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America’s Ticking Time Bomb Is Getting Worse

OBESITY levels have reached nearly 40 per cent in parts of the United States, a shocking new map reveals.

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The map shows that in nine states – Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and West Virginia – adult obesity is at or above 35 per cent.

But in West Virginia and Mississippi that figure hits 39.5 per cent, according to data from the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Across the whole of the US, only three states have obesity levels under 25 per cent, and none have less than 20 per cent.

Colorado, Hawaii and the Washington are the healthiest.

Obesity costs the United States health care system over $147 billion a year and research has shown it affects work productivity and military readiness, says the CDC.

When she was First Lady, Michelle Obama championed the cause of tackling childhood obesity.

But John Auerbach, president and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health, which fights for action to tackle obesity, said individual campaigns weren’t enough.

‘GETTING WORSE’

“These latest data shout that our national obesity crisis is getting worse,” he said.

“Almost 50 years into the upward curve of obesity rates we haven’t yet found the right mix of programs to stop the epidemic.”

“Isolated programs and calls for lifestyle changes aren’t enough.

“Instead, our report highlights the fundamental changes that are needed in the social and economic conditions that make it challenging for people to eat healthy foods and get sufficient exercise.”

The data comes from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an ongoing telephone interview survey conducted by CDC and state health departments.

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  1. One day – and I don’t think it will be soon – America (and other parts of the world including the UK!) will wake up to the fact that we are generally a self-indulgent, weak, undisciplined, short-sighted mob, who are simply self-destructing.
    PLAIN AND SIMPLE! More especially the so-called ‘grown ups’.
    Parents have abrogated their responsibility to teach their children that if we are to survive, individually and/or collectively, we MUST control ourselves FROM DAY ONE!
    Clear.y this is NOT about to happen in the short term just so long as we gluttonise on Big Macs, Burger Kings and all of the other