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The states where Americans
are the most and least obese

Washington Post, by Roberto A. Ferdman

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 9/4/2014 10:46:05 PM

The south is weighing this country down. Nowhere in the U.S. are Americans more overweight than in Mississippi and West Virginia, where more than 35 percent of the adult population is now obese, according to a new report from the Trust for America´s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The two southern states, however, are hardly alone in their alarmingly high obesity rates—another 18 U.S. states, including just about all of the U.S. south, have obesity rates at or above 30 percent. The exceptions are few and far in between. Only seven U.S. states and one district—Vermont, Montana, Utah,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Northcross, 9/4/2014 11:00:29 PM     (No. 9994192)

Self-control is no longer regarded as a virtue, and gluttony is no longer treated as a sin. On the contrary, we are encouraged to "pig out", eating and drinking ourselves to oblivion, all the while telling one another that we are beautiful people who just happen to wear XXXL garments. Fat, dumb, and happy- that is now who we are. Sad.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: grahamcracker, 9/4/2014 11:07:34 PM     (No. 9994197)

Correct me if I´m wrong, but wasn´t it not so long ago that Hawaii was way up there, if not at the top, of the most obese states?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Nimby, 9/4/2014 11:08:22 PM     (No. 9994198)

This is the best WaPo can do!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 9/4/2014 11:14:21 PM     (No. 9994204)

I really have agreed with #1´s first sentence for years now. It´s true. Is this ever brought up in anybody else´s church?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: FormerNYer, 9/4/2014 11:28:53 PM     (No. 9994218)

if you ever go to an all you can eat buffet the gluttony is amazing.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Scottc, 9/4/2014 11:31:07 PM     (No. 9994219)

How are these obesity rates by state determined and how are they so sure the percentages are accurate? I believe very little I read in the media these days.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 9/4/2014 11:43:43 PM     (No. 9994228)

Some people are fat, dumb, and happy, whereas, I´ve seen a lot of gaunt unhappy people looking like death warmed over.

The question is: do you want to eat healthy and be miserable forever or fat and happy for a little while ?

Touch choice. Let´s ask the top hypocrite and food police. /s

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Reply 8 - Posted by: chumley, 9/4/2014 11:50:44 PM     (No. 9994231)

I realize there are very few groups left that people are allowed to hate simply for existing, and fat people are still fair game. Yet, I have never seen a bad person who was bad because he was fat, and I´ve never seen a good person who was good because he was skinny.
If you are one of those people who are blessed with a hollywood body, good for you. Your lot in life will be easier than someone who isnt so blessed. If you are not, I guess you will have to get by on personality, intellect and experience. Good luck, as appearance seems to matter more with many people.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 2dogs, 9/4/2014 11:52:56 PM     (No. 9994233)

Obesity was redefined in 1998. (See link in comments at end of article), so if you were overweight in 1997 you were obese in 1998. This is what happened when they changed the criteria for autism.....lowering the bar increases the pool. I agree portions in restaurants are huge, there are too many choices in the supermarket of high calorie items. People were healthier when food was not such an "issue".

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Reply 10 - Posted by: enuf8, 9/5/2014 12:18:59 AM     (No. 9994243)

Now, compare obesity to the Welfare Rolls-----answer will be found!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: coldoc, 9/5/2014 12:39:59 AM     (No. 9994253)

Compare to # of fried chicken joints! Another revelation!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: PageTurner, 9/5/2014 4:26:19 AM     (No. 9994299)

Notice how it coincides with the rise of the Low Information Voter and the welfare rolls.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Trigger2, 9/5/2014 5:07:17 AM     (No. 9994323)

Take a gander at all the welfare types and you´ll find all the obese. After all, half the country is on welfare now.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: K620, 9/5/2014 8:06:42 AM     (No. 9994467)

OMG, middle-aged folk are fatter than youngsters or old people! Who would´ve thought?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 9/5/2014 8:28:03 AM     (No. 9994485)

Since when has the Baby Boomer group been defined as those ages 45-64?

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