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Old 12-01-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Not one single county in Colorado with a high ranking, not even the eastern plains. Only state in the union that doesn't rank over 20%. Something about the high altitude?
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I find it surprising that nevada has a high rate of obesity
who knows, maybe being a state with very low population plus
those people seating and gambling all night and day in Las vegas and Renoy made a big difference
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:42 PM
 
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They must use different measures in different states. Look how Illinois is magically thinner than it's neighbors, and the outline of Missouri is in contrast to all its neighbors.
I know.

I'm seriously questioning the methodology used here. Things like that just don't look right.

Although I will say that from my personal experience small towns/small cities in Wisconsin have people that look a bit healthier more often than not than many equivalent places in the other four main great lakes states.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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Not one single county in Colorado with a high ranking, not even the eastern plains. Only state in the union that doesn't rank over 20%. Something about the high altitude?
Yes, and an active lifestyle, particularly along the Front Range and western CO...clean air, diverse topography and comparatively drier, milder weather are all conducive to physical fitness. I think it's easier to eat healthy when exercising a lot, too.

Sure, every methodology has its weaknesses. The clear state boundaries shown definitely point to a difference in reporting by state...but this isn't Forbes' Fittest Cities list, this is a pretty credible study using CDC data that can't just be dismissed as fiction.

When I moved from El Paso County (CO) to Travis County (TX), the difference in obesity rates was instantly evident...and that was in one of the slimmest counties in TX.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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You would have thought Texas would be alot worse in obesity but looking at the map, it's actually not as bad as people thought. Put down the Men's health magazine, people. Still could be alot better. But it's not as bad as people think it is.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:42 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Only counted 6 Kentucky counties in the "low" shade (if you call 26% obesity rate low!!), all were urban counties: Kenton (metro Cincy), Jefferson & Nelson (Metro Louisville), Fayette & Jessamine (metro Lexington)
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:50 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Seems that few people notice that the difference between lowest and highest is only about 4%. They might as well all be about the same.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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I know.

I'm seriously questioning the methodology used here. Things like that just don't look right.

Although I will say that from my personal experience small towns/small cities in Wisconsin have people that look a bit healthier more often than not than many equivalent places in the other four main great lakes states.
And which are those?

My guess:
Illinois
Ohio
Michigan
Wisconsin

Leaving out:
New York
Pennsylvania
Indiana
Minnesota
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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And which are those?

My guess:
Illinois
Ohio
Michigan
Wisconsin

Leaving out:
New York
Pennsylvania
Indiana
Minnesota
Illinios, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin are the Old Northwest Territory which forms a distinct region. The "original" midwest. West of the Missisippi is practically the Great Plains, and east of Ohio is practically the eastern seaboard.

I should have been more clear.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:10 AM
 
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Much of the contrast in western states' counties clearly corresponds to Indian Reservations such as in the Dakota Badlands, etc. which have high obesity.

The counties along the CO - KS border are identical flat wheat-growing areas, so why the sudden contrast along the state line? And why are N.E. TX and N.W. TX healthier than western OK? (Does OK have a greater Indian presence?) Why are southern IL and southern IA less obese than MO? And what's with the one obese county in N.W. Maine? And why the extreme contrast in neighboring counties within in OR and NV? And why are the N.W. AR Ozarks noticeably less obese than the S.W. MO Ozarks? Does one state have better public health programs than the other neighboring state?

Clark County - Las Vegas NV actually shows as low obesity, but it's the other, rural NV counties than are shown as high.
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