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Old 08-29-2006, 10:50 AM   #1
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006 · Last updated 9:27 a.m. PT

Waistlines continue to grow in U.S.

By KEVIN FREKING
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

WASHINGTON -- The gravy train - make that the sausage, biscuits and gravy train - just kept on rolling in most of America last year, with 31 states showing an increase in obesity.

Mississippi continued to lead the way. An estimated 29.5 percent of adults there are considered obese. That's an increase of 1.1 percentage points when compared with last year's report, which is compiled by Trust for America's Health, an advocacy group that promotes increased funding for public health programs.

Meanwhile, Colorado remains the leanest state. About 16.9 percent of its adults are considered obese. That mark was also up slightly from last year's report, but not enough to be considered statistically significant.

The only state that experienced a decrease in the percentage of obese adults last year was Nevada.

"Obesity now exceeds 25 percent in 13 states, which should sound some serious alarm bells," said Dr. Jeff Levi, executive director of the advocacy group.

Health officials warn that a high incidence of obesity in a particular state doesn't mean it treats the issue less seriously than others. States have different challenges to contend with when it comes to obesity, said Dr. Janet Collins of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



"Populations are not equal in terms of experiencing these health problems," Collins said. "Low-income populations tend to experience all the health problems we worry about at greater rates."

Indeed, the five states with the highest obesity rates - Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana and Kentucky - exhibit much higher rates of poverty than the national norm.

Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest obesity have less poverty. They are Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.

The leanest states shouldn't take a whole lot of comfort in their ranking, though, said Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, a former CDC director.

"This epidemic is a nationwide epidemic. Some some states are higher, some populations have it higher, but the trend has been up in every state, the trend has been up for every ethnic group, the trend has been up for rich and poor," Koplan said.

The group's estimate of obesity rates is based on a three-year average, 2003-2005. The data comes from an annual random sampling of adults via the telephone. The information is designed to help the government measure behavioral risks among adults.

The government equates obesity with a body mass index, or BMI, of at least 30. Someone who is 5-feet-4 would have to weigh 175 pounds to reach that threshold.

The index is calculated by dividing a person's weight in pounds by his height in inches, squared, and multiplying that total by 703. For some people, particularly athletes who exercise a great deal, the BMI index could show them as being obese when in fact they are in excellent physical condition.

Trust for America's Health made scores of recommendations for reducing obesity. For example:

-Employers should offer their workers benefits that help them stay healthy, such as nutrition counseling and subsidized health club memberships.

-The government should mandate routine screenings that measure the fitness of Medicaid beneficiaries, plus subsidize or reimburse them for participating in exercise and fitness programs.

-At the local level, governments should approve zoning and land use laws that give people more chances to walk or bike to the store or to work. Local governments also should set aside more funding for sidewalks.

The group also makes recommendations for individuals. But the recommendations that people eat well and exercise are known to Americans. And clearly, many just don't care to follow.

Collins said tobacco use is another area that could be labeled a personal choice, but government agencies have taken many steps to provide people with the environment and information they need to help them make their choices. The same should be done with obesity.

Levi said that a lot of the things that the government tells people to do about their weight aren't realistic, which makes obesity a societal problem, not just a personal problem.

"If we're urging people to walk more, and their streets are not safe, that's an unrealistic expectation," Levi said. "If we're urging people to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and they don't have access to a supermarket or the cost is beyond their capacity, then we're not asking them to take responsibility for something they have control over."

The report says the health costs associated with obesity are in the billions of dollars annually. Citing a 2004 report, the advocacy group said $5.6 billion could be saved when it comes to treating heart disease if just one-tenth of Americans began a regular walking program.

