I kid you not, but the picture below was actually in the Reuters story. People are always bad mouthing Mississippi as the land of dumb Bubbas, racists and NASCAR fans. Well, no one can take this record away from them. They are the most obese state for the 7th consecutive year. That ain’t easy in the land of the fat and home of chocolate covered bacon.
It looks like Michele Obama’s War on Obesity is working out about as well as our War on Drugs, War on Terrorism and War on Delusion. I bet if we just spent an additional $2 trillion we could force people to not be fat. We could call it a de-stimulus plan. Why is the country becoming morbidly obese? Here are my guesses. Maybe you have a few:
- Our addiction to our technological gadgets has created two generations of Americans who sit in their houses playing electronic games, watching 52 inch TVs, texting, blogging, cruising the internet, emailing, and blathering on the internet about why we’re obese.
- Parents are so fearful of boogey men that they don’t let their kids leave the house. No bike riding, no walking around town, no pickup basketball games down the block, no hide and seek, no kick the can, no touch football games in the street, and no unscheduled activity where kids just play outside.
- The corporate food industry is killing us with their processed foods. Corporations have used all of Edward Bernays’ propaganda techniques to brainwash Americans into desiring junk food. They use advertising and the media to convince kids they must have certain cereals, junk food, sports drinks, etc. They call things diet, and studies show people who drink the diet drinks are even more obese.
The government can’t legislate that people can’t be fat. But any rational healthcare idea should punish those who choose to become obese by making them pay more for their healthcare. Today, the do gooders think they can take your money and create government programs to make people healthy. Total bullshit. The healthy thin people have to pay their taxes so the fat ass section 8 lady next door can sit on her ass all day watching TV and declaring herself disabled.
Mississippi most obese state, Colorado least
LOS ANGELES | Thu Jul 7, 2011 11:42am EDT
(Reuters) – The number of obese U.S. adults rose in 16 states in the last year, helping to push obesity rates in a dozen states above 30 percent, according to a report released on Thursday.
By that measure, Mississippi is the fattest state in the union with an adult obesity rate of 34.4 percent. Colorado is the least obese — with a rate of 19.8 percent — and the only state with an adult obesity rate below 20 percent, according to “F as in Fat,” an annual report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
While the number of states showing significant year-over-year increases in obesity has been slowing, no state chalked up an actual decline. Even Colorado does not win high marks — its score means one in five state residents is at higher risk for conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
“Today, the state with the lowest adult obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health.
Four years ago, only one U.S. state had an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to the report, which defines adult obesity as a having a body mass index — a weight-to-height ratio — of 30 or more.
Over the last two decades, people in the United States have been eating less nutritious food and more of it. At the same time, activity levels have fallen, Levi said.
“If we’re going to reverse the obesity trends, willpower alone won’t do it. We’re going to have to make healthier choices easier for Americans,” Levi said.
Public health experts around the world have raised the alarm about exploding rates of obesity — particularly among children — and many are promoting efforts to encourage exercise and easier access to affordable, healthy food.
In the United States — where two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children are obese or overweight — the obesity epidemic is sending healthcare costs higher and threatening everything from worker productivity to military recruitment.
Some groups say such behavioral initiatives are not enough, arguing that food manufacturers and restaurant chains need limits on how they market to children.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a U.S. consumer group, last year sued McDonald’s Corp to stop the world’s largest hamburger chain from using Happy Meal toys to lure children into its restaurants. Last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics — a group of U.S. pediatricians — called for a ban on junk food ads aimed at children.
The food industry — which has significantly increased portion sizes in restaurants and packaged foods like sugar-sweetened beverages over the last 20 years — is fighting regulation efforts and has adopted the mantra of “personal responsibility.”
To that end, food and beverage companies say consumers have the right to choose what they eat and should balance their caloric intake with activity.
The report released on Thursday showed that over the past 15 years, seven states have doubled their rate of obesity and 10 states have doubled their rate of diabetes.
Since 1995, obesity rates have risen fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama and Tennessee, while Colorado, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., had the slowest increases.
Adults from racial and ethnic minority groups, as well as those with less education and lower incomes, continue to have the highest overall obesity rates.