J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted July 31, 2011

Published in Health

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Obesity, diabetes -- still getting worse, with no end in sight...

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WASHINGTON (AP) — In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one does. (July 7, 2011)

No obesity in this house; my co-writer and Lisa heading out for a 50 mile bike ride on Sunday morning -- 4-Leaf poster kids for sure

While visiting my son's family in Massachusetts over the weekend, I read an AP article in the local paper about obesity, particularly in the state of MA. From the article:

An annual obesity report by two public health groups looked for the first time at state-by-state statistics over the last two decades. The state that has the lowest obesity rate now — Colorado, with 19.8 percent of adults considered obese — would have had the highest rate in 1995.

That bears repeating. Colorado, the "thinnest" state now at 19.8% obese, would have been the fattest of all states in 1995. The report notes that there are now 12 states with over 30% obesity; just five years ago, there was only one -- my original home state of Mississippi.

But now I live in New England, home of two of the nation's thinnest three states -- Connecticut and Massachusetts. But we're not doing any bragging -- nor are ANY states for that matter. Continue reading this article...

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