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Old 08-29-2006, 11:34 AM   #2
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hooray for sausage, biscuits and gravy!!!
(damn, I'm hungry now )
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I'd settle for sausage and biscuits right now. Interesting article, Neddy. (Seriously, Ned, you're such a doll.) I find it funny that 175 at 5' 4" is OBESE. It just doesn't strike me as that heavy.
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:16 AM   #4
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I can't believe I'm morbidly obese. Someone better keep an eye on me, I might drop on the floor and die of a massive heart attack ANY MOMENT.

*is it getting cold in here?*
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And, yet the life expectancy rate still rises.

"How many years must fat people live, before they can die of natural causes?" (A poem from the NAAFA convention)
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I'd settle for sausage and biscuits right now. Interesting article, Neddy. (Seriously, Ned, you're such a doll.) I find it funny that 175 at 5' 4" is OBESE. It just doesn't strike me as that heavy.
I discovered at the doc's office that at 5'10" and 200, I too am obese. If only this allowed me one of those blue and white parking permits....
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seriously. I am a 6'1, 220lb athlete who has 12% bodyfat. But, BMI says that because I dont weigh 185lbs, I'm borderline obese. Go figure.
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here's a good one,
I'm 5'10" and 330 pounds and according to recent tests only 15% body fat, so how does that explain *slaps belly* this jiggle? i think we need to check some of our tests. by the way iaccording to the extended BMI chart I'm about a 47, guess I'm morbidly obese then, and it's fun being here

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I discovered at the doc's office that at 5'10" and 200, I too am obese. If only this allowed me one of those blue and white parking permits....
It's like you're either dangerously thin or the fattest fat fat fatty in the world. At my current weight, I'm almost underweight by .5%. However, if I just gain 35 lbs., I'm "almost obese" according to those popular BMI things. Either I'm a tubby little thing or I'm rail skinny. Make up your damn mind, AMA.
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119 lbs?
Are you kidding me?
I can't remember the last time I was below 150... much less 119 lbs. My ideal weight is 140 lbs (to be "normal"), but I'd have to loose an extra 20 lbs to be "ok" in their chart.
*munches on cookie* Yeah right! My DOG weighs 119lbs
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My dog's bigger than YOUR dog! She's 150. (But she's my tiny wittle lap puppy.)

My ideal weight's about 130, but working third shift retail, a lot of my work's physical(ly exhausting) and emotionally demanding. If you're a naturally slim person, you'll lose a lot of weight doing it. I think I was 150 or so when I started seven months ago.
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Oh If I were only just Obese.

I am 5'7" and weigh as of this morning 255.5 lbs. That means I have a BMI of around 40. The last couple of years I have been happy that my weight has stabalized around 250lbs.

I would like to get down to around 210lbs. That is my Sam Gamgee fighting weight I would like to be at. The funny thing is looking at the chart I would still be considered Obese at 210lbs. Which for me would be "skinny".

Also on the Weight for someone of my height the highest weight is only in the mid 350lbs. It's interesting the medical community would consider me Obese if I was 204lbs or if I was 355lbs.

Who get's to decide what the medically O.K. weight is anyway? Most of the people I would meet on the street would be considered Overweight or Obese.

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132-208 is the ideal weight range for me, I'm only a mere 200 pounds over the lower range, gues my next big weight goal should be 200 over the upper number then right?
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"Populations are not equal in terms of experiencing these health problems," Collins said. "Low-income populations tend to experience all the health problems we worry about at greater rates."

Indeed, the five states with the highest obesity rates - Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana and Kentucky - exhibit much higher rates of poverty than the national norm.

Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest obesity have less poverty. They are Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The first problem I have with this is that apparently taking up extra space is considered a health problem, whether it's detrimental to your health or not.

Second... If you're from Louisiana and NOT fat, you're doing something wrong. There are three things New Orleans is known for - blues, jazz, and food. 33.3% of those make you fat. And the rest of the south... come on, they fry everything down there, and they would continue to whether they had money or not.

