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Old 04-19-2009, 08:01 PM
 
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It's not the food that does it, in my opinion. It's the inactivity. Look in other areas where unhealthy food is encouraged and no one walks anywhere: Rural midwest comes to mind.

Chubtown USA.

Painting with a really broad brush here, but in major Northeast cities (plus places like Chicago), people walk a lot. In areas like the Pacific NW or Mountain region, outdoor activity is encouraged and very common. SoCal is really image conscious (again, broad brush).

In the South? The food tends to be fatty, LOTS of people are fat, everyone drives everywhere, and folks don't exercise a lot.

All that = fat.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:33 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Therefore, you have been added to my ignore list
Oh whatever will I do now?

Get a job then get a life.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
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Akhenaton06,

I can see that you are posting on this forum so it is pretty safe to say that you are bashing me

The redneck location where you are currently located is reflected too much in your post for my taste

Therefore, you have been added to my ignore list
This is the exact thing he said to me!! Welcome to the elite club, Akhenation06.
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Old 04-19-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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This is the exact thing he said to me!! Welcome to the elite club, Akhenation06.
Yeah, seems like it grows bigger the more he expresses himself.
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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It's not the food that does it, in my opinion. It's the inactivity. Look in other areas where unhealthy food is encouraged and no one walks anywhere: Rural midwest comes to mind.

Chubtown USA.

Painting with a really broad brush here, but in major Northeast cities (plus places like Chicago), people walk a lot. In areas like the Pacific NW or Mountain region, outdoor activity is encouraged and very common. SoCal is really image conscious (again, broad brush).

In the South? The food tends to be fatty, LOTS of people are fat, everyone drives everywhere, and folks don't exercise a lot.

All that = fat.
I think part of it is that it is cheaper to buy junk food than healthy. I was at the grocery yesterday and my husband loves homemade pizza. I was looking at the regular pepperoni vs the turkey kind, the turkey was twice as expensive but healthier. That seems to go with everything, the healthier, the more expensive.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:37 AM
 
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I think part of it is that it is cheaper to buy junk food than healthy. I was at the grocery yesterday and my husband loves homemade pizza. I was looking at the regular pepperoni vs the turkey kind, the turkey was twice as expensive but healthier. That seems to go with everything, the healthier, the more expensive.
Yes and no. I agree that healthier processed foods are more expensive, but buying whole foods is healthier, all the way around. Is a bigger pain, especially if you have kids, but it's much better for you, and really not THAT expensive, if you know where to shop.

(I don't mean "Whole Foods" from the store "Whole Foods". I just mean unprocessed foods, like whole vegetables, whole grains, unprocessed meats, etc.)
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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It's not the food that does it, in my opinion. It's the inactivity. Look in other areas where unhealthy food is encouraged and no one walks anywhere: Rural midwest comes to mind.

Chubtown USA.

Painting with a really broad brush here, but in major Northeast cities (plus places like Chicago), people walk a lot. In areas like the Pacific NW or Mountain region, outdoor activity is encouraged and very common. SoCal is really image conscious (again, broad brush).

In the South? The food tends to be fatty, LOTS of people are fat, everyone drives everywhere, and folks don't exercise a lot.

All that = fat.
this is true but i can speak for chicago...tons of fat people TONS!!! and just because you walk doesn't mean you walk fast! and cities like chicago have elite transportation systems. you can take a train anywhere or a bus or a taxi, etc. the key with walking around chicago (like i do on a daily basis) is walking fast non-stop for long durations.
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Old 04-20-2009, 10:59 AM
 
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this is true but i can speak for chicago...tons of fat people TONS!!! and just because you walk doesn't mean you walk fast! and cities like chicago have elite transportation systems. you can take a train anywhere or a bus or a taxi, etc. the key with walking around chicago (like i do on a daily basis) is walking fast non-stop for long durations.
Well, perhaps not all of Chicago. However, guarantee that if I left my apartment right now, I could walk miles before I'd see as many seriously overweight people as I could see in one trip to the grocery store in many sprawly sunbelt and midwest towns I've been to.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Well, perhaps not all of Chicago. However, guarantee that if I left my apartment right now, I could walk miles before I'd see as many seriously overweight people as I could see in one trip to the grocery store in many sprawly sunbelt and midwest towns I've been to.
you seem educated and well to do. i'm sure your neighborhood doesn't reflect the large african american communities such as the south and west sides that are suffering from the obesity epidemic at a larger (no pun intended) rate than other groups. check out the southern burbs like Harvey, Chicago Heights, and markham. tell me if you see fat people there...lol and fat people don't walk, they waddle. it's hard to respect them when they take up their seat and yours on planes, trains, etc. no one wants fat rolls hanging onto their leg or elbow as they ride to and from work. plus, nothing is worse than walking around the loop and having 2 or 3 obese women in front of you waddling side by side as they take up the entire walkway and you have to fight through on coming traffic to get by them as they seem oblivious to anyone else but themselves.

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Old 04-20-2009, 11:10 AM
 
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you seem educated and well to do. i'm sure your neighborhood doesn't reflect the large african american communities such as the south and west sides that are suffering from the obesity epidemic at a larger (no pun intended) rate than other groups. check out the southern burbs like Harvey, Chicago Heights, and markham. tell me if you see fat people there...lol and fat people don't walk, they waddle. it's hard to respect them when they take up their seat and yours on planes, trains, etc. no one wants fat rolls hanging onto their leg or elbow as they ride to and from work. plus, nothing is worth than walking around the loop and having 2 or 3 obese women in front of you waddling side by side as they take up the entire walkway and you have to fight through on coming traffic to get by them as they seem oblivious to anyone else but themselves.
I've worked in those areas and am, of course, aware that it's an issue.

I'll amend my statement to include large swaths of Chicago in my list of areas in which people tend to walk more than folks who never walk anywhere that isn't inside of a mall.
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