Americans will be overweight in 40 years, but it is not likely to happen if food prices keep going up, and no one has a job paying enough to buy what little they can now days.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  63. Dick B

    We should simply add 10 to each of the BMI categories.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  64. Tennisguypitt

    Close McDonalds and fast food places...

    Now out of my dream world: We need edible food for kids. You ever tasted school food, Jack? It SUCKS! If they made good food, there would be no junk food!

    Here's another plan, get off the darn couch and exercise! Throw in some taunts, my favorite is, " catch me, fata**" and run as fast as you can!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  65. Jasmine in Germany

    The human body hasn't changed much in a thousand years, Jack. By its' design, it is a hunter, gatherer, farmer, etc. It is nourished by nature with exertion (physical and mental). Most overweight U. S. Americans have poor "instant gratification" eating habits. Most overweight U. S. Americans don't get enough exercise, Jack. They've got no one to blame but "the man in the mirror" and being stupid enough to fall for clever product marketing.

    The answer is simple. Eat the proper foods (including lots of raw vegetables) and get enough exercise. "Fast food" is ok once a month, not as a lifestyle. Everything in moderation.

    You know what really angers me; Jack? Parents giving their toddlers french fries as a finger food, and cola as a drink. It should be raw pepper slices and water instead. Children develop their eating habits for the rest of their lives within their first three years of life. How can any parent be so selfish? Just because they're overweight, do they have to let their kids become overweight?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  66. Tom in Atlanta

    Wall*E was right!

    August 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  67. Chryssa

    Walk more, eat less. Works like magic.

    Boise, ID

    August 7, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
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    August 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  69. Pat, Greenville, Ohio


    As much as food costs now, I can't imagine what it will cost in 40 years. So only the rich should be obese.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  70. Ralph in New York City

    Jack, we should eat a diet low in calories and fat. We should develop plans of exercise now and for our later years. It would also help if we spend less time on our rear-ends listening to you, to Wolf, and to your "award-winning" panerlsd.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  71. Annie, Atlanta

    Eat right and exercise. Of course its the doing it part that will make the difference.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  72. Don Ferguson

    If we continue on our present path, the problem will take care of itself. Our profligate spending and failure to address over-population and environmental issues will result in poverty, plague, and a host of locusts. Overeating will no longer be an issue.

    Donald in Hilton Head, SC

    August 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  73. Ali - Montana

    Each day, try not to consume more calories than your body will burn.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  74. Darren Johnson

    With the price of food rising so rapidly, only the very wealthy will be in danger of becoming obese. The rest of us will be on the "poverty diet."

    Darren in Fairbanks, Alaska

    August 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  75. Erico 33139 FL

    Americans should ban together and outsource fast food outlets to the Chinese. The misplaced US workers sent to work on the farms picking vegetables and fruits. The chinese product will be so inedible (lots of chemicals)' that no one will eat it, thus causing a massive weight reduction in the US population. Now for the Mexican farm workers, they'll just have to bite the bullet.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  76. JT in NYC

    Everyone should get a treadmill, convert it to a generator and use it to generate their own electricity. That would solve both the obesity problem and the energy crisis in one swoop.

    August 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  77. Will, Maryland

    Uh, eat less?

    August 7, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  78. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    I'm overweight now, but growing up I was always skinny and it annoys me. What really annoys me is seeing a child that weighs as much as an adult when they are only in their preteen years. How can the parents let this happen? Simple. Plop them in front of a television shortly after they are born and when they start to walk and talk, give them a computer to sit at all day long. Refrain from making them get up to do anything except get more food. In a few years we'll be able to win all kinds of wars. The enemy will laugh themselves to death at all our overweight, fat soldiers yelling "FOOD!!"

    August 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  79. Dave of Oregon

    That depends upon the definition of IS overweight! Given that McDonald's is now assessing its menu prices, perhaps these adjustments in prices as inflation goes higher will restrict people from access to cheap fattening food. With Bennington's going out of business, here is another answer to lowering fattening food sources. Me thinks you are too presumptuous regards fat accessibility!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  80. kenneth sibbett

    Jack, the reason so many kids are obese is thay cannot stand gym class. Most kids wood rather take advanced algebra than go to gym class. Having to shower with strangers is one of the worst memories I have of high school. Usually the gym teachers find one or two to pick on so they can have a good laugh. I failed gym class every year because incompetant and cruel gym teachers did not come up with inventive classes besides dodgeball and tag.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  81. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Anybody seen Wall-E? Who says we need to leave Earth for the vision of the future body type to become the norm?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  82. Ray, Florida

    Eat alot of Chinese take out Jack!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  83. Paul, Columbia, SC

    Rabbits eat healthy diets and only live a year or two. I'll take fat and 80 thanks.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  84. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    This is Wall-E becoming reality.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  85. Theresa

