America Just Keeps Getting Fatter

ObesityMelissa Healy reports on a comprehensive state-by-state report titled ‘F as in Fat,’ for the Los Angeles Times:

America continues to get fatter, according to a comprehensive new report on the nation’s weight crisis. Statistics for 2008-2010 show that 16 states are experiencing steep increases in adult obesity, and none has seen a notable downturn in the last four years.

Meanwhile, cases of Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure that health experts have long warned would result from the nation’s broadening girth and sedentary ways are becoming increasingly widespread, according to the report, titled “F as in Fat,” released Thursday.

Even Coloradans, long the nation’s slimmest citizens, are gaining excess pounds. With an obese population of 19.8% — it is the only state with an adult obesity rate below 20% — Colorado remains the caboose on the nation’s huffing, puffing train to fat land.

But in just the last four years, the ranks of the obese even in Colorado have grown 0.7%. Colorado’s hypertension rates have risen significantly as well, to 21.2% of adults.

The report, prepared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, is their sixth annual state-by-state accounting of obesity.

In the last 15 years, the report said, adult obesity rates have doubled or nearly doubled in 17 states. Two decades ago, not a single state had an obesity rate above 15%. Now all states do.

“When you look at it year by year, the changes are incremental,” said Jeffrey Levi, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health. But if you back up a generation and look at the slow but steady climb of Americans’ weight, he said, “you see how we got into this problem.”…

[continues in the Los Angeles Times]

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  • Guest

    Being fat does not translate to being Unhealthy.

  • Guest

    Being fat does not translate to being Unhealthy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748182869 Josh Davis

      Neither dose smoking, using heroin, or skydiving but there are strong connections those activities and death.

      • http://www.facebook.com/QuantumSinger Chris Bryant

        Actually, the mortality rate for skydiving is rather low.

    • SF2K01

      If you’d like to argue that a little bit of fat will have a negligible effect, sure that might be accurate. If you meant having fat in your body is not automatically bad that would also be correct, but as the definition of a fat person is someone who has too much fat, yes it does mean that. Too much fat is unquestionably bad for you as borne out by the multitudes of studies which show that obesity leads to a whole host of other problems directly related to the overabundance of fat. 

  • Anonymous

    The obesity and level of unfit people in the U.S. is worrying the U.S. military, so they are now trying to introduce healthier programs in school because of it. Don’t be swayed by Michelle Obama. The healthy food could actually get you killed. lol.

  • cosmicserpent

    The obesity and level of unfit people in the U.S. is worrying the U.S. military, so they are now trying to introduce healthier programs in school because of it. Don’t be swayed by Michelle Obama. The healthy food could actually get you killed. lol.

    • MoralDrift

      “they rallied ’round the waistline, with a pocket full of shells”

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Nothing like a good “Rage” quote.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748182869 Josh Davis

    Neither dose smoking, using heroin, or skydiving but there are strong connections those activities and death.

  • Rex Vestri

    Two words: Corn syrup!

    Watch “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

  • Rex Vestri

    Two words: Corn syrup!

    Watch “Sugar: The Bitter Truth”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

  • http://www.facebook.com/QuantumSinger Chris Bryant

    Actually, the mortality rate for skydiving is rather low.

  • KxBk6U

    That’s really no surprise. With the number of unemployed persons (14.1 million) and the unemployment rate (9.2 percent), more people are becoming less active. Also, with the resulting drop in average household income, fewer people are able to afford the healthier fresh produce and opt for the less expensive, but less healthy foods.

     As for the government taking on the food industry, NO, they don’t need to, In fact, they need to butt out and stop providing agriculture subsidies. Artificially low prices resulting from subsidies create unhealthy incentives for consumers. For example, in the USA, cane sugar has been replaced with cheap corn syrup, making high-sugar food less expensive; beet and cane sugar are subject to subsidies, price controls, and import tariffs that distort the prices of these products as well. Market distortions due to subsidies have led to an increase in corn fed cattle rather than grass fed Corn fed cattle require more antibiotics and their beef has a higher fat content.

  • KxBk6U

    That’s really no surprise. With the number of unemployed persons (14.1 million) and the unemployment rate (9.2 percent), more people are becoming less active. Also, with the resulting drop in average household income, fewer people are able to afford the healthier fresh produce and opt for the less expensive, but less healthy foods.

