Friday, July 2, 2010
Lardass America: We're Getting Fatter
I probably don't need to tell you this, but it looks like were getting fatter--and fatter and fatter--as a country. A lardass map on Healthy Americans says the prevailing flab quotient in the U.S. is about a 30 percent obesity rate. In 1991, no state surpassed 20 percent of its population in the obese zone. In the past year alone, obesity increased in 28 states and decreased only in D.C. There are 38 states with rates over 25 percent.
The heaviest of the heavyweight states are all biscuits and gravy-loving deep Southerners: Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas where the rate is over 30 percent (they're not measuring incrementally after 30 because that's just disgusting, I'd guess). Virginia is in the 20-30 percent range with the rest of the South and most of the nation. Mississippi has a six-year run as the fattest state (33.8 percent).
The report bears out that poor people are fatter than rich people (good food is expensive) and that African Americans and Hispanics are heavier than white people. They're also poorer, as a rule.
A trio of western and a group of tiny Northeastern states are the healthiest (Colorado leading the way).
A third of kids are obese and most of their parents are in denial: more than 80 percent of parents surveyed say their little darlings are at the right weight. Want fries with that Big Mac, honey?