    Do what I did 60 lbs. ago–make an entire individual lifestyle change. High blood pressure–high blood sugar–I said "no way am I going to let this go and suffer diabetes and heart disease later". No "extra" sugar, low cholesteral and sarurated fat foods, no trans fat, 3 meals only-no snacking, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, lean meat. From190 lbs. to 130 lbs. in 18 months. Was it easy–no. Was it worth it–YES!!! Blood pressure–blood sugar–normal–and has been for 7 yrs. Will I ever go back to high fat, junk-food, high sugar–NO WAY–I feel great!!! Physically and mentally. Only YOU can do it–noone can do it for you.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  86. Jay in Texas

    If I am alive in 40 years, I know that I won't be overweight. I am 53 years old and have kept my 30-inch waist since high school. I only eat out about once a month, rarely eat fried foods, haven't drank alcohol in 16 years, and I walk three to five miles a day. Maybe other Americans should follow this example. I saw a study on CNN this week that said that obesity causes as many cases of cancer as smoking does so many of those who are now overweight, unless they change their ways, won't have to worry about it 40 years from now because they won't be here.
    Brownwood, Texas

    August 7, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  87. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Simple. STOP eating junk food, processed food, and fast food! When I was in high school in the mid 60s, there were TWO visibly obese students there out of 1250, and they had medical problems that could not be controlled. So please, no one try to say it's all about exercise, and not what we eat. Back then, there were no fast food burger barns, far fewer bags of chips and associated crap, and yes, most parents simply did not allow their kids to eat unheathily and get fat. It obviously worked.

    All one needs do is to observe in a supermarket who is loading their carts up with what. It's impossible to not see the correlation between full carts of junk and processed food and meat, and the huge shoppers pushing the carts. This is probably not a politically correct analysis, and frankly I could not care less. Most obesity is self inflicted.

    So what about my own waistline? I will 58 tomorrow, and I am not overweight. I quit eating meat and poultry 15 years ago, stopped all junk foods, and try as much as possible to limit chemical laced processed food. Also, I avoid restaurants when I can and do my own cooking, which is as low fat as I can get it, without compromising taste. It can be done, but a bit of will power is necessary.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  88. Nuwan Sam

    It starts with taking resposibility about personal health instead of blaming everything else for it. People become overweight and obese by choice. Americans must start to choose to be healthy. It is that simple for me. Ask anyone who is fit. They will tell the same.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    August 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  89. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    Jack- not to worry, with this economy who can afford to eat?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  90. Eric from SF

    Presidential leadership: Bring the President's Council on Physical Fitness back into the public eye, and into the schools so as to create a culture of physical activity and healthy eating at an early age.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  91. Frank

    It won't be a problem, rather than deal with a negative our government will issue a revised chart that shows a new norm, bringing the bulk (pun intented) back to normal.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  92. Mike P. L.A.

    They aren't already?!?!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  93. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The republicans and McCain are all for everyone being overweight. Remember the political ad claiming that Obama was too skinny to be president?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  94. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Forget all this health crap that the doctors tell you. Everyone's body is different, and no one plan works for everyone. I figured out in high school exactly what my body needed to stay in shape, and it mostly included staying away from fast food. That new-fangled "food pyramid" thingy works wonders, and you can get some damn tasty meals out of it!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  95. irina pavlov

    "Experience" is what we had in Washington for the last eight years! Those opposing the disastrous Iraqi war exhibit intelligence and political savvy.


    August 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  96. Dan, Maryland

    Simple, tax foods that are bad for you, provide tax breaks for people who are members of a gym (and actually go), and provide tax breaks for companies who get a percentage of their work force to bike or walk to work. See that, I solved part of our health problem and energy problem in two short sentances, when I get to be 35 America better be ready Jack.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  97. Al, Lawrence KS

    I doubt this study takes into account that we will all be riding bicycles or walking within the next 40 years.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  98. aaron in Carolina Beach NC

    With modern advances in cosmetic surgey and diet pills, in 15 years fat will only be a choice. Well that is if your rich enough.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  99. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    This it one that I don't have to worry about at the age of 59.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  100. Willow, Sheldon Iowa

    Well, Jack, I have put in a large garden this summer, I have a back room in my basement with shelves for food, I have bought a tricycle with a big basket on it for exercise and to get to the store without using my car, I have a large yard and a power mower that is propelled by me. I live in a small town where I can bike everywhere. If I'm overweight in 30 years, I'll be the healthiest overweight 86 year old around town.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  101. Julianna in Biloxi

    My solution is termed 'the red m&M concept.' Years ago, red m&ms were removed from supply because they were harmful. Since they did not exist, folks did not have a choice whether or not to eat them. Fast forward: Get rid of fast food restaurants. People obviously aren't going to make the right choices themselves, so do it for them. Well, it worked in the 60s with the m&ms.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  102. Borden: Norfolk Va

    Ah, let's see. How about eating less junk. Then getting off our fat backsides and engaging in some physical activity. No that wouldn't work. Eating less junk would harm the fast food industry and adversly effect the number of new jobs generated. More pysical activity would leave all of our televisions, computers and game systems unused and unnessary. That wouldn't be good for the economy. Though question. I'm going to grab a snack when get home and think this over while watching the "Situation Room".

