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Fri Sep 14, 2018, 03:37 PM

7 States Now Have an Obesity Rate of More than 35% (They're all red states)

Obesity rates in the United States are at an all-time high. But now, seven states throughout the country have an obesity rate of at least 35%. Itís the first time this many states have had such a serious obesity problem (itís up from five states in 2016), and the issue doesnít seem to be getting better any time soon. The following seven states have the highest obesity rates in the country* ó do you live in one?

https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/7-states-now-have-an-obesity-rate-of-more-than-35-do-you-live-in-one.html/

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Reply 7 States Now Have an Obesity Rate of More than 35% (They're all red states) (Original post)
EricMaundry Friday OP
Bernardo de La Paz Friday #1
Behind the Aegis Friday #2
Aristus Friday #3
MontanaMama Friday #5
Aristus Friday #8
jcgoldie Friday #9
Chellee Friday #17
mountain grammy Friday #15
unc70 Friday #4
GeoWilliam750 Friday #7
unc70 Friday #10
phylny Friday #16
DavidDvorkin Friday #11
unc70 Friday #12
DavidDvorkin Friday #13
sl8 Friday #6
TomSlick Friday #14

Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 03:45 PM

1. It's conservative to gain weight faster than a fast-weight-gaining nation. . . . nt

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 03:53 PM

2. 3. Oklahoma

3. Oklahoma

Obesity rate: 36.5%

Oklahomaís obesity rate skyrocketed over the past year. Most states increase by less than one percentage point, but Oklahoma saw a 3.7% increase in obesity over just one year. Men are almost 4% more obese than women, but there was no single race that was much more obese than another. Oklahoma is also one of the few states that do not require physical education classes in middle school or high school.

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 03:54 PM

3. While it's easy (and accurate) to blame gluttony and fatty Southern food,

there is also still a lot of misinformation out there regarding such sugary, fattening products as Gatorade and Powerade, sports drinks, monster drinks, energy drinks, etc.

Gatorade and the others are marketed as health drinks, and they're not. They're incredibly bad for you, loaded with sugar and all kinds of other things you don't need. And there's a concerted effort on the part of the beverage companies to get these unhealthy products offered in schools, at Little League games and other youth sports endeavors, at parks, picnics, and summer camps.

Childhood obesity is the biggest risk factor for adult obesity.

I've had patients weighing in excess of 400lbs, with uncontrolled diabetes and triglyceride levels, tell me they drink lots of Gatorade "because it's good for you, right?"

I tell them the truth about these beverages, which surprises most of them, and then the ones who truly want to get better quit drinking them, after which, they show marked weight loss and better and easier control of their diabetes.

In the South, drinking soda has been so embedded in the culture (I'm looking at you, Georgia-based Coca-Cola!) that it has become an unshakeable part of regional identity.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 04:26 PM

5. Soda is a nightmare.

My 13 year old tells me there are kids at school who brink two (TWO!!!!) pops to school each day in their lunch boxes! The Powerade, Gatorade addiction is a whole other mess. Coaches routinely bring coolers full of that garbage to baseball games, etc. Sugar, artificial coloring and the acid content!!! I worked in a dental practice for 21 years and acid erosion on adolescent teeth is an epidemic...even with diet pop.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 05:55 PM

8. Mrs. Aristus would agree with your dental findings.

She's a dental hygienist and sees the damage caused by sugary, acidic beverages all the time.

Due to the cheapness of High Fructose Corn Syrup, the obesity and dental decay caused by these beverages is primarily an affliction of the poor.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 05:59 PM

9. whew...

I was worried you were going to blame beer. That would be upsetting.

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Response to jcgoldie (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:42 PM

17. Absolutely.

Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy. - Not really Ben Franklin, but wouldn't it be nice if it was?

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Response to Aristus (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:41 PM

15. I finally kicked diet coke

but still crave it. What the hell is in that crap?

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 04:18 PM

4. Obesity epidemic in part from adenovirus-32

The virus changes metabolism to create more and larger fat cells. Mostly insect related.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 05:38 PM

7. Might you mean adenovirus-36?

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Response to GeoWilliam750 (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 06:29 PM

10. Yes AD-36

Thanks. Don't know why I mistyped. Blame it on Florence.

I have posted repeatedly at DU about AD-36.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 10:18 PM

16. Somehow I've missed these post.

Fascinating and disheartening!

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Response to unc70 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 06:58 PM

11. If that were a major cause of America's obesity problem

wouldn't it be more evenly spread out across the country?

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #11)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 07:19 PM

12. Not if it is insect related

AD-36 is usually spread through insects. The virus made the jump from birds to humans in South Asia around 1980 The "epidemic" in the US began around Mobile and spread northward with the same pattern as for known insect-borne diseases.

Tests for AD-36 antibodies show a high correlation with morbid obesity. Lab animals infected with AD-36 gain nearly twice the weight of uninflected ones on the same rations. Recent research has revealed the complex mechanisms that modify metabolism in infected individuals. Your question is part of continuing research.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:26 PM

13. Interesting.

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 05:03 PM

6. 6 of the 7 are among the 11 poorest states.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_income

Going by the Wikipedia metric:

4 of the 7 (MS, AR, WV, AL) are the 4 poorest states.

All but Iowa are among the 11 poorest states.

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Response to EricMaundry (Original post)

Fri Sep 14, 2018, 09:32 PM

14. This was big news in Arkansas.

We dropped down the list! Things are looking better.

Nevertheless, my diet plan is to walk through the local Walmart before meals.

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