The Fattest States In The Nation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is warning of a “major public health threat” as it reports that nine states now have obesity rates exceeding 30% of their population (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia). That’s three times as many in just two years. Overall, more than 72 million U.S. adults, or 26.7 percent, are obese. The CDC says:

In every state, more than 15% of adults are obese, and in nine states, over 30% of adults are obese. The medical care costs of obesity in the United States are staggering. In 2008 dollars, these costs totaled about $147 billion.

This echoes the warnings of former Surgeon General Richard Carmona and others in the disinformation documentary Killer At Large: Why Obesity Is America’s Greatest Threat — and it’s getting worse every year. The CDC’s recommendations of what can be done to combat the problem are here — but are they enough?

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Prevalence of obesity among adults — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United States, 2009

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  • http://ninure.tk Ninure

    Well, I fuess I should be glad I;m Not int the “fattest” staes….

  • Hadrian999

    i guess thats the price you pay for having good food.

    • Connie Dobbs

      aside from Louisiana, not a single one of the dark states is known for “good food”. Unless you like Appalachian Mountain Oysters.

      • Hadrian999

        I've had pretty good food when i passed through TN and KY

        • Connie Dobbs

          Good Hardee's, good Sonic, good Cracker Barrel, good Bob Evans.

          • Hadrian999

            actually i had good ol diner food, love diners the more disreputable looking the better

          • Connie Dobbs

            LOL yeah, that's shitty food, you know, right? And I say this from YEARS of experience of eating at diners all over the states. I live in NY now, and the diners here have nothing on the “breakfast at 4 am smothered in a gallon of pig fat gravy” that you get down south. It's tasty going down, but coming back up is never good, and nearly as reliable. Southern food was made for farm workers, seeing as it's so packed with calories and carbs (not to mention the huge portions). Too bad there aren't a whole lot of farm workers down there anymore, because now it's just a bunch of fatasses. Of course, you can't just point the finger of blame at southern food, because fast food is everywhere. Heck, you can really only blame the food so far – the bigger epidemic is American Sedentarianism – that offshoot of American Exceptionalism where people who really contribute nothing to the greater whole of society feel that the fact that their mom's vagina spat them out at a certain longitudinal/latitudinal point on the earth means that somehow the spirit of george washington tells them that they can eat a bucket of the colonel's original recipe and thar aint nuthin you can do about it cuz i'm an amurrican and it's a free country! (unless you're black, gay, hispanic, atheist, muslim, urban, suburban, environmentalist, liberal, educated, or otherwise not exactly like these fat pieces of shit who, if you ask me, Senator Kyl, would make great trades for the children of illegal aliens who actually DO something with their lives aside bitch about everyone else and eat themselves to death.

          • Hadrian999

            I think that is one of the big problems today with food.
            there were some things that we used to only eat rarely that with today's food
            availability we eat every day, what is no problem every once in a while is
            a huge problem if you eat it every day.

          • Gemmarama

            i have worked in the restaurant/bar trade for years now and it DISGUSTS me the shit people put into their body. our gut is designed to deal with fruit, leaves, nuts, seeds, and the occasional bit of meat. most people now eat none of these things, apart from the meat. where i live in scotland something like 50% of people over 45 have bowel problems of some sort (e.g. colitis – where you get sores in the bowel, or holes that the shit then leaks out of – tasty huh?) due to their diet consisting almost exclusively of processed meats and refined carbs (much like americans). when i see parents feeding their kids crap like mac'n'cheese with chips (fries to you guys) i wanna smash the plate in their face. general rule: if there's nothing green on the plate, it's probably not good for you (especially if it's brown). general rule two: if it comes in a packet, it's probably not food…

          • Connie Dobbs

            “if it comes in a packet, it's probably not food… ”

            bingo

          • Hadrian999

            im going to be sad when sweetcorn season is over,
            love the stuff, one thing i love about the midwest, it's really easy to get fresh real food

          • Connie Dobbs

            That's why I have a garden (small as it may be). mmmmmmmmmmmm organic jalepenos and tomatoes that i can pick in my underwear!

  • Your Mom

    The obese are rejecting the hegemony of nutrition and exercise.

    The obese are taking direct action against the oppression of thinness.

    The obese are participating in non-violent resistance against corporate America's so-called “normal” body standards.

    • Andrew

      Like always you have it exactly backwards. Marxism causes starvation, therefore the obese are fighting against socialized medicine.

      • A Bad Joke

        Marxism? What does this have to do with Marxism?

        Let me guess- “It all comes back to Marxism! The lizard aliens are all marxist!”

        • Connie Dobbs

          Yeah, who knows what those two idiots are rambling about… One is jumping up and joy praising the ability of fat people to “reject” “corporate america”'s “normal” body “standards” (which is actually quite easy, all you have to do is nothing), and the other one is either ill-phrased sarcasm or a chatbot.

          • Andrew

            You have something against chatbots?

          • Connie Dobbs

            They're teases. :)

          • tonyviner

            I still don't understand where Marxism comes into all this. I'm kind of a Marxist and I am not fat or starving.

          • dumbsaint

            Andrew suspects 'Your Mom' is the second account of the guy who craps on about the evils of Marx every other thread.

          • Connie Dobbs

            I'm a marxist, and I *am* starving! I didn't get my bagel this morning.

          • tonyviner

            These things build character.

  • http://fontofliberty.blogspot.com/ Rarian Rakista

    Now I know where to go shopping for well-marbled longpig.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Red States: Nothing packs on the blubber like naked hatred.

  • Connie Dobbs

    That’s why I have a garden (small as it may be). mmmmmmmmmmmm organic jalepenos and tomatoes that i can pick in my underwear!

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