    August 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  103. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    I'm over sixty now so, I'm glad I didn't wait.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  104. David Richards

    A nice depression would surely skinny up the population. So let's elect John McCain so we can continue the Bush economic plan to its logical conclusion. It's the healthiest thing we could do for our country.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  105. Don in Ottawa, ON

    It's evolution Jack. As the climate gets warmer, we are getting bigger – just like dinasaurs.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  106. Angela Frazier Memphis, TN

    Maybe ya'll will, but I WON'T!!!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  107. Cynthia

    More of us are going to have to do what I just finished doing – hit the gym, watch the amounts of food that we eat, and eat more healthy. The eating healthy part creates another problem because eating healthy can be expensive. If it comes down to paying all your bills or eating healthy most people will pay their bills.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  108. Angela Frazier Memphis, TN

    Push back from the table! Eat like humans and not pigs!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  109. Joe, Arlington, Virginia

    Jack, it's already too late. We just watched "Jaws 1" and our teenage daughter said "look how skinny all the people were in the seventies." Go to any American beech today and the shameless display of "double wides" is enough to scare off a 40 foot Great White. We need a "fat limit law" for people to take their cloths off on vacation.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  110. Dan, Chantilly VA

    I hate to say it, but part of the blame lies with the "Political Correctness" that's taken a hold of the media. Yes, it's wrong to make fun of overweight people and yes it's wrong to only use skinny people in ads and in movie roles, etc., but we're not doing ourselves any favors by swinging so far in the other direction and saying there's nothing wrong with being fat. I also blame our schools for getting rid of things like gym class and recess. And of course, we could blame tv and video games. But honestly, playing the blame game all day won't make people more healthy. Putting the fork down and going for a jog will.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  111. Sophia


    My 5' 8" husband weighed 272 lbs. He decided to eat less and exercise more. After 18 months he now weighs 155lbs and is in excellent condition.

    There was no magic formula involved merely will power.

    Louisville, Ky

    August 7, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  112. Rod from Allentown PA

    I'm sure there will be an obesity tax involved.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  113. Ex-Obama Democrat for McCain

    This totally sucks--As a fat person, I've managed to miss every " fat is acceptable" trend in the human history . I must've been really bad in my last life. John Framingham MA

    August 7, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  114. Evelyne

    Did you ever think that somewhere out there there are others who are fattening us up getting ready for dinner? It's a dog eat dog world and we should all be very afraid.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  115. Frantz (Atlanta)


    I would love to answer your question in detail. However, I am too busy eating my third lunch.

    I wonder what's for dinner?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  116. Derek New Jersey

    Go to the gym instead of sitting at home, being lazy, and eating fast food everyday. Haven't we all learned from Super Size Me and Richard Simmons?

    August 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  117. Rosalynd Florida

    Americans need to move their bodies more. We watch to much TV, drive everywhere we need to go, play video games, and sit at our desk for lunch. Kids in my neighborhood or rarely outside. I make it a point to eat lunch away from my desk, I play a sport like tennis to mix up attending the gym, and I only eat red meat, if at all, on a summer holiday or if I eat out (very seldom). Small changes in our eating habits and physical exercise habits will make the difference.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  118. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Simply put ... be personally accountable for your own health and weight. Don't expect the food industry, the health care industry, the government, the restaurant industry, the fitness industry or any diet plan to do for you what you need to be doing for yourself. If we're all as really as smart as we think we are ... then, being accountable and personally responsible for our own choices to ensure our best weight and health will be inevitable.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  119. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I don't have time to answer this question right now, Jack. I've got to get my extra large pizza out of the oven before it burns.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  120. Jeremy D (University of Texas)

    We should elect Paris Hilton, she'd keep us totally hot.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  121. Lisa in GA.

    Jack, it is sad but true, the very same things that are regulated....liquor, cigarettes, fast food, over the counter meds that can be abuse. I know we live in the land of the free... we cannot blame anyone but ourselves for the problems we have

    August 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  122. rick viburnum Mo

    40 years heck i'm fat now but I can still get up on a wakeboard at 52!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  123. Lynn - frustrated Republican, CA

    Insist that the FDA take high-fructose corn syrup out of prepared foods, put more fiber in all packaged foods (I don't mean by eating the box!) and at the same time put mandatory nutritional and exercise classes in the Educational System – classes should be mandatory for the parents of children with over-eating obesity.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  124. Kelly, Philadelphia

    Demand the standards change for what defines overweight. I'm 5'6" and weigh 150 lbs and although my BMI is low, I'm considered overweight. The current standard requires us all to be frail to make the mark so those of us who regularly weight train are out of luck.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  125. bridgette

    I don't think Americans are eating more I think it is all of these chemicals that they put in this food. They shoot the cows up to produce more milk, we have no idea what the effects on our bodies. That is why these children are so humongous compared to when we were small kids. They feed the chicken steroids to make them bigger what do you think it is going to do to us as humans. This is why so many countries don't want our meat too come to their nations. We are putting fructose in everything and that is just sugar. And even if you try to eat less you are still putting these chemicals in your body. And the organic stuff is just too expensive. The average family can't afford to shop their.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  126. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Start with putting recess back in schools! Eating healthy sounds like a good solution, but healthy food is more expensive, and we keep getting warnings about contamination in healthy food! But if the energy crisis gets much worse, a lot of us will be walking more, because we can't afford to drive. Maybe Congress could set an example! Most of them look pretty well fed!!

