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Old 07-17-2008, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Middleton, Wisconsin
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Ahhh yes the average American who isn't from Wisconsin who thinks everyone here drinks. I know plenty of people who don't drink including myself. I can't stand beer. YUCK!

I will say most of it is probably because our beer industry here and all our german and scandinavian roots here.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:08 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I see West Virginia is # 5, but you couldn't tell it from my family, who are usually lean, wiry and long-lived. I am 58 and still have one grandmother, 97. My other grandmother passed away a few years ago at 96. Both of them fried everything in bacon fat, kept in a can on the stove. Biscuits & gravy, fried chicken, cornbread, green beans & potatoes cooked for hours, and sometimes home-made crackling. My grandfathers lasted into their mid-80s, and they were rail-thin. And I take after them, 6 foot & 170 lbs.
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Old 07-18-2008, 02:17 AM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Here is a map I found.

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Old 07-18-2008, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Here is a map I found.

Wow it looks like all the fattest states are in the South! I am with Irishtom, cheap food is the fattiest (I will never understand why) and that is what the poor has no choice but to eat.
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:51 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I see West Virginia is # 5, but you couldn't tell it from my family, who are usually lean, wiry and long-lived. I am 58 and still have one grandmother, 97. My other grandmother passed away a few years ago at 96. Both of them fried everything in bacon fat, kept in a can on the stove. Biscuits & gravy, fried chicken, cornbread, green beans & potatoes cooked for hours, and sometimes home-made crackling. My grandfathers lasted into their mid-80s, and they were rail-thin. And I take after them, 6 foot & 170 lbs.
I believe much of it has to do with processed food, Bobilee.

I'm originally from West Virginia. It is only for the most part the "post 1970s" generations that are overweight in large numbers there, now. My parents were also height/weight proportionate, but when they were younger they didn't have processed cheese spread, Little Debbie snack cakes, Sodas with high fructose corn syrup, etc. They are "natural" food, and any sweets were home made with just plain old sugar and flour - nothing processed, squeezed, or "simulated".

Today's generation (at least here in the U.S.) for the most part eats very little real food. Much of what many of us stick in our mouths has been processed to the point of only LOOKING like food, with much of the rest being artificial sweeteners, high levels of salt, and oils. Yes, add that TO fried foods, and you're talking an entire nation capable of populating a new planet named "Jenny Craig".
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Old 07-18-2008, 08:11 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Yeh, as the map obove shows my Okies are ranking right there with our Texas and Arkie buddies. Oklahoma is tied for 8th....whew hew!!!

Fattest States 2008: The CalorieLab United States of Obesity Rankings (Obesity by State)
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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Yeh, as the map obove shows my Okies are ranking right there with our Texas and Arkie buddies. Oklahoma is tied for 8th....whew hew!!!
Hey Sooner, I thought you might get a chuckle out of this link:

Oklahoma citizens’ diets sabotaged by “official state meal” of chicken fried steak and pecan pie

This article was written last year when these "fattest states" figures came out, but the theme of it could just have easily been written for these latest ones.

Anyway, it comes down to that if Oklahomans' want to lose weight and lower their rank in the survey....then they would do well to avoid the official state meal! LOL I thought that was an amusing paradox!

Here is the Oklahoma state meal as declared by the legislature in 1988:

Fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.

Ol' buddy? I don't care WHAT the food police say...this is makin' me hungry! I am jealous Texas didn't think of it first! LOL
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:13 PM
 
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THE SOUTH SHALL RISE AGAIN - Their health insurance rates.
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:27 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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Hey Sooner, I thought you might get a chuckle out of this link:

Oklahoma citizens’ diets sabotaged by “official state meal” of chicken fried steak and pecan pie

This article was written last year when these "fattest states" figures came out, but the theme of it could just have easily been written for these latest ones.

Anyway, it comes down to that if Oklahomans' want to lose weight and lower their rank in the survey....then they would do well to avoid the official state meal! LOL I thought that was an amusing paradox!

Here is the Oklahoma state meal as declared by the legislature in 1988:

Fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.

Ol' buddy? I don't care WHAT the food police say...this is makin' me hungry! I am jealous Texas didn't think of it first! LOL
Sounds like Oklahoma could just as easily be considered Far North Texas.
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Old 07-18-2008, 01:42 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Hey Sooner, I thought you might get a chuckle out of this link:

Oklahoma citizens’ diets sabotaged by “official state meal” of chicken fried steak and pecan pie

This article was written last year when these "fattest states" figures came out, but the theme of it could just have easily been written for these latest ones.

Anyway, it comes down to that if Oklahomans' want to lose weight and lower their rank in the survey....then they would do well to avoid the official state meal! LOL I thought that was an amusing paradox!

Here is the Oklahoma state meal as declared by the legislature in 1988:

Fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbecue pork, biscuits, sausage and gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, pecan pie, and black-eyed peas.

Ol' buddy? I don't care WHAT the food police say...this is makin' me hungry! I am jealous Texas didn't think of it first! LOL
ROTFLOL....I read the article and Mick Cornett, mayor of OK City, wants Okies to lose a million pounds?!?! Fat chance Mick! (no pun intended)
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