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Where the Fattest Americans Are

What region in the US is the fattest? We used to assume it was the South, but Southern researchers dispute that--they say it's the Midwest.
Statistician George Howard says, "The obesity epidemic is overwhelming the US, and there's this strong perception that Mississippi and Alabama are number one and number two in obesity--fighting for fattest place. We were thinking since people living in the South are generally more hypertensive and have higher rates of diabetes and stroke, it would be the fattest region, but when we looked at our data, people in the South were really not the fattest."

He says that the West North Central part of the country, which includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, is the fattest area, with a 41% obese population. But it's hard to get the right data to crunch: "Asking someone how much they weigh is probably the second worst question behind how much money they make. From past research, we know that women tend to underreport their weight, and men tend to over-report their height. This suggests that people from the South come closer to telling the truth than people from other regions, perhaps because there's not the social stigma of being obese in the South as there is in other regions."

It's important that obesity rankings be correct, since a lot rides on these numbers. Howard says, "A lot of decisions are based on geographic differences in obesity--such as how much federal funding goes to regions to fight obesity. Typically, the South has received the most because others have said it's the fattest, but it might not be. The South has had very bad obesity problems, but not worse than some other regions."
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I am all for people being in good health. But I have to say that it appears that the more attention we give to obesity, the more obese we tend to get. Emphasizing good health and nutrition, along with exercise might help, and are also dependent on the person's personality, issues, and the sheer nerve and guts (and I daresay, TIME) to change habits and lifestyle. I don't feel that anyone should be singled out, and we should treat everyone we meet with respect, regardless of size, race, religion, whatever. These days the media is, however, going too far the other way. Obesity is in the news EVERY day. They are even going so far as to praise certain obese celebrities because of their pride in who they are (All built around their girth, and the fact that they are, somehow, popular anyway!)This is no better than fawning over thin people, or those who meet the current cultural norm in 'sexiness'.

It's just nuts and we never seem to learn...

...And, indeed, it is now officially declared by the AMA as a "disease". Read this right after I posted above.

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-obesity-disease-20130619,0,44...

Look at photo's from 50, 60 years ago and you can't find many obese people pictured. Now most everyone you see in crowds are exploding out of their clothes. It's so sad to see whole families waddling around in the malls and everywhere you go. And I'm sitting at my computer right now in my house and it's summer. Where are the children? When it was warm and beautiful out like it is here in Indianapolis Indiana back in the 1950's and 1960's my sister and I were out playing outside riding our bikes. Playing ball. Roller skating and swimming in our pool. Have the children forgotten how to play and get dirty? That's the joy of being a child. I used to spend hours staring down ant holes and watching the birds. It's seems the natural world is a foreign thing to the kids now. Its so sad.

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