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This is from the CDC's data. Ranked from fattest % of population and marked Red/Blue as they voted in the 2008 presidential election.Originally Posted by The Center for Disease Control
So, America is fat and getting fatter. What are the causes? I believe that one of those causes is being poor.
2008 State Obesity Rates
West Virginia 31.2
South Carolina 30.1
North Carolina 29.0
South Dakota 27.5
North Dakota 27.1
New Mexico 25.2
New York 24.4
New Hampshire 24.0
New Jersey 22.9
Washington DC 21.8
Rhode Island 21.5
Compared with the 10 poorest states (Median Household Income):
# South Carolina $43,329
# Tennessee $42,367
# Oklahoma $41,567
# New Mexico $41,452
# Louisiana $40,926
# Alabama $40,554
# Kentucky $40,267
# Arkansas $38,134
# West Virginia $37,060
# Mississippi $36,338
The poor have a tough time getting a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets and many have to deal with times of food insecurity, which has serious links with obesity.
Many in poverty work multiple jobs at varying 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift schedules and are eating the cheapest easiest meals to eat on the go: fast food.
Why do you think America is fat?
We need a good continental war. That will take care of the excess weight issue. Let's make up an issue to start it. How about Obamacare's death panels?
Liberals are fascist at heart..this what is going to happen they pass this hostile takeover of our health care, they will tell people what to eat, tax the shit out of things they deem UNhealthy, cause they gotta pay for that free health care..take a good look..this is what will be coming..
Alaska is one of the skinnier red states
So per the statistics conservaties are fatter than liberals?
Bush doubled the debt from 5 trillion to 10 trillion.
Proving tax cuts work!
Bush asked for and signed for the TARP money.
The Republican senate leader backed Bush on this.
In essence it is an easy solution. Eat less, exercise more. For a lot of people, how do you prioritize that when career demands 10 to 12 hour work days and an hour or two of commuting, family commitments and responsibilities, when are you supposed to fit exercise in? Not to mention other cultural and behavioral issues such as the extraordinary levels of stress that todays electronic induced productivity requires in the work place as well as a mass media that induces you to slurp down high sugar, high fat, high caloric products. Those who discount these cultural conditionings by saying "eat less, exercise more" are probably the most obese persons.
The obvious solution is education on proper nutrition, lifestyle choices and human physiology but even then you have to get your ass off the couch.
I know how a friend of mine solved the obesity problem with his kids. #1. He took a sledge hammer to their nintendo play station. #2. He banned all soft drinks from his home. #3. His kids, after they get home from school, have to either do chores our play outdoors until dinner time at around 6pm. It seems to have worked. His kids hated him for about a month after he destroyed their nintendo but they got over it.
As for me. I ride my hybrid bike to work (10 miles round trip) every work day and I do around 75 to 125 miles per week on my road bike after work and on weekend. Most weeks I do about 150 miles combined. That's about 8 hours a week of exercise and that works for me.
Last edited by Mott the Hoople; 08-14-2009 at 08:19 PM.
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I think excessive and constant advertising plays into the issue a lot as well. We live in a 24 hour ad blitz where avoiding constant demands to consume is nearly impossible.
The market breeds generations of fast food, brand name, useless junk consumers.