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Waistlines continue to grow in U.S.

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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1 сент, 2006 03:02 (UTC)
You disgust me. Thanks.
1 сент, 2006 03:15 (UTC)
Not my words,that is from yahoo,so yahoo and sociaty disguts you then. I copied it from yahoo news.
8 сент, 2006 05:02 (UTC)
Here is the question I feel the need to ask.
Why are you so osessed about all of this? I mean you have dedicated your entire LJ to this subject to the extent that you even titled your LJ in reference to "fat american women in walmarts" Seems that you have a very single tracked mind can you not find anything else to occupy it with? Psychologically spreaking someone who obsesses about a subject like this to the point that they are actually lashing out at it as you are is honstly scared to death of becoming that which they seem to loathe. Perhaps your focus should be learning how to be more comfortable in your own skin instead of focusing on people who could care less about your twisted obviously phobic opinoions are
But thats just my take on it
8 сент, 2006 07:27 (UTC)
you see,Michael.I understand that this subject bother only fat people.I am not sure u will believe me,but the true is...When i came to this country from London i was so surprised to see so many fat women,who dont really care how to lose a weight or not care what they should eat,that i felt like i need to write about it.Maybe it will make them mad and they will try to think what they can do about themselves. I mean,insted buying more corn syrop and fat meat with cookies they should buy only salad and run a little.But none of them walk-they have life like Home-car-work-shair-car-home.They see the difference soon with their bodies but they still say I dont care.Ok....but why then they wear some tops without straps and low jeans? It look gross,but they still dont understand it and wear for everyday men t-shirts.I understand why men in USA like to buy porn magazins,coz there is the only place where they can see beautiful slim women.And dont tell me You dont like to watch nice thin ladies on TV o on the beach.
27 мар, 2008 06:40 (UTC)
I'm sick of fat chicks. There are so many fat chicks It's almost impossible to find a single woman who isn't fat. If you do there are three other desperate fuckers right there trying to muscle in on you. It is this reason I started my website. NFC no fat chicks. http://www.ihatefatties.net Check it out.
27 мар, 2008 17:27 (UTC)
Thats why smart men dont merry american women. American women dont like to cook, they get fat, they like to spend husbands money, but if husband talk about extra dinner home-cooking, she will call herself slave and ask him help himself. Merry girls from Europe or Russia, but not USA. These girls r not fat, i am not. :) 96 lbs and not 18 anymore. In USA they have that weight only when they r 18-20, rusian have this weight forever, we dress good and take care of family.
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18 фев, 2011 00:30 (UTC)
American men may need viagra, living between american not very sexy women. Good luck!
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