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FLPanhandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 09:45 AM
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F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010
http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2010 /

Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia (D.C.), according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.

The report highlights troubling racial, ethnic, regional and income disparities in the nation's obesity epidemic. For instance, adult obesity rates for Blacks and Latinos were higher than for Whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia; 10 out of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity were in the South -- with Mississippi weighing in with highest rates for all adults (33.8 percent) for the sixth year in a row; and 35.3 percent of adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese compared with 24.5 percent of adults earning $50,000 or more per year.

"Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH. "This report shows that the country has taken bold steps to address the obesity crisis in recent years, but the nation's response has yet to fully match the magnitude of the problem. Millions of Americans still face barriers - like the high cost of healthy foods and lack of access to safe places to be physically active - that make healthy choices challenging."

The report also includes obesity rates among youths ages 10-17, and the results of a new poll on childhood obesity conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and American Viewpoint. The poll shows that 80 percent of Americans recognize that childhood obesity is a significant and growing challenge for the country, and 50 percent of Americans believe childhood obesity is such an important issue that we need to invest more to prevent it immediately. The survey also found that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight, but research shows nearly one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight.
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Colorado looks like the place to live. Of course, if I lived in New Orleans, I'd probably be 10lbs heavier. Interesting that so many parents of over-weight children refuse to believe it.

Check out the interactive map of the US to see where your state ranks (FL 36th in obesity).
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 10:03 AM
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1. I have decided...
...that the only way I can survive in America, given our current healthcare system and
the systematic destruction of Medicare and Social Security--is to keep myself healthy.

I now exercise 90 minutes a day and I eat healthy. No more HFCS, no more partially hydrogenated
fats. I also take a shit-ton of vitamins and supplements.

I've lost 50 lbs and I can't believe how different I feel. Bad food not only affects your
body, it affects your brain. I was sluggish, unmotivated and probably depressed.

I'm trying to help my children eat healthier too, but I'm fighting a huge battle. The poisonous
food industry is relentless about marketing their poison to children.

The grocery store is a sess pool of processed crap that will kill you. Food is either
damaging or healing. There's just no mid-ground anymore. The sad thing is--eating healthy
is expensive. I used to "coupon" and I budgeted $120 per every two weeks for food. We're
eating healthy now (and not a lot of organic either!) and we easily spend $200 per week.
$800 per month for groceries for a family of four to eat healthy--and I'm a penny-pinching,
deal-seeking saver who shops at multiple grocery stores for the best deals.

It's just nuts out there. Nuts are good for you too tho... ;)

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FLPanhandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 10:07 AM
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2. Children are tough
Knowing I can't totally stop them from eating sugary junk food, my wife and I make exercise a family event. We go on family bike rides or all sign up for a 5K run or go on a family hike for an afternoon.



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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:30 PM
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8. That's so terrific...
...that you stay active and get your kids involved in races and family hikes. It will pay
off in the long run. What an incredible gift you're giving to your kids! They'll be more
likely to continue those healthy habits into their adult lives. Kudos to you!

It's really a battle with the food, isn't it? And it's not the same as when we were kids. I
remember eating those Snowball cakes. Remember those...chocolate round cakes with creme
filling, with an outer layer of marshmallow rolled in coconut??? Oh yum! A snowball back then
was made with real sugar and fats. Today's HFCS and partially-hydrogenated fats are a whole
other level of bad. Both are bad, but today's food is just toxic--and so addictive!!

Best of luck to you. You are a good parent! :)
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Big Blue Marble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 10:25 AM
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3. Kudos to you.
You have made a wise decision. I have come to the same conclusion and have taken the same
steps to maintain my health. I lost sixty pounds and exercise five days each week.

And I love nuts, too. :bounce:
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:32 PM
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9. Hooray for you!
Edited on Fri Jul-08-11 01:34 PM by CoffeeCat
Amazing that you lost 60 lbs. That is quite an accomplishment!

Aren't nuts great? Almonds are just wonderful and so filling.

Again, congratulations--and I wish you continued success on your healthy journey.

:)
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 10:40 AM
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4. + 1
Losing 50 lbs is equivalent to not walking around with 10 sacks of flour or sugar.
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:33 PM
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10. I get tired just thinking of it!
Wow, when you put it like that...it's mind blowing.

