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Old 03-07-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I am not trying to hurt any feelings with this post, however since moving here from up North, I've noticed that one in every 3-4 people is obsese here in the Triad area. (I am 5'10 and 155 lbs.) On my job we all love to eat but I very rarely hear the word "diet" or "I'm watching what I eat" coming from the mouths of those who are morbidly obese. I must admit the food taste alot better here in the south and I have also never seen so many unhealthy places to eat in one small area. I am concerned for my daughters and my husband who want to eat out all the time ( I am a good cook- they told me so). Why is this an accepted way to live, two females on my job have had heart attacks, (ages 35 & 50) in the one year that I've been working there.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:17 AM
LLN
 
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It is only an issue if you eat more than you work off.

I think an issue in the South is that for hundreds of years, folks worked really hard farming and stuff. They could eat a lot and burn it all off in a days work. As we got away from the manual work on the farm, eating habits were passed down.

We love bbq and such and that ain't healthy.

I am way overweight, but I take responsibility for getting that way. Working hard to get it off.

I would think if you have the background of eating right, then you are ok. If you succumb to the temptation to go out frequently, "and tie on the feedbag" that is not a problem with NC, that is a problem with YOU.

Good luck.

lln
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:41 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I think what I'm getting at is that the folks I'm around who are obese don't seem to be self-conscious about it...........and that terrifies me. I work the night shift and most eat all night long without hesistation. If Krispy Keme doughnuts are brought in to work ....they are gone instantly, if a veggie platter is brought in ....it is almost untouched.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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We do seem to be up there:

Fattest States 2008: The CalorieLab United States of Obesity Rankings (Obesity by State)
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Old 03-07-2009, 05:02 PM
 
Location: east of my daughter-north of my son
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I must say that when I lived in South Florida, I saw many more overweight and obese people there than I do here in NC. And the worst part of that was there were so many children overweight there. I worked at a school's after care program and to get most of these kids outside to play was a problem. They just wanted to stay inside and play. I also saw many health issues developing with many of the kids and that is what scares me. Also there is the social issue. Kids can be very nasty with the overweight kids.

I just wish all of us, including myself, would exercise better judgment when it comes to food and exercise.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I agree Catrick!
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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Added link from Superk's link for those who don't like to read.

http://calorielab.com/news/wp-images...s-2008-big.gif
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:21 PM
 
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only if you eat at TACO BELL

(hehe...just a joke here )
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:55 AM
 
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seriously,while you can't change anyone else,all you *can do is to try and serve to be a good example to them.refuse the doughnuts,bring or eat healthy snacks and lunch/dinner..go out for walks during breaks...etc.it speaks volumes more than anything you could ever say.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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This is not just a southern issue, its a national issue. I agree with SC122's comment. Stay on course and don't worry about other people and if you do go out to eat reasearch the restaurant's website so you can make as wise as choice as possible.

As for the issue at hand there are many mitigating factors for obesity in this region, though not restricted to it:
Advertising; we are constantly bombarded with commercials, coupons, and specials to entice one to eat out.

Work envrionment; the place my wife works has rampant obesity due the sedentary nature of the job as well as the swarm of restuarants that deliver. Most employers don't condone or encourage healthy habits.

Retail enviroment; due to urban sprawl we drive everywhere.

Medical; Due to medical advances over the last two decades people unknowingly or knowingly have the false sense of security that doctors can cure it all. OTC medicine ads actually tell you its ok to abuse your body. Have you ever seen a heartburn ad featuring someone who got it from eating a nice healthy meal?

Social: Many feel its a part of aging. The most common and idiotic phrase uttered is "you're going to die anyway, may as well enjoy it." Anyone out there enjoy having a heart attack, diabetes, open heart surgery? Being 'big' is almost revered as a sign of strength where as being short and/or thin is regarded as a weakness (mostly with men).

Financial & convenience misconceptions; People believe that it is cheaper & more convenient to eat out. Not always the case.

Just my .02
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