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  127. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    FORTY YEARS? Hell! WE can do better than that. Pass the biscuits and gravy, Jack, and throw another waffle on the griddle.

    Pablo in Arlington, Texas

    August 7, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  128. Alan


    I'm 63. I exercise daily. I walk/jog several miles each day with my dog at my side. I'm careful what I eat but not that careful. My BP & weight are fine. My cholesterol is 160. When my sons were in grade school, they would come home & ride their bikes all over town or rollerblade or be sports practice. As they got older they worked out. Today they are fit & trim young men in their late 20's & early 30's. I set the example for them & they followed. I'm not immortal but I'm doing the best I can to stay healthy. BTW, most people are amazed when I tell them how old I am. They usually guess about 7-10 years younger.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  129. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    When I was growing up, our food did not have all the additives they have now. There was no such thing as a TV set or video games. I never saw a fast food restaurant. We were out and about playing. People may make fun of the "good old days" but if you were there, they were for a lot of reasons.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  130. Marty

    If people are overweight, that's their choice and none of my business or yours. I think we need to stop telling others what to do with their lives and start looking at how to improve ourselves as human beings. That would solve the weight issue and several others.

    August 7, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  131. George

    Common sense, by eating, or otherwise consuming healthy, and just plain old exercise. I can't believe that there are so many lazy people in this country, no wonder aliens can come in here and get jobs. I know a man so lazy that when he hit the lottery, he asked them if they could just roll him over, and put it in his pocket.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  132. Gary H. Boyd, Scottsdale, Arizona

    In 40 years the earth's population will exceed 9 billion and if they're all overweight, the planet's gonna tip over and since china/india have the most, they'll be on the bottom.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  133. Stacey

    Contrary to what people may say or think, most weight issues have less to do with what we put in our mouths and MORE to do with mental health issues that CAUSE the putting of food in our mouths.

    The fact that we're so overweight as a nation says to me that we're seriously lacking in our mental health. No surprise there given that we're overworked, generall underpaid unless you're a celebrity or CEO, and have little vacation time.

    So what should we do? Get MENTALLY healthy. The rest falls into place after that.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  134. Rishi from Colonia, NJ

    Hey Jack. We need to keep Americans talking instead of eating. I hear "money talks" so let's give all Americans who maintain their Body Mass Index an annual tax break.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  135. MPA

    You have to want to change something Jack, not just that but decide how far you want to go with political correctness in getting the message across that its your choice.
    Sports in school for everyone, good idea, I hated it since I was self concious. and you know what one day i noticed I was good at it, and that motivated me more to have FUN while taking care of myself ! Its not a chore really, treat it like fun, a game a social outing even...next thing you know you want to take care of yourself!

    August 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  136. John, NC

    It might not sound like much, but it would help to build more sidewalks. That way I could go jogging without getting hit by a car.

    August 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  137. Randy, Salt Lake City

    Leave the country.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  138. KS

    Raise the limits and definitions of "OVERWEIGHT" in 39 years and 11 months if the USA is still around.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  139. Debbie from Blue Springs, MO

    We should not have trans fats in our food supply. No amount of trans fat is safe for humans to consume. Currently, two-thirds of Americans are overweight. Losing weight means eating leans meats and fruits and vegetables. Look around everyone is huge. These people eat whatever they want and don't seem to care.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  140. me46

    Have you seen the size of chickens, hogs and cows lately? Whatever the farmers are feeding them is going straight to my belly.

    alf – las vegas

    August 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  141. Ian, Canada

    Morph into curmudgeons like you, Jack. You don't appear to have a weight problem. Must be the lifestyle.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  142. Tom C, Stuart, Fl

    Jack, either stop eating or stop acting like adults.Give me a 32 ounce porterhouse, extra fat and fries cooked in lard. YUM, YUM.

    Tom C. Stuart, FL.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  143. Rose

    Stop eating Chicken, since they get fed hormones in their feed.
    Stop eating beef, since they to get hormones in their feed too.
    Stop eating vegetables and friut since their DNA have been changed to make them PLUMPER and BIGGER.
    Guess where all that hormone and DNA changing fruit and veggies goes, when you eat.
    Yep, right into you.

    We all know this is happening, but we all pretend that it is not.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  144. Mike, Naples,FL.