:)
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CaliforniaHiker Donating Member (44 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 10:50 AM
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6. Way to go!
I'm also in the process of overhauling my eating habits. I have a serious sweet tooth so that has been my biggest struggle. After ovr 20 years of highly processed sugar as my sweetener, switching to naturally sweet food (in moderation of course) has been a struggle.
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:27 PM
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7. Sugar was a big problem for me...
...and I know I was addicted to sugar and all of that processed food. I also have
a sweet tooth, so I understand. I stepped down from sugar. I didn't go cold turkey.
I slowly changed my diet. Exercise really helped too. I almost felt as if my body
craved healthier foods, once I started exercising. Sugar and processed foods sounded
terrible after I'd been working out for a while.

I just heard about coconut sugar. It sounds expensive, but apparently it is very
sweet and has a very low glycemic index. Google it and you may find some great info.
I've also heard some good things about agave syrup, which also has a low GI. It is
quite expensive too. C&H makes it.

I don't know if this helps you, but I find ways to satisfy my sweet tooth that are
healthy. I put Hershey's cocoa powder and some stevia in plain Greek yogurt. You
mix that up and it tastes like chocolate cheesecake. I add a handful of almonds if
I want a heavier snack. I also add the Hershey's cocoa and stevia to plain steel
cut oats. I cook the oats according to the instructions, then add the cocoa and stevia.
Then, I top it off with 1/2 cup of chocolate almond milk. OMG...it's heaven and it
tastes so rich and chocolaty. I'm not saying these options are the healthiest things
in the world--but much improvement over a Snicker's Bar!

Best of luck to you. I understand your struggles and I still grapple with the same struggles
daily. You can do this!
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Big Blue Marble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 02:13 PM
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13. I used to crave sugar and carbs like crazy.
Edited on Fri Jul-08-11 02:17 PM by Big Blue Marble
Now I crave vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Non-fat greek yogurt is the best. I love it with
stevia and fresh raspberries. I am so happy with my diet. I have maintained my weight loss for
one year now. And I am eating more than I ever thought I could. In fact, I have to work to eat
enough to keep from losing any more. LOL

I eat mostly low glycemic meals with a splurge once or twice a week.
And I have become a big advocate of interval training. It takes less time than regular aerobics
and really burns the fat. I do it 3 times per week for about 30 minutes. In addition, i do 2
longer aerobic work outs on other days. It is an awesome way to build fitness. I am in the best
condition of my life. I weigh less than I did in eighth grade with a 25" waist. Oh and I am in my mid-sixties.

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Scout Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 10:41 AM
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5. just curious how many of the "obese" have no health issues...
just a too high BMI?

i'm 51, all my blood work is great, no problems with cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure ... had a stroke prevention screening and everything is great! had a colonoscopy and everything is great! no problems with menopause, no "female problems." my bone density is not just good for a woman my age, but for any person (i do have a little arthritis in my lower spine).

i am a little low on iron(confirmed on blood test) and some minerals (according to my recent hair analysis). i am fortunate to rarely be sick with a cold or the flu.

i hike, i bike, i walk my dogs, i am strong as hell, i am very flexible.

but oh the horrors!!! i'm FAT at 5'3.5" i am over 200 pounds!

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:40 PM
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11. my niece moved out on own first time. at dinner last night we all thought of cheap
really cheap meals. my husband, a friend who is a nurse and myself, all giving suggestions on wht is really cheap she can by to fill her up.

after about a half hour, i asked the table....

what have we learned tonight at the dinner table.

people went thru the many things we had discussed with various discussions and when everyone was done i said...

why poor people are so heavy. the foods they have to buy that are the cheapest and will fill them up.

i listened to hubby and nurse friend throw out ramen noodles, cup a soup, mac and cheese, rice, mashed potatoes.

not one healthy food. all the stuff that makes a person fat with least nutrients.

good lesson for my two boys listening, at the table
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-11 01:58 PM
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12. ...
"In the last 20 years, the price of
soda has gone down by more than
20 percent while the price of fresh
fruits and vegetables has increased
40 percent." -- OSPIRG

Why? Subsidies for Big Junk Food.
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