Clever Animated Map Showing Obesity in US

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    Oct 27, 2007 2:22 PM GMT
    Clever Animated Map Showing Increase in Obesity in US Over Past 20 years

  • DrStorm

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    Oct 27, 2007 3:43 PM GMT
    One word: DISGUSTING!

    All I can say is that obesity is going to be this nation's downfall when no-one can afford health insurance and healthy people no longer will want to sponsor the health insurance of others who have no legitimate reason for being a fat ass.

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    Oct 27, 2007 3:44 PM GMT
    Great map. Shows how quickly things have moved from satisfactory to critical, and how the trend of obesity is spreading across the country. It has always been my belief (whether accurate or not) that there is more obesity in the south- good southern cookin' icon_smile.gif

    In my opinion, obesity IS the new smoking problem. It's a public health crisis if there ever were one. There aren't any "no-fat" sections of restaurants, or buildings that are "fat-free," and our own federal government has decided to recognize it as a "disease!" icon_eek.gif A mistake, I think.

    Obesity is not just an unpleasant social condition, though... The higher rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, athsma, arthritis, and other afflictions should be a wake-up call to stop this trend from continuing.

    But, the question is: HOW?
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    Oct 27, 2007 3:46 PM GMT
    This chiquita is bringing sexy back to obese.

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    Oct 27, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    And the kiddies dig being fat.
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    Oct 27, 2007 4:32 PM GMT
    The lead editorial in this morning's NY Times is about obesity, fast food and disclosure of calorie content:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/27/opinion/27sat4.html?hp
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    Oct 27, 2007 5:17 PM GMT
    Cool viz
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    Oct 27, 2007 5:21 PM GMT
    The calorie disclosure is good, because it doesn't involve taking away anyone's right to be a glutton. But a little enlightenment is a good start. I lost 20 lbs. after I researched the calories in what I thought was a healthy diet.
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    Oct 27, 2007 5:24 PM GMT
    WAIT A SECOND!!! Red states and blue states!!! Well, loosely. I am surprised that WA and OR are above 25%
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    Oct 27, 2007 5:39 PM GMT
    I find it irritating that some restaurant chains (Red Robin is an example) refuse to disclose nutritional information. It's not often that I eat at a restaurant, but when I do, I want to know what I've consumed. When I can't get nutritional information, I email a complaint to the company and promise never to eat there again. I'm very active and eat healthy foods most of the time, so it really isn't a big deal if I can't count calories for every single meal -- but it's the principle. There's no reason not to disclose nutritional information.
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    Oct 27, 2007 5:42 PM GMT
    It's interesting, too, that states that traditionally have the highest rates of poverty (the Deep South) also have the highest rates of obesity.

    I wish I had the answer or correlation there, but maybe it's access / ability to pay for healthy foods?

    On the plus side, I want to move to Colorado! It seems like there may still be a few guys with abs there.
  • Alan95823

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    Oct 27, 2007 5:45 PM GMT
    That's really good info Caslon, thanks for passing it along.
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    Oct 27, 2007 5:54 PM GMT
    It's interesting that I was reading this thread and then happened to see this article in the Sydney, Australia online newspaper today.

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/obesity-in-the-city/2007/10/27/1192941400161.html

    Their findings point more toward laziness, although I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the foods they eat as well. However, when I was in Australia, I noticed there weren't nearly as many fast food places as there are here.

    Mplsjock_writer... I grew up in Mississippi, and although poverty may have somewhat of an influence on obesity. I think the biggest influence is that we love the fried foods down there! :-) Fried chicken is still one of the first things Mom cooks for me when I go home for a visit.

  • cbrock

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    Oct 27, 2007 6:05 PM GMT
    looks like Colorado is the place to be
  • Alan95823

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    Oct 27, 2007 6:07 PM GMT
    Obesity doesn't just "happen", any more than fitness "happens"... both states take a lot of energy to get there.

    It took a lot of Ben & Jerry's and couch-sitting for me to get this fat, and it's going to take a lot of sweat to get fit. I think most people don't understand just what we as a nation have been doing to ourselves.
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    Oct 27, 2007 6:15 PM GMT
    "I think most people don't understand just what we as a nation have been doing to ourselves."

    Read this book, and you will understand: "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes
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    Oct 27, 2007 6:32 PM GMT
    Waiting in the grocery checkout one day, a woman (very heavyset) was talking to her friend. She had the nerve to look me up and down, then with a hateful sneer, say, "He probably eats anything he wants!"

    Her grocery cart was full of crap from the center isles, while almost everything in my cart was healthy. It wasn't difficult for me to see the problem. Why couldn't she see the problem?
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    Oct 27, 2007 6:41 PM GMT
    dean_pdxHer grocery cart was full of crap from the center isles, while almost everything in my cart was healthy. It wasn't difficult for me to see the problem. Why couldn't she see the problem?


    Some people think you have to be divinely gifted to be in good shape, and have no idea that what they're eating is making them fat. Some folks see that their entire family is fat, and think they have no choice but to be fat. Others just don't want to take any responsibility for their own choices.

    Saw an episode of Biggest Loser recently where one of the trainers was at a high school, basically challenging the lunch room staff on the choices to feed garbage to kids. The lady's response was "Potatoes are now considered a vegetable"... and was later followed by a comment that she had to find ways to save money, and fresh fruit/veg spoils too fast.

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    Oct 27, 2007 7:00 PM GMT
    LOL, I made a raid on Costco yesterday. It always looks like a blimp hanger to me, with all the spherical people waddling toward the entrance. I couldn't help noticing that just inside the entrance, there were prominent displays of A) Big-screen TVs B) Sofas and C) Godzilla-sized packages of snack chips.
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    Oct 27, 2007 7:04 PM GMT
    Even at our local health food store, the snack chip section is one of the largest in the entire store.
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    Oct 27, 2007 7:09 PM GMT
    high fructose corn syrup. there in lies a huge problem.
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    Oct 27, 2007 7:14 PM GMT
    In this morning's news: Steelcase has introduced a combination treadmill and workstation, so that office-workers can burn more calories during the day.

    Now if they'd just add an electrical generator so that the treadmill actually powers the computer, they'd really have something.
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    Oct 27, 2007 8:50 PM GMT
    Mindgarden: LOL, I made a raid on Costco yesterday. It always looks like a blimp hanger to me, with all the spherical people waddling toward the entrance......

    If one looks in the men's jeans section at our local Costco, they seem to stock up more size 46/30's than they do 32/30's (and the latter is only a recent addition).
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    Oct 27, 2007 10:38 PM GMT
    Fucking Pringles are YUMMMMMY.
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    Oct 27, 2007 10:38 PM GMT
    Fucking Pringles are YUMMMMMY.