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Old 08-14-2012, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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I agree. Lots of unhealthy people in Mississippi. Unfortunately, the entire country is getting fatter.
Nice map. Thanks for finding it.
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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Mississippi most obese state: Southern diet or culture on the skids? - CSMonitor.com


This depresses me! I think I will go to the nearest convenience store, buy fried chicken on a stick, a couple of potato logs, and a 20-ounce soda for a pick-me-up!

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Old 08-19-2012, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Not true. Many other states have more junk around them to eat than Mississippi. Fast food is all over this country. Healthy food is easy to find in Mississippi and any other state, you just have to exercise self control, take responsibility for your own actions, and eat healthier.

There is nothing wrong with the occasional cheeseburger, etc. but some people don't practice moderation. You made my point for me by saying "UNLESS you make a conscious decision not to eat the junk and seek out healthier alternatives". This is called taking responsibility for your actions.

So don't blame Medicaid OR Popeyes for your own lack of self control.
I recently spent a week in NYC, and let me tell you, food is EVERYWHERE! You can walk down the sidewalks and smell the heavenly scent oozing out of the buildings, yet there are few fat people to be found. The difference is people in NYC are active, if they want food they have to walk to go get it, and usually walk quickly. In the rest of the country people are too lazy to even walk inside, instead they sit in their cars and go to the drive up window. It annoys me so bad when I go to WalMart and I see obese people on those scooters, filling their baskets with junk food. I feel like telling them to get their ass off that scooter and walk!

I do think one problem in the South is the heat, I'll admit I'm a lot more active during the fall and winter than I am during the summer.
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:59 AM
 
Location: The South
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I recently spent a week in NYC, and let me tell you, food is EVERYWHERE! You can walk down the sidewalks and smell the heavenly scent oozing out of the buildings, yet there are few fat people to be found.
The state has a fair number of obese people, 24.7%.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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The state has a fair number of obese people, 24.7%.
NY state may, but I was referring to what I saw in NYC.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:04 AM
 
Location: The South
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NY state may, but I was referring to what I saw in NYC.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/ny...bese.html?_r=1

This article refers to obesity in children. They don't look too good.
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Old 08-20-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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In contrast, some of the cityís wealthiest areas had the healthiest children. The West 60s near the Hudson River in Manhattan had the smallest share of overweight or obese children (11.7 percent), followed by part of TriBeCa (15 percent), SoHo (17.7 percent) and the East 50s, including Turtle Bay and Sutton Place (18.3 percent).
I was in Manhattan, which explains why I didn't see any fat people.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:11 AM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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All of those place are in Manhattan. Sutton Place is probably the wealthiest part of the borough .
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Yakima WA
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Food can't be all that is blamed because in 1991 the obesity rate in Mississippi was only 15%. Southern cooking and fried food certainly existed in 1991. So there have to be other factors to explain why MS is the fattest and why obesity has gone up dramatically in every state. .
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:00 PM
 
Location: North Jackson
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Food can't be all that is blamed because in 1991 the obesity rate in Mississippi was only 15%. Southern cooking and fried food certainly existed in 1991. So there have to be other factors to explain why MS is the fattest and why obesity has gone up dramatically in every state. .
I'm glad someone realized this. It's not as if smothered chicken was just invented 5 years ago...

Here are some guesses as to the real root problem:

1. The explosion of availability of fast food.
2. The explosion of availability of processed foods - people are getting "prepared" foods from the supermarket, but they are fatty, sweet, no fiber, no nutrition. "Low Fat" meals are high sugar meals, same calorie counts.
3. The acceptance and availability of sweet drinks. People are quick to blame soda, but all sweet drinks have the high calorie counts. Imagine a person who drinks a glass of OJ at breakfast, a soda at lunch, 2 glasses of "punch" at dinner. That's maybe 700 calories in one day, on just drinks.
4. Bad food in school lunches. When I was a kid we did get burgers and hot dogs some days, but other days we got veggies and mashed potatoes. I gather these days it's ALWAYS burgers, hot dogs, pizza. It fosters bad habits in the kids, thinking that lunch always has to be junk.
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