    Jack, it's simple. shutdown all fast food restaurants , LEARN how to cook at home, DO NOT eat too much and EXERCISE frequently

    August 7, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  145. Ed North Carolina

    It is pretty much up to the individual isn't it? I guess health care premimums including medicare taxes could be graduated upward for ever pound you are consider to be overweight. Americans respond mostly to money and if it cost more to be overweight then fewer will be. Gas costs more and we are using less. Same principle applies.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  146. William from Sanford, NC

    Go with the Social Security last number diet law. Even numbers eat Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Odd numbers eat Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Nobody eats on Sunday. The penalty for violating diet laws will be working in a restaurant on days you can't eat.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  147. Cliff Dick

    Watch the Cafferty file and when you get through throwing up each day you are bound to lose weight.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  148. Lisa from Virginia

    I trust Obama far more than John McCain! Obama is smart and honest. McCain, while not as stupid as Dubya, has done nothing to fight off the oil barons who run our foreign policy. He's even willing to do their bidding and start a war with Iran – not to "win" anything over there, but to keep oil prices high here.

    And McCain is trying to help the gas companies make a land-grab, and a sea-grab, by letting them take possession of national resources instead of drilling on the land we've already "leased" them at give-away prices.

    Obama. Not McSame.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  149. Jerry--- Roselle, Illinois

    Lets see I'm 71 years old now and in 40 years I'll be
    111 years old and overweight so I hope they still make coffins
    in extra large.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  150. Tamika, Oklahoma

    We have a "sin" tax for smokers to help pay for medical cost, what about a tax for candy bars and fast food to help pay for their medical care? Just a thought from a physically fit uninsured American.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  151. Janet, USA via Toronto

    The Individual has to take some responsibility on choosing the food and stop being gullible with food ads that look good, false advertising!
    Be a shopper who truly thinks and read all contents and choose foods that are grown and raised without hormones or pesticides.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  152. Lisa from Virginia

    Someone said "stop making bigger clothes." Don't be ridiculous. Make lots of attractive, comfortable large clothes that people are willing to be seen in, and maybe it will be easier for them to get out and walk around.

    There's hardly ANY plus-size exercise wear to be found out there! Come on, fashion industry, be patriotic and give the public a break!

    August 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  153. John from Carlsbad

    It is about time Americans start taking some personal accountability and responsibility for their own lives and their own health. The chickens are coming to roost on our healthcare system when all these obese people fall apart.

    They blame the fast food companies, they blame the government, they blame genetics, they blame an unfair society but in reality none of those people make the choice to eat what they do and the choice not to exercise. They would rather blame than look into the mirror to fix their own problems themselves.

    How do we fix this Jack? Let's start by putting accountability into their lives. Sure we can give them all the healthy options they can handle but when it comes right down to it, it is THEIR choice. I know it is not politically correct but it needs to be said.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  154. Ruth in SC

    Stop tempting us to sit at our computers and writing comments to your blog! But seriously, we all need to eat less and move around more and the Internet has become addictive to many of us. It's not so bad for us old folks but young people have forgotten what it is like to walk or play outdoor games like softball, etc. And stop urban sprawl where the houses are so far away that the parents drive their kids to "play dates."

    August 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  155. Colleen @ Saginaw, Michigan

    The vast majority of schools serve far too much high-calorie, high-fat, processed food for lunch. Nachos and pizza every day, power drinks, snack chips and cakes are the norm for the school in which I work. Most students ignore the salad bar and fresh fruits. Schools also make a lot of money serving the junk-food and don't want to lose the money the sales bring in.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  156. Edin

    we should consider the economic differences here. if you earn less money you are more likely to eat unhealthy and become overweight and you probably cannot affort a gym membership anyways. If you are doing decenly well it probably means you take into consideration what you buy and eat a lot more because you can be picky. When you are poor and on a budget all you have is the cheap stuff and that is not healhy food.

    So there you have it...in 40 years all of america will be poor and fat...kinda sounds like today

    August 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  157. Paul

    Tax snack food like we tax tobacco. Snack food is just as deadly.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  158. joe joe

    We can't afford to buy groceries now that equates to a balanced meal. I don't believe we will be overweight !

    August 7, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  159. Jag, Geneva, Switzerland

    I am always surprised at the hugeportions of food served in most restaurants in the USA. I can barely eat half of it, and if I take the rest home for next day's lunch, there goes my diet (which is already shot with the calories in the first half portion, anyway). And free refills for the sodas? Keep the calories coming. Europe has the servings which are about half the size of that in the US (though usually at a higher price!), and if you want a second soda, you have to pay for it.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  160. Jean-Charles Canada

    Every time I travel in the United States, restaurants serve huge portions. Often, for 99 cents we can overzize the plate and the drink. Instead of a plate it looks like a tray for a group. Instead of a glass of coke, it looks like a pale of coke. This is part of the american culture : ABONDANCE ! Americans have the same culture when it is about the size of their homes, the size of their cars, SUV or trucks.... The attitude is WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE DESERVE AFFLUENCE....

