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CNN State Map of Obesity

Check out the CNN state map of obesity at http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/fit.nation/obesity.map/. It shows each state's percentage of obesity from 1985 through 2004--shocking!! Does anyone have a comment on this?

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Tue. Jul 24, 12:58pm

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I don't find it shocking at all. In fact, I thought 2004 would have more "red" states than it does.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 1:29 PM

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I am shocked everyday I go to the grocery store, any store at the number of overweight people, and not just a little overweight.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:16 PM

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What amazes me are the people who eat out who are OBESE. Don't they realize that they are killing themsleves

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:29 PM

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While I'm sure the actual numbers are close to those figures, you have to consider their polling methods. They obtained the data by calling people at home...maybe those who didn't answer the phone for the survey were out exercising or just being active!
Obesity is a problem in the country - without a doubt. But remember to pay attention to how data is presented and how the data was obtained.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:31 PM

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I live in WA and it should have been red. All you see here in my town are overwight people.
It is very sad how our country has gone down hill over the years

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:46 PM

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The sad thing about all of this is the increase in numbers of obese children. I worked in pediatric clinical care and I saw 6 year olds who weighed more than a hundred pounds and teenagers who weighed over 200. There were parents talking about gastric bypass surgery for their obese children. In the 80's, I rarely saw children with such severe weight problems. I know this is just personal observation but I think we are all starting to see it. The interesting thing is I live in one of the lighter blue states on that last map.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 11:28 AM

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Scary thing about obesity in children

I work in a research environment at a large university, and have seen countless grant proposals aimed at educating pre-school and grade school-aged children about healthy eating and exercise. These well-intentioned programs focus on teaching young children to make healthy food choices and to have active lifestyles.

Over and over again, I've wondered if I'm the only person who realizes how little control children have over the food that is served to them in their school cafeteria or home. Look in to the carts around you in the line at the shopping center for a glimpse of what Americans feed our children. I've visited many schools whose lunch menus consist of pizza, chicken nuggets, and other high-calorie low-nutrition foods.

Childhood nutrition drives brain development and physical development, and impacts cognitive ability as well as lifelong health.

Today's children are the first generation with a life expectancy that is lower than that of their parents.

I look at the advances in medical knowledge and technology in the last few decades and shake my head in sorrow at this legacy we've given our children.

Shame on us as a society.


Thursday, July 26, 2007, 4:20 PM

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What amazes me are the people who eat out who are OBESE. Don't they realize that they are killing themsleves

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 2:29 PM

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???? I have to say I am taken aback by your response here... and a little offended.

I am obese because I eat too much of the wrong things and didn't exercise. I am changing that. I am losing weight steadily (with exercise) and I still eat out on occaision. I eat smart and I splurge every so often. I don't agree with your point of view. Anyone can be healthy and eat out occaisionally - eating out is not the primary reason for obesity.... IMO it's a sedentary lifestyle and poor choices when eating (out or otherwise).

I agree - Obesity in Children is a really terrible problem. I don't understand what parents are thinking. This is where the change needs to happen.

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 10:08 PM

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I also live in WA and we do have a weight issue here but I can't say that our state should have been in red, the darker blue seems more accurate. Not surprising at all the obesity growth rate. We live in an age of break through technology and our children are just getting bigger and bigger for it. Gone are the days when parents pushed the kids out the door after breakfast and tell them to go play. We do have the power to change that though. But it is up to the parents not the government or schools. We are the fattest nation, also the laziest.

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 11:05 PM

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Well - I'm a waitress and let me tell you there are more kids running the show than parents.

"I want friiiiiiies!!!!"

"Chips!"

"No! No water - Juice!"

"Waaaaaah!"

and the parents cave every time...

Maybe 1 in 20 don't and it shows in the way their kids behave, how considerate they are, how polite they are and how they address and interact with others. I'm not saying it's easy to raise kids, but there are way too many kids controlling the parents rather than vice versa.

I'm kinda surprised there aren't more red states.

Friday, July 27, 2007, 1:59 AM

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