That’s Ten Weeks Away

by Tom Swift

The average American is 23 pounds heavier than his or her ideal body weight.[1]

Since the late 1980s and early 1990s, the average American has put on 15 or more additional pounds without getting any taller.[2]

Every pound of excess weight exerts about four pounds of extra pressure on the knees.[3]

Consuming an extra 100 calories a day without burning them off can leave you 10 pounds heavier at the end of a year.[4]

Among other things, excess weight contributes to depression and anxiety, creates poor intestinal tract functioning, increases joint pain, and inhibits sexual functioning.[5]

Excessive weight leads to lower life expectancy.[6]

I plan to lose ten pounds by Memorial Day.[7]


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[1] “Is Fat the New Normal?,” Sherry Rauh, WebMd archives, 2010.

[2] “The Average Americans’ Weight Change Since the 1980s is Startling,” Randy Dotinga, CBS News HealthDay, August 3, 2016.

[3] “How Fat Affects Arthritis,” Andrea Kane, Arthritis Foundation,, undated.

[4] “Why weight matters when it comes to joint pain,” Harvard Health,, undated.

[5] “14 Bizarre Things That Can Happen When You Gain Weight,” Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Reader’s Digest, April 18, 2018.

[6] “2 Reasons How Extra Pounds Can Affect Your Body,” Mariya O. Pogorelova, Mercy Health, December 31, 2013.

[7] While maintaining — hopefully increasing — muscle.