    Ottawa, Canada

    August 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  161. Shafi Alam

    Drinking water and walking moving all the parts of the body help in reducing the weight. Eating four times, every time eating light foods should also help. Being joyful may be a mental cure. Avoiding all kinds of reasons for being fat must be practiced.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  162. Kevin

    Jack, look at the bright side in 40 years you will be able to buy cholesteral control and high blood pressure medications over the counter. Bummer! I just spilled chocolate syrup on my mouse.


    August 7, 2008 at 5:40 pm |
  163. Joe St Louis, MO


    We have a problem in our country with corporate resturants not taking the time and effort to make choices healthier. The corporate mindset of profit over responsible actions has given us many things to look forward to in the future. Not to dismiss that every persons resposibility to themselves has become something of the past.


    ST Louis.MO

    August 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  164. James

    Everyone's complaining about having no grocery money in this downward spiraling economy, but yet the 8 or 9 drive-thru's within 1/2 a mile of my home are jammed to the gills morning, noon and night.

    Unless competence regains it's place over convenience, we're unfortunately destined to become the fattest populace on Earth.

    Lake In The Hills, IL

    August 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  165. ED in RI


    All I can say regarding this question is: I told my 16 year old boy, that things have changed, and I'm glad that I'm not looking for "dates" anymore. I'm overwhelmed looking at the prospects of some form of "union" these days, based on my experiences in the past. I'm blessed to be married to a "nowhere-near" obese woman. I do have reservations about my sons' prospects.


    August 7, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  166. Daniel in Germany

    Fat chance Jack. Judging from the last time I visited, I would be surprised if it took 14 years, much less 40. Maybe then they can tax people who are overweight, so America will once again live off the fat of the land.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  167. Daniel in Milwaukee

    So wait a minute Jack...
    if I eat burgers and fries like the picture you have on the blog,
    I'll be alive in 40 years?


    August 7, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  168. Micah of Las Vegas NV

    Don't worry Jack with the rise in gas prices we will have to stop buying food all togather to fill up our tanks. Thus this problem will solve itself. On a more serious note, people are either just going to have to exercise (oh no) and watch what they eat. I find it hard to believe that ALL people will be overweight. There should atleast be one person in California that cares about their body.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  169. jason

    Necessity is the mother of invention. As long as we can eat fat, rich foods cheaply and not be held accountable as cardiac bypass surgery will surely be picked up by Wal-mart shortly making it affordable, nothing will change. Eat less, exercise more....yaddha yaddha. We say that and few people change. We need a good recession where is costs more to eat forcing people to change.

    August 7, 2008 at 5:59 pm |
  170. Mike Stewart

    A good start would be your personal physician. The AMA should encourage all American doctors to tell their patients "Hey fatso, you're killing yourself!"

    August 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  171. KenB, MI

    too late...

    August 7, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  172. Jennifer Collins

    With children spending their time playing video games instead of playing outdoors, and restaurants supersizing everything this fact is not at all surprising. What can be done... parents need to take the lead role for themselves and their kids. Schools need to bring back sports and the goverment needs to do something to help low-income families.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  173. Peter

    Eat less.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  174. Lyn, St Geo, UT

    Start reading labels, if you see high futose corn surup, put that back on the shelf. That is one item in the food that will put weight on anyone and has. When food producer starting using that in place of sugar that is when we all started gaining weight!!!

    August 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  175. paul priolo

    put down the fork.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  176. Mikey from Kansas

    Stop watching the Cafferty file so much and stop eating all the stuff you advertise during commercials.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  177. Daniel in Milwaukee

    Does this mean they will have to halt air transportation, or will they have to charge us by the pound?

    August 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  178. Eric from Dayton


    How did you not manage to blame Bush for this?

    When Obama is annointed President, he will save us, all will be good with the world then......

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  179. Tom in Canada

    Your plan to stop bringing in foreign workers to harvest crops should take care of that problem.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  180. Dave in Carlisle, PA

    Simple, Jack. Have the RNC consult with Paris Hilton for her advice on weight loss. After all, she's "hot" and according to McCain's political machine she has all the answers the country needs.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  181. NicolePlano, Texas

    Put down the forks.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  182. Josh in Corvallis

    Everyone should start riding bicycles.

    1.3 billion Chinese can't be wrong.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  183. Darryl

    Don't worry about it, Jack, global warming is going to wipe us all out before that anyway. Can't you just hear all that fat sizzling?

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  184. Nicole Plano, Texas

    Put down the fork.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  185. ina from ohio

    push away from the table
    stop eating like pigs.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  186. Thomas R. Morgan

    Give us back our diet pills. Nobody was obese in the 1960's

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  187. ed bishop


    A simple solution would to move to Ethiopia!

    August 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  188. Harold Strickland

    Two Words Jack:

    Soylent Green.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  189. sandra/canada

    Dear Jack: That's easy. And you can solve the energy crisis at the same time. Park your cars.


