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7 Aug

The Fattest States

Our pals at CalorieLab have published their annual ranking of the heftiest states. All right, all you Colorado people, what’s the secret? Mississippi is once again the “winner” for most obese, and California remains unchanged.

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Click the map to read the detailed statistical breakdown.

A few points to consider:

- How do regional and/or cultural preferences affect obesity rates?

- Since there aren’t really any “thin” states, it’s not so much a matter of what some states are doing right – some states are just doing less “wrong”. What “right” steps do all states need to take?

- What role, if any, should the government play in addressing the obesity epidemic?

Further reading:

What Does 4,000 Calories a Day Look Like?

What Does a 410 Pound Weight Loss Look Like?

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  1. Fun game: Match the fat state with its starchy produce. Idaho potatoes make you 23% fat. Nebraskan corn makes you 24% fat.

    And hey, since when did Washington D.C. turn into an island located 300 miles east of Florida?

    McFly wrote on August 7th, 2007
  2. So do Coloradoans eat pine cones? Sorry, dumb joke. ;)

    Sara wrote on August 7th, 2007
  3. Note that this is the rate of obesity across the board – include “overweight” and the numbers increase drastically.

    Mark wrote on August 7th, 2007
  4. Why is it mostly the south and east are heavier?

    What is it that the north and west are leaner?

    Donna wrote on August 7th, 2007
  5. Well, at the risk of everyone disagreeing…my travels to the South and the East Coast have indicated to me that the health bug hasn’t quite taken hold the way it has on the West Coast. There’s a lot of lighter fare, sushi, “French California lite” type cuisine that just isn’t as popular/prevalent yet in other parts of the country. For example last summer I visited a girlfriend in Atlanta, and there was a noticeable difference in what sorts of foods were popular – more fried, more carbs (sandwiches, and the salads tended to have more “goodies” on them), fish tended to be fried, more soda, iced tea, etc. I don’t mean to stereotype but it has been my personal experience. But by far the hardest time I had finding truly healthy food was in Pennsylvania and Virginia. But that was probably due to me not really knowing where to go. :)

    Sara wrote on August 9th, 2007
  6. Is anyone struck by the fact that the fattest states are some of the poorest ones?

    elasticwaist wrote on August 9th, 2007

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