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Fat and getting fatter...

Well, not necessarily me - I've got the scales headed in the right direction for the moment, but the latest state-by-state data for how overweight we are as a nation is of concern. This raw data from Trust for America's Health indicates that on average, the percentage of obese adults has risen 0.7% in the last year, to 25.98%. And that's obese, not just overweight, which percentage is about 2/3 of the population.

State Rate Rank Change
Miss. 32.5 1 0.8
Ala. 31.2 2 1.1
W.Va. 31.1 3 0.4
Tenn. 30.2 4 1.3
S.C. 29.7 5 0.5
Okla. 29.5 6 1.4
Ky. 29 7 0.6
La. 28.9 8 -0.6
Mich. 28.8 9 1.1
Ark. 28.6 10 0.5
Ohio 28.6 10 1.6
N.C. 28.3 12 1.2
Mo. 28.1 13 0.7
Ga. 27.9 14 0.4
Texas 27.9 14 0.6
Ind. 27.4 16 -0.1
Del. 27.3 17 1.4
Alaska 27.2 18 -0.1
Kan. 27.2 18 1.4
Neb. 26.9 20 0.4
S.D. 26.9 20 0.9
Iowa 26.7 22 0.4
N.D. 26.7 22 0.8
Pa. 26.7 22 1
Md. 26 25 0.7
Wis. 26 25 0.6
Ill. 25.9 27 0.6
Ore. 25.4 28 0.4
Va. 25.4 28 0.2
Wash. 25.4 28 0.9
Minn. 25.3 31 0.5
Nev. 25.1 32 1.4
Ariz. 24.8 33 1.5
Idaho 24.8 33 0.2
Maine 24.7 35 1.1
N.M. 24.6 36 1.3
N.Y. 24.5 37 1
Wyo. 24.3 38 0.4
Fla. 24.1 39 0.8
N.H. 24.1 39 0.6
Calif. 23.6 41 0.5
N.J. 23.4 42 0.5
Mont. 22.7 43 1
Utah 22.5 44 0.6
D.C. 22.3 45 0.2
Vt. 22.1 46 1
Hawaii 21.8 47 1.1
R.I. 21.7 48 0.3
Conn. 21.3 49 0.5
Mass. 21.2 50 0.3
Colo. 18.9 51 0.4


It's not an easy issue to deal with. A few years ago, I got myself down to a trim 163,and stayed there for quite some time. As my relationship went south and divorce ensued, I stopped giving a rat's south-40, started eating whatever the hqiz I wanted, and got the inevitable result. Now I'm paying attention again - but that's just one man's story.

Food is a great comfort. That momentary rush of endorphins we get when we slam our guts full of salty grease and high-glycemic carbs really does feel good. Ahhh... For the moment. And it becomes a full-blown addiction, as our blood sugar crashes into the red zone and our bodies begin screaming for their next Phix sorry, fix. Freudian slip there. Hope you're reading this, Pablo. And the cycle repeats.

But along with getting people to quit smoking, there's not a thing that would do more to reduce overall healthcare costs in America than to get our nation's average Body Mass Index down below 25. 23 would be ideal, but I'd settle for 25 to start with.

So until I get there myself again, I'll pipe down - but this deserved to be said.


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deckardcanine
Jul. 1st, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
So D.C. is under 23 and toward the bottom!... with a mild increase. I see that only three states are improving their scores, Louisiana the most. I wonder what caused that change.

I also wonder how obesity and overweight rates compare among rural, urban, and suburban areas. Maybe D.C. has an advantage in being just a city.

Incidentally, today's "Bizarro" strip (not yet available online) shows "restroom signs for a new America." The silhouettes are basically rotund, and only the vertical borders of the woman's gown indicate gender difference.
ccdesan
Jul. 2nd, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
I love Piraro's work. I wish the online strips were coeval with the printed version.
dhlawrence
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
I'm lucky--my metabolism hasn't slowed down yet, so I eat practically anything and still look like I just spent two weeks crossing a barren desert.
ccdesan
Jul. 2nd, 2009 05:45 am (UTC)
Beato tu!
carlfoxmarten
Jul. 3rd, 2009 03:44 am (UTC)
So, how many fast-food and doughnut shops are there per state per capita?
(gotta put all of this in some kind of perspective)

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