    August 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  190. jackie

    i won't be. but thoes who like to eat at the fast food places everyday will. we need to stop being lazy and start riding and walking every opppotunity we get.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  191. Morris from Maryland

    The problem with America is that we are already a weight-obsessed culture. Practically everything on TV and bookshelves is about how to lose weight! How about instead we put some weight into our brains by watching less TV and silly books, and investing in our education of money, the World and the people around us. You cannot solve the American family's financial problems by becoming thinner and beautiful.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  192. John Bosshardt


    Maybe those obese people would wake up if their health insurance went up according to their weight. 10 to 50 % overweight 10 to 50% increase in health insurance, How about a 10 to 50% increase in transportation costs, airline tickets would be a good example.

    Maybe these people just need to increase their activity 10 to 50 % and get off their backside then the problem would probably go away!

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  193. Jane

    There's an easy solutions to the weight problem, but nobody has the guts to mention it, much less enforce it: eliminate all insurance-paid health care coverage for any treatments needed due to excess weight. If people had to pay out of their own pocket for the damage they do to themselves by over-indulgence, they might learn some discipline.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  194. Ray Asadi

    Cut lunch in public schools, close all the the Macdonald's, Burger King, and many other fast food chains. Then encourage people to eat healthy and exercise rather than getting fat and dieing at an early age. People are starving around the world but for us its the opposite. Maybe we should send some food rather than money overseas. Thanks

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  195. Rob

    100%!!! I sure hope they don't actually pay the people that did this "study". Not one (1) thin adult will remain in forty years!! Couldn't they say 99% and give themselves a little wiggle room? Well, based on this study there is some good news; anorexia, meth and cocain addicts will no longer exist! You know what they say...... "Figures don't lie, but liers figure."

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  196. Mike, Vancouver BC

    Ban all fast food joints, ban soft drinks, chocolate or any other kind of sweets.

    Serve only dried out low fat steaks or other meat types.

    Get big on salad in the morning, lunch and dinner and leave all the grains and corn types of food for car fuel.

    Pay for and issue each citizen and bicycle or those who cannot ride a scooter.

    Don't import any luxury items and let's get back to the day the Pilgrim arrived on the east coast.

    We can start again to some degree...

    The obvious answer is that the American dream says you can have it all.

    Now you want to take it away............. go figure!

    Obviously it is a larger issue, but don't forget it also comes along with responsibility, and responsibility needs to be taught not left up to it's own to occur.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  197. Jasmine in Germany

    Jack: pass this on to your smart reader "Jayne" (today, August 7th, 2008, 2:04 pm ET): an orange (healthy nourishment) for $1.00 and Mac & Cheese (instant, unhealthy fake food) for $0.35? The only thing I can think of is that is easier to open a box than to peel a piece fruit. What a sad state of affairs, considering that the orange is a heck of a lot cheaper to manufacture and has many more health merits than pseudo cheese powder, not so pure noodles, printed intructions and packaging that doesn't get reycled. But, that's the habit that U. S. Americans have chosen for themselves (not smart).

    Why don't you guys wake up and starting eating real food and learn to cook? There are millions in the world starving and many of you argue about which fast food chain it's gonna be tonight. I'm starting to sound just as bitter as Jack.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  198. Harvey

    The reason everyone will be overweight is because we are working 80 hours a week instead of having time to exercise in order to pay for the reduced medical coverage the corporations believe we deserve.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  199. Lil from TN

    Outlaw high fructose corn syrup.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  200. Harry Holsinger

    Duh! - Try eating less. Give incentives for eating less like indexing air fares, health and life insurance premiums to weight. We card folks for age when they try to buy alchohol at the super market. How about carding for weight when they try to buy fatty and sugary foods?

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  201. Esai, UK

    You should start with the kids..there’s little hope for the already lazy and obese adults, jack. Give them less junk, and for crying out loud, try cooking good food AT home. Take away, and fast everything is not a good example ... If u cant take time to make it, your kids wouldnt even know the various nutrients and how they affect their bodies. As for those who are already obese now, prayers, jack, prayers. And some old school military sports regimens.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  202. Pam Rugtiv

    Jack, The way I see it, this would solve the social security problem as well as lighten Medicare costs, nursing shortages, etc. Life expectancy for obese people is far shorter than for those with average weights. What's the problem?

    August 7, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  203. Steve

    The overweight problem may be self-resolving. It was just reported recently that fuel costs are driving fast food prices up and causing some restaurants to make the portions they serve smaller for the same price. Also, when China finally owns all of our trillions of dollars of National debt and our natural resources they may restrict how much we eat. I hope you like rice.


    August 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  204. ray robinson

    it's easy jack.discipline yourself and most importantly your kids diet.let them know from a young age just how nasty fastfood/junkfood is for our health.there is a surplus of imformation out there particularly on the internet.oh yeah and sue the crap out of mcdonalds

    August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  205. Stacey Scarmack, MS, Exercise Physiologist

    Avoid all foods that are white, white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil.

    Use your television time wisely, and exercise an hour most days of the week, include strength training and aerobic activity.

