Post by CMF Newsman on Aug 28, 2007 9:00:21 GMT -5
JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippians need to skip the gravy, say no to the fried pickles and start taking brisk walks to fight an epidemic of obesity, experts say. According to a new study, this Deep South state is the fattest in the nation.
It also became the first state to crack the 30 percent barrier for adults considered obese, with West Virginia and Alabama just behind, according to the Trust for America's Health, a research group that focuses on disease prevention.
Aside from being a butt of late-night talk show jokes, the obesity epidemic has serious implications for public policy.
If current trends hold, these states could face enormous increases in the already significant costs of treating diabetes, heart disease and other ailments related to extra weight. The leanest state in the rankings was Colorado, with an obesity rate projected at a much lower 17.6 percent.
Yeah, but what they consider "obese" is crazy. I'd have to weigh around 180 to not be considered obese. At 305 I'm definitely overweight, but I ought to be around 230, not 180.
They always mean beautiful things like hummingbirds. I always reply by saying that I think of a little child in east Africa with a worm burrowing through his eyeball. The worm cannot live in any other way, except by burrowing through eyeballs. I find that hard to reconcile with the notion of a divine and benevolent creator. David Attenborough, on crediting God for the wonders of the world.
Post by Justin Thyme on Aug 28, 2007 16:06:04 GMT -5
Worm, you and I are about the same height but I think you have a more massive body type than mine. The charts I've read tell me I need to be no more than 198. I know that at 218 I still have a 40" waist so I think the charts about right for me. I'm guessing high end for you would be closer to 212.
JiT "Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means that you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate." ~Rick Warren