Friday, 22 March 2013

Bariatrics

Junk food, fast food, bariatrics, obesity, fat, diet

BARIATRICS

Noun plural. M20.
[from BARO- Greek baros weight +IATRIC Greek iatrikos, from iatros physician]

The branch of medicine concerned with obesity and weight control.

Also:
bariatric
adjective. L20.

bariatrician
noun. M20.
a doctor who specialises in obesity and weight control. M20.

Expect to hear the word bariatrics more and more in the future as the West sinks into an ever-deepening obesity epidemic. It's strange that, in Britain, jokes are often made about 'fat Americans' when we're really in no position to poke fun. It's estimated that 1 in 4 adults in Britain are classified as obese (having a body mass index higher than 30) and there are growing numbers classified as super-obese (having a body mass index higher than 50). What is particularly sad is the escalation of childhood obesity, with an estimated 1 in 3 children in the UK being overweight or obese by the time they leave Primary School at 11 years old. Clearly obesity is a very British problem, as much as we'd like to pretend it isn't.

3 comments:

  1. I don't know if it's still the case, but Britain has been the fatest European country for a while. Hm, I think it's becoming a world wide problem, people taking the easy way out because "it tastes good" or "everyone eats fast food". But it's just as easy to say no.

    I'm kinda embarrassed to admit I knew this one... from watching "Supersize vs Superskinny" (British reality tv show with a very handsome doctor). Yeah... I watch trash okay! Don't judge me!

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  2. British reality TV, eh? I think you've judged yourself!

    And yes, Britain has one of the highest obesity rates in the world, and probably the highest in Europe. Funny thing is we just don't see it : o )

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    1. Well, if everyone's fat, nobody's fat.

      Oh yes, I judge myself on a regular basis. It's a whole trial with attorneys and everything. Anyhow, the court decided watching British reality TV is an innocent guilty pleasure. I don't have to go to jail this time!

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