    Obese individuals need to pay an additional health tax to provide for their health care, just as people are required to pay for eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, et cetera.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  206. David

    1. It's in the best interest of companies to have healthy workers. But Americans are working longer hours with less buying power. Companies should have paid lunchtime at work and pay their employees enough to workout at the gym. Also, have more telecommuting careers!!

    2. The government should be subsidizing meat & vegetables, not sugar and wheat.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  207. Patricia Carlson

    Daily exercise and thinking about what we eat. It really is simple. Get up and move; park further from the stores; take stairs; walk the dog. Have your french fries, but only the small serving and only once a week. Do not drown a "healthy salad" in a quarter cup of full fat dressing. Go outside and play with the kids. Get them to move away from the computers and video games. It really is rather sad to see school age children getting larger and larger (along with their parents)
    Thanks for listening. PS . I lost over 80 pounds 20 years ago and have kept it off by simply doing moderate exercise and thinking about my daily intake of food.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  208. Derrick from Clearwater, FL

    We get educated to workless and spend our time working cushy jobs behind a desk for 10hrs a day, to only go home and play video games and respond to our Blackberry's. We need to go back to being primitive, working hard labor jobs and get away from the technology. What did we do when we did not have cell phones? We ran from house to house to gossip and ate-less because drive-in windows took forever. With that said, we need to work-less, eat-less, and stop being worth-less.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  209. Stella

    Well,I think the solution is simple. Everyone just needs to eat healthy,and perhaps go vegetarian. Laying off the red meat can do wonders,no lie. Fruits and veggies are better for the human stomach anyway...the food pyramid is a hoax and doesn't help anyone..just more propaganda.It's not nearly balanced enough!! I may be 12 years old but even I can see that the meat category seriously needs to shrink...by the way,if Sen. Obama becomes president that helps too.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  210. C. Anderson from Los Angeles, CA

    The bottom line is this, "If you don't put it in your mouth, it won't go on your ass"!

    August 7, 2008 at 6:24 pm |
  211. Bill - Asheboro, North Carolina

    The first step towards a better life style for people is giving the billions of dollars in tax breaks congress is granting oil companies to the ordinary American farmer and food supplier. This would allow healthier food producers with better marketing and efficiency to compete with the producers of today that sacrifice America's health for profit.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  212. Stephan

    I'm 52, and work part time in an "upscale" market, in the deli section, across from our bakery section. We're an overweight society because the
    fools who have all this disposable income, despite our recession are eating their way into the record books. It is difficult to fathom the amount of food and the type of food people eat constantly, and the rationalizations they tell people like me, (as if I care why they're buying two pounds of some kinda pasta and 4 twice baked potatoes big steaks and a cake) and polish it all off with a diet cola. Then they get into their three ton SUV, drive home, gorge, watch TV, and get up the next day and do it again.
    My inlaws are the poster children for what I just described, unless of course they're eating out somewhere, having burgers, fries, hush puppies, dessert and, oh yeah, unsweetened iced tea.
    Why? because they can.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  213. Linda Drake

    I'm sorry, Jack, but the solution to the obesity problem can't be answered in a sound bite. The issues are really complex...even "eat less, move more" can be hard when people don't know how many calories they are eating. A typical fast food meal can give you an entire day's worth of calories! And our cheap food (yes, when compared to what it costs in other countries) contains lots of calories, fat, sugar, salt...it's expensive to eat well unless you really know what you're doing and how to cook. So blame the fatties, but they aren't the only ones to blame

    Linda in CT

    August 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm |
  214. George Smith

    Education is the key. Obesity should be made public enemy No. 1. Childen should have lessons at school making it clear what the consequences are of over-indulgence. The lessons should not only cover nutrition, but the health and medical consequences of over-eating..

    August 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  215. Sujay

    1) if somehow plastic surgery becomes cheap, ban lipo
    2) buy Wii fit
    3) ask yourself what you're doing on the caffertyfile
    4) with the help of gene technology, insert the 'fat' gene of keira knightley into everyone
    5) eat so much junk that you get sick of it
    6) hope potato prices plumet
    7) build a safe house and fill it all with food before everyone eats it all

    August 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  216. Linda from Seattle

    Jack we just returned from Western Europe where residents seem more fit and healthy. Why? Part of the reason is the high reliance on public transportation, walking and bicycling.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm |
  217. mooge

    Have you ever wonder why are we getting fatter year after year? It is because we have been driving to everywhere from Sunday to Saturday.
    People, let us drive less and ride or walk more.Then, you will see that you will not only safe your life but you will also put some money into your wallet.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  218. James in Tennessee

    It is ludacris to suggest that every single American will eventually become overweight. You would have olympic marathon runners that are overweight.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |
  219. Tim

    And in 120 years, everybody alive right now will be dead...except for me due to my calorie restricted bran, grapefruit and cat hair diet. I will live forever, quite unhappily.

    August 7, 2008 at 6:33 pm |