When Bigger Isnít Better

As Americans continue to get fatter, a new study finds that fewer people are exercising. The Trust for America's Health analyzed tens of thousands of interviews conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among their findings: State-by-state obesity rates ranged from 17% to 30% of the population, with rates of adult obesity rising in 31 states and falling in none. The states with the most obese residents were Mississippi (30%), West Virginia (29.8%) and Alabama (29.4%). States with the lowest rates of obesity were Colorado (17.6%), Massachusetts (19.8%) and Vermont (20%).

The Bigger Picture. Obesity is a complicated issue, and can't be blamed entirely on lack of physical activity. Genetic, nutritional and socio-economic influences also have roles. Consider the fact that unhealthy foods made with refined grains, added fat and sugars are cheaper than energy-dense selections like whole grains, vegetables and fresh fruits. Many health professionals believe that poverty is a better indicator of obesity than education, race or other factors.
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Sep 13, 2007
I'm glad that you mentioned that you guys mentioned "The Bigger Picture". When foods such as a box of twinkies are sold for 2 dollars versus 2 oranges for 2 dollars, it's hard to eat healthy with the little amount money buys. More advertising and emphasis needs to be put on veggies and fruits, instead of these over-advertised junk food products.