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Old 07-07-2007, 08:36 AM
Status: "Summer!" (set 22 days ago)
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Well, the article I read was very brief, no more than two paragraphs, and it referenced a study. My daughter took the mag back home, so I can't take a second look. I have read other articles, in the American Journal of Public Health among others, that the major childhood obesity problem is among African-American and Hispanic kids, who are more likely to live in urban areas with lots of opportunities to walk. So the problem is multi-factorial. Some would like us to believe if the means were just available, e.g. sidewalks, bike paths, everyone would be out walking and biking. Apparently, not so. And I'll put in a plug for metro Denver: most suburbs here have sidewalks, bike paths and trail systems.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:02 AM
Location: Bronx, NY
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Well obviously this problem can't be blamed upon just one thing. The lack of walking is a major problem in my mind in terms of obesity, but it is just one factor.

Portion size is a major part of the obesity problem in this country. Take a look at this to see what I mean: The Weigh We Were: American Portion Sizes vs. anywhere else . I've lived outside of the country for a decent ammount of time, and one of the biggest things that I notice when I'm abroad is that the food portions are much smaller than what we have here in the USA.

Another major problem is the wide availability of cheap junk food and fast food.

It all adds up I suppose, the bigger portions, no exercise, junk food snacks. It might not be much, but people are gaining a little bit of weight day after day and as a result a lot of people in this country are overweight.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:56 AM
Location: Austin
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I'm with the pack here-- Reliance on the automobile has produced a sickeningly obese populace that has an even greater sense of entitlement than it would otherwise. Having a car allows one to get walk downstairs to their garage and not get out of the car until they get to the parking garage at work, while being able to visit the fried-food shack, bank, chain coffee emporium, and pharmacy without having to leave the comfort of one's automobile or deal with the outside world besides the parking lot at the Wal*Mart or strip mall.

New Yorkers are able to eat satisfying, rich meals regularly without gaining a pound because they lead the pedestrian-centered lives that people are supposed to lead. The rest of diet-obsessed middle-America keeps getting fatter and fatter.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:16 AM
Status: "Summer!" (set 22 days ago)
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Colorado always ranks as one of the "thinnest" if not THE thinnest state in terms of obesity. And yet we are also criticized as having too much sprawl, too much driving and not enough walkability. Someone posted some pictures of in-city Denver on one of these forums recently, and the cars were parked bumper to bumper on the streets.

Just for the record, I am all in favor of more walkability, kids walking to school, etc.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:20 AM
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I think the number one issue is people driving when they can walk.

Certainly other modern conveniences contribute but I think also the fact that people eat out and restaurants serve very large portions is another contributing factor to the weight problems of many Americans.
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