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Old 07-28-2010, 05:55 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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Originally Posted by kcee510 View Post
Are you sure about that?

Side effects from obesity
1. Diabetes
2. Hyperlipidemia
3. Blood circulation diseases like arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and palsy
4. Skin disease
5. Joint problems, back, knee, and ankle pain
6. Liver disease
7. Cholelithiasis
8. Menstrual abnormalities
9. Female infertility
10. Breast cancer - autodiagnosis
11. Endometrium cancer
12. Decline in libido
13. Mental stress


sure sounds like an enjoyable life, where do I sign up?
Not all overweight people get all of those and people are more than their medical ailments. I have a condition that kills people in infancy with some frequency so I know where of I speak.

I do think the obesity rate is too high, but I don't think being thin is always the same as being happy or being fat (in the normal range of fat, obviously severe obesity is different) is always the same as misery. And living a life of exercise and constant work can have its tolls too.

Still North Carolina might do it better. They're high in this list of relaxing comparing to active pursuits, but are mid-range on obesity. Although Arkansas is mid-range on diabetes so maybe they're doing okay too.

http://www.gallup.com/poll/122405/Ob...ationship.aspx

New Hampshire might be better still. They're low on diabetes and obesity, but in the top-20 for relaxing i.e. "lazy" in US hyper-workaholic phrasing.

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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Yep, whole states are unhealthy. Brilliant.

When you look at these lists, which are a joke to begin with, the separation between top and bottom is usually not that large so don't go puffing your chest out about your state's rank.
I was just stating that the top ten states on this list are consistently listed as the most obese states in the nation. I'm from California by the way, a whole 7% lower with 34 million more people than Mississippi.

Top Ten states with the most obese adults

1. Mississippi 31%
2. West Virginia 30.6 %
3. Alabama 30.1%
4. Louisiana 29.5%
5. South Carolina 29.2%
6. Tennessee 29%
7. Kentucky 28.4 %
8. Oklahoma 28.1 %
9 Arkansas 28.%
10. Michigan 27.7%

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Old 07-28-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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The common trait for the states on the obese list should really be studied and corrected.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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Ironic that the states where people drone on and on about welfare mooches are rated as the laziest states.
Hmm maybe it's the welfare mooches that are making them lazy?
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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I was just stating that the top ten states on this list are consistently listed as the most obese states in the nation. I'm from California by the way, a whole 7% lower with 34 million more people than Mississippi.

Top Ten states with the most obese adults

1. Mississippi 31%
2. West Virginia 30.6 %
3. Alabama 30.1%
4. Louisiana 29.5%
5. South Carolina 29.2%
6. Tennessee 29%
7. Kentucky 28.4 %
8. Oklahoma 28.1 %
9 Arkansas 28.%
10. Michigan 27.7%
I guess they don't teach math in California. Thought y'all were supposed to have a good educational system?

A percentage is completely independent of amount. The fact that California has many more people has ZERO effect on a percentage. 10% of 34 million is the same rate as 10% of 20 people. I know California is more healthy as a whole-just saying.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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Didn't Louisiana recently rank #1 in happiest states as well? I hardly think that's a coincidence.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:32 PM
 
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I guess they don't teach math in California. Thought y'all were supposed to have a good educational system?

A percentage is completely independent of amount. The fact that California has many more people has ZERO effect on a percentage. 10% of 34 million is the same rate as 10% of 20 people. I know California is more healthy as a whole-just saying.
Well math was never my strongest subject haha

I get what you are saying though, I should of left population out of it. But yes a whole California is more healthy.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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I'm pretty sure that by myself, I can drag California to be #1 as the most laziest state. I feel like I kick it way too much, instead of doing something productive for humanity.

Apparently I'm not doing a good enough job at being lazy. I pledge myself that by 2011, California will be so lazy that it will be inhuman! I'll start by not getting out of my house anymore and just sticking to video games instead of having interactions with real human beings. That stuff is overrated anyways! Who's with me?

Let's work to have California #1 on every list! RAWR! =P
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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I think the popularity of fried foods, sugary food, and fast food has some bearing in obesity rates. Although I've come out very "pro-relaxation" I would agree that a half-hour of exercise a day is generally a good idea. I don't manage it, but I can see the benefit. Although having a non-sedentary job I suppose could also take care of much of that.

A life where you work 40 hours a week, exercise maybe 3 hours a week, and spent the rest "in physically non-active pursuits" sounds potentially real nice to me. I don't know where that would put a person on their scale though. Anyway I think stress and a lack of connection is a large part of our health problems too. (I'm not super-social so I'd say "connection" could include connection to Nature or God with a small group of people there to help you out if you get sick. I'm not talking about being a social butterfly)
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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I was just stating that the top ten states on this list are consistently listed as the most obese states in the nation. I'm from California by the way, a whole 7% lower with 34 million more people than Mississippi.

Top Ten states with the most obese adults

1. Mississippi 31%
2. West Virginia 30.6 %
3. Alabama 30.1%
4. Louisiana 29.5%
5. South Carolina 29.2%
6. Tennessee 29%
7. Kentucky 28.4 %
8. Oklahoma 28.1 %
9 Arkansas 28.%
10. Michigan 27.7%
Gee, California is only at 24% obesity rate?
Do you really think that is good?

I just love when these lists come out and people start spouting off about how their state is not in the top 10 or if it is a good list that they are in the top ten.

The one thing they fail to realize is there is usually a very small difference between where they are on the list and where the worst of the list is.

Oh and my state is .2% difference from Cali in obesity rate and we are in the south. We are also lower than many northern states.
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