Colorado? You know what people do there? Ski and snowboard and crap. Of course they're thin there. Same with Vermont. Hawaii? Are you kidding me? Who expects Hawiians to be fat? And Massachusetts and Rhode Island are full of new-age hippie herbivores whose only source of calories is Starbucks. Pshh.
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Colorado? You know what people do there? Ski and snowboard and crap. Of course they're thin there. Same with Vermont. Hawaii? Are you kidding me? Who expects Hawiians to be fat? And Massachusetts and Rhode Island are full of new-age hippie herbivores whose only source of calories is Starbucks. Pshh.
I have family in Vermont and defintely not thin there unless you count the rich parts resort towns or Manchester. I never saw so many very fat people in my life even in the poor parts of nyc!
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And, yet the life expectancy rate still rises.

"How many years must fat people live, before they can die of natural causes?" (A poem from the NAAFA convention)
I don't know whether to laugh or cry at that.
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My feelings too, when I first heard it!
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Life expectancy is up, along with weight... have the insurance companies upped their height/weight tables recently to keep up with the increasingly healthier US population?
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On Aug 31 Moonchild wrote:

" And Massachusetts and Rhode Island are full of new-age hippie herbivores whose only source of calories is Starbucks. Pshh."

Heck! I gained 10 lbs from Starbucks pastries, all within 2 months!

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Ned,,I was in Florida a week back and noticed no shortage of bbw's there..As a matter of fact, It was blantently clear that it is an epidemic there,and it looked great to me.. Must be southern living..
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Hawaii always ranks as a thin state because it has a large population of fairly lean ethnic-Asians and Filipinos. But they are fatter than their genetic relatives in Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Once you've lived here awhile you can easily tell the difference, and it is partly a weight difference, between, say, a Japanese person and an American living in Hawaii who is of Japanese heritage.

Everyone in Hawaii is fatter than he would be on the mainland because restaurant servings are huge in tourist markets and the original Hawaiian culture was fat friendly -- momano, the Hawaiian word for fat, has a positive connotation. You can sort of tell, looking at people, that the ones who would weigh 100 lbs. on the mainland weigh 120 here, the ones that would weigh 120 there weigh 160 here, the ones that would weigh 160 there weigh 220 here, and the ones that would weigh 200 there are pushing 300 here. There are many, many SSBBWs here and it's not at all unusual to see women well above 200 lbs. running or walking in Speedos.

The upside is that the weather here encourages fat people to walk and this keeps them healthy. The downside is that some who do not exercise, or who get too many of their calories from sugar and carbohydrates, become diabetic, due in part to a predisposition to diabetes by Pacific Islanders and Asians, so it's a bigger problem here than on the mainland. But for the most part it's a paradise for big people and the people who love them.
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Hawaii always ranks as a thin state because it has a large population of fairly lean ethnic-Asians and Filipinos. But they are fatter than their genetic relatives in Japan, Korea, China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines. Once you've lived here awhile you can easily tell the difference, and it is partly a weight difference, between, say, a Japanese person and an American living in Hawaii who is of Japanese heritage.

Everyone in Hawaii is fatter than he would be on the mainland because restaurant servings are huge in tourist markets and the original Hawaiian culture was fat friendly -- momano, the Hawaiian word for fat, has a positive connotation. You can sort of tell, looking at people, that the ones who would weigh 100 lbs. on the mainland weigh 120 here, the ones that would weigh 120 there weigh 160 here, the ones that would weigh 160 there weigh 220 here, and the ones that would weigh 200 there are pushing 300 here. There are many, many SSBBWs here and it's not at all unusual to see women well above 200 lbs. running or walking in Speedos.

The upside is that the weather here encourages fat people to walk and this keeps them healthy. The downside is that some who do not exercise, or who get too many of their calories from sugar and carbohydrates, become diabetic, due in part to a predisposition to diabetes by Pacific Islanders and Asians, so it's a bigger problem here than on the mainland. But for the most part it's a paradise for big people and the people who love them.
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