I’ve had it banged over my head for decades that “OMG you’re going to get diabetes!!!!”, so when I read this I was a bit flummoxed:
All those years of worry, of dieting to try to avoid diabetes, of being told that I ABSOLUTELY would get diabetes if I didn’t lose weight permanently, and … 75% of obese people never get it?
Yes, if 25% of obese people get diabetes in their lifetime, that is a large precentage. But the impression I’d been given was that it was closer to 80% or 90%. Was I just totally misunderstanding all these years, or just listening to too many scare tactics?
Edited to add: This CDC report from 2004 includes more information on the number of diabetics who are overweight or obese across various ages and ethnicities. It notes that it did not include people living in nursing homes.
Edited to add: This Gallup poll reports that 11% of Americans overall have diabetes, which would put the rate of diabetics who are fat higher than those who are officially “normal weight”. Considering diabetes causes insulin resistance and weight gain, this is not suprising.