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Old 12-03-2011, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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Ugh the South, Appalachia and parts of Delmarva
There's only two black counties in Delmarva. What I find shocking is the lack of black in Texas. THe states I expected to be full of black generally met my expectations...Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Why Texas didn't fall in here surprises me. They have essentially the same diet as these other states. In any case, as expected, the South is the fattest nation in the U.S.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:18 PM
 
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There's only two black counties in Delmarva. What I find shocking is the lack of black in Texas. THe states I expected to be full of black generally met my expectations...Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Why Texas didn't fall in here surprises me. They have essentially the same diet as these other states. In any case, as expected, the South is the fattest nation in the U.S.
Kentucky and West Virginia have low black populations. Most of eastern Kentucky as well as West Virginia have higher obesity issues, likely the result of high poverty.

Missouri is "fatter" than Georgia, Florida, and Virginia.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:50 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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The L.A. region (AKA: car city) seems to be doing fine.
Yeah I'm not sure that car versus public-transportation would make too much difference. There's plenty of overweight people who ride the bus or subway and I'm not sure if it makes enough of a difference, exercise wise, whether you walk to your car or walk to the bus stop.

I could see Car-vs-Walking or Car-vs-Biking as making a difference. Bellingham, Boulder, Eugene, Fort-Collins, Gainesville, Madison, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz look high for biking to work. Boulder and Fort-Collins have the two lowest obesity rates according to Gallup. Bellingham and Santa Barbara are also listed by Gallup as being below 20% in obesity. None of them look to be above US average for obesity, although at 25.8% the Eugene-Springfield metro is close to average and they are slightly above average in diabetes. (Link on that was in earlier post)

http://www.city-data.com/top2/h38.html
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: IN
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Kentucky and West Virginia have low black populations. Most of eastern Kentucky as well as West Virginia have higher obesity issues, likely the result of high poverty.

Missouri is "fatter" than Georgia, Florida, and Virginia.
Most of Missouri is fairly high in poverty outside of the metros.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Weehawken
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People in Missouri and Indiana clearly aren't as weight concious as those in Illinois. Also, what's up with Appalacian PA? Once you hit the mtns bordering Jersey/NY the people are on the complete opposite end if the scale.

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Old 12-03-2011, 10:00 PM
 
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While I agree Alabama has an obesity problem (well actually the whole United States does), no one in my family is obese and most of my friends aren't either. In the Montgomery area, it seemed that the most obese people tended to be African-American while the whites were healthier and less obese. However, the wealthier African-Americans seemed more fit than their white counterparts.

I'm pretty sure in the wealthier and better educated areas of Alabama, the obesity rates are lower and probably more comparable to the rest of the nation. Alabama has a greater percentage of poor people who tend to be more obese.
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Old 12-04-2011, 09:41 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Good ol' boys and rez folks are fat. I coulda told you that without a map.

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Can you be a little more clear with what you mean by that comment.
The South (good ol' boys) and areas with a high Native American population (rez folks) have high obesity rates as shown by the map in the OP. Having lived in or in close proximity to both the South and areas with a lot of Native Americans, I have noticed that obesity is rampant in both populations as compared with other parts of the country.
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Old 12-04-2011, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Public transportation has little to do with this. It's all about poverty.
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Old 12-04-2011, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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Good catch. You can also see Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. In contrast, look how well Colorado does!

In fact, while Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin are not perfect, note how much better they are than some of the surrounding states

For instance, you can actually see a difference between Wisconsin and the dark blue of the UP of Michigan. Can any one from that area explain the reason why?
I am going to say it is pure guessing on their part. It's not like you are going to go right across the border from Wisconsin to the UP and everyone is going to be 40 pounds heavier. You probably won't even notice a difference unless you are truly picking out the overweight people. Now I notice a difference when I head down to the South.
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Old 12-04-2011, 01:09 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I always heard Texas was the fattest state and Houston the fattest city...
Well, obviously you heard wrong...

On the map the OP posted, the county Houston is in as well as two of its suburban counties are clearly in white, the lowest obesity category on the map. Also, these contradict what you heard:

Top 25 Skinniest US cities

In Pictures: Austin surpasses Houston in obesity


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That's probably because the "fat cities" criteria has more to do with crap like the number of restaurants per capita and other such stuff that doesn't necessarily correlate to a person's actual weight.
^This. The Men's Cosmo Magazine lists from the past that seemed to target the Texas cities.

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