     As for the government taking on the food industry, NO, they don’t need to, In fact, they need to butt out and stop providing agriculture subsidies. Artificially low prices resulting from subsidies create unhealthy incentives for consumers. For example, in the USA, cane sugar has been replaced with cheap corn syrup, making high-sugar food less expensive; beet and cane sugar are subject to subsidies, price controls, and import tariffs that distort the prices of these products as well. Market distortions due to subsidies have led to an increase in corn fed cattle rather than grass fed Corn fed cattle require more antibiotics and their beef has a higher fat content.

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      Theres plenty of other problems with corn-fed cows beyond the fat content… Its a health disaster to say the least

    • Ajsilver42

      I totally agree with your point about farm subsidies, as they are.  These subsidies to the ‘backbone’ of agriculture in the US mean those doing it on the fast and cheap on a lot of land at once, can dominate the entire food market.  Sugar (corn syrup) has been put into so many things that it is no wonder people are suffering from diabetes.

       It would perhaps be excellent if the government had a minimum nutritional content(NC) for processed foods relative to the standard NC for it’s raw ingredients (those which constitute say, at least 66% of the final product).   I think this would put pressure on GM foods which are often less tasty per bite (as well as nutritional) due to faster growing times.  As well as implicitly improving the quality of our foods’ food.
      i’d like to finish with a fat-friendly music video, which is not my own:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKSQVffLn68&feature=player_embedded

  • Mr Willow

    Is it really so difficult to eat an apple? Or a banana? Or some broccoli? Or some carrots?
    Is it really so labourious to do a few push-ups, sit-up, and/or squats before bed?

    oh, and, in the next to last paragraph, shouldn’t that be “adult obesity rates have doubled or nearly tripled in 17 states”

  • Mr Willow

    Is it really so difficult to eat an apple? Or a banana? Or some broccoli? Or some carrots?
    Is it really so labourious to do a few push-ups, sit-up, and/or squats before bed?

    oh, and, in the next to last paragraph, shouldn’t that be “adult obesity rates have doubled or nearly tripled in 17 states”

  • Mr Willow

    Is it really so difficult to eat an apple? Or a banana? Or some broccoli? Or some carrots?
    Is it really so labourious to do a few push-ups, sit-ups, and/or squats before bed?

    oh, and, in the next to last paragraph, shouldn’t that be “adult obesity rates have doubled or nearly tripled in 17 states”

    • RadFatty

      I do that every day, and guess what, I’m still a fatass. Ha ha ha ha.

    • quartz99

      A large portion of the country can’t afford enough apples to eat one every day. You try feeding a family of four on $35/week for groceries. The things that _are_ within that price range in enough quantity to feed a family are full of starches and corn syrup. Where an adult might make the choice to eat one healthy thing as their sole meal of the day and fast the rest of the time on that budget, how do you explain to your toddler who’s screaming because they’re so hungry, that they simply aren’t allowed to eat?

  • ap

    Well, there are lies, damned lies & Statistics…
    BMI is the standard method used to determine obesity in that study; however, BMI doesn’t account for muscle mass. Therefore, some of those numbers are inflated and include people who are undoubtedly healthy. Michael Jordan at his playing peak in 1998 had a BMI of 25, considered to be the BMI of an overweight adult.  Barry Bonds, with all his muscle mass, would have been considered obese…not all is as it seems with these stats. Having a high BMI does not mean you are obese in the real sense of the word, nor does it mean you are unhealthy. The assumption that high BMI = fat (& therefore prone to heart disease, diabetes & high BP) is clearly wrong.

  • ap

    Well, there are lies, damned lies & Statistics…
    BMI is the standard method used to determine obesity in that study; however, BMI doesn’t account for muscle mass. Therefore, some of those numbers are inflated and include people who are undoubtedly healthy. Michael Jordan at his playing peak in 1998 had a BMI of 25, considered to be the BMI of an overweight adult.  Barry Bonds, with all his muscle mass, would have been considered obese…not all is as it seems with these stats. Having a high BMI does not mean you are obese in the real sense of the word, nor does it mean you are unhealthy. The assumption that high BMI = fat (& therefore prone to heart disease, diabetes & high BP) is clearly wrong.

    • quartz99

      It doesn’t mean you’re fat, but it does mean you’re not insurable because the company assumes you’re fat. I have a friend who lifts weights regularly who carries no health insurance because it’s not provided by his job and his BMI is high enough that he is either routinely turned down or the company tries to charge more than they originally quoted.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not surprising especially with all the unemployed people these days. I know how it can be laying around feeling useless. I used to walk 10-15 miles a day in my work -walking back and forth across a large hospital fixing things (machines, not people). I was in decent shape. But, being unemployed for so long I started to get a pot belly and just lacked energy in general from eating too much and doing nothing physical. I’ve never been that sedentary before and it’s effect came on gradually for me. I started to realize that I was gonna die if that continued. 

    The past few months, I’ve been working out nearly every day or I take a long walk. I’m amazed at the energy level I have now in comparison. I didn’t even have to work that hard to change things. My point is, even a little bit more exercise can have an amazing effect. I’m no exercise guru -screaming “feel the burn”.  It doesn’t mean you have to get a gym membership or get “buffed”. Just get up and do something -anything that gets your blood flowing. Start out slow, even a little bit will improve the way you feel, even if it just means switching the hand you masturbate with…..lol !!

  • GoodDoktorBad

    It’s not surprising especially with all the unemployed people these days. I know how it can be laying around feeling useless. I used to walk 10-15 miles a day in my work -walking back and forth across a large hospital fixing things (machines, not people). I was in decent shape. But, being unemployed for so long I started to get a pot belly and just lacked energy in general from eating too much and doing nothing physical. I’ve never been that sedentary before and it’s effect came on gradually for me. I started to realize that I was gonna die if that continued. 

    The past few months, I’ve been working out nearly every day or I take a long walk. I’m amazed at the energy level I have now in comparison. I didn’t even have to work that hard to change things. My point is, even a little bit more exercise can have an amazing effect. I’m no exercise guru -screaming “feel the burn”.  It doesn’t mean you have to get a gym membership or get “buffed”. Just get up and do something -anything that gets your blood flowing. Start out slow, even a little bit will improve the way you feel, even if it just means switching the hand you masturbate with…..lol !!

    • MoralDrift

      Sound advice for the early 21st century American

  • Rex Vestri

    “Just eat a goddamn vegetable once in a while”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOyebcrVWb4

  • Rex Vestri

    “Just eat a goddamn vegetable once in a while”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOyebcrVWb4

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Hilarious.

  • GuerillaOntology

    Cool, fatties are the hottest.

  • GuerillaOntology

    Cool, fatties are the hottest.

  • RadFatty

    I do that every day, and guess what, I’m still a fatass. Ha ha ha ha.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Theres plenty of other problems with corn-fed cows beyond the fat content… Its a health disaster to say the least

  • Ajsilver42

    I totally agree with your point about farm subsidies, as they are.  These subsidies to the ‘backbone’ of agriculture in the US mean those doing it on the fast and cheap on a lot of land at once, can dominate the entire food market.  Sugar (corn syrup) has been put into so many things that it is no wonder people are suffering from diabetes.

     It would perhaps be excellent if the government had a minimum nutritional content(NC) for processed foods relative to the standard NC for it’s raw ingredients (those which constitute say, at least 66% of the final product).   I think this would put pressure on GM foods which are often less tasty per bite (as well as nutritional) due to faster growing times.  As well as implicitly improving the quality of our foods’ food.
    i’d like to finish with a fat-friendly music video, which is not my own:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKSQVffLn68&feature=player_embedded

  • Anonymous

    “they rallied ’round the waistline, with a pocket full of shells”

  • Anonymous

    Sound advice for the early 21st century American

  • Anonymous

    Nothing like a good “Rage” quote.

  • Anonymous

    Hilarious.

  • punjabi

    Phat

  • punjabi

    Phat

  • Anonymous

    If you’d like to argue that a little bit of fat will have a negligible effect, sure that might be accurate. If you meant having fat in your body is not automatically bad that would also be correct, but as the definition of a fat person is someone who has too much fat, yes it does mean that. Too much fat is unquestionably bad for you as borne out by the multitudes of studies which show that obesity leads to a whole host of other problems directly related to the overabundance of fat. 

  • Blueoktober71

    WALL*E

  • Blueoktober71

    WALL*E

  • Blueoktober71

    WALL*E

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t mean you’re fat, but it does mean you’re not insurable because the company assumes you’re fat. I have a friend who lifts weights regularly who carries no health insurance because it’s not provided by his job and his BMI is high enough that he is either routinely turned down or the company tries to charge more than they originally quoted.

  • Anonymous

    A large portion of the country can’t afford enough apples to eat one every day. You try feeding a family of four on $35/week for groceries. The things that _are_ within that price range in enough quantity to feed a family are full of starches and corn syrup. Where an adult might make the choice to eat one healthy thing as their sole meal of the day and fast the rest of the time on that budget, how do you explain to your toddler who’s screaming because they’re so hungry, that they simply aren’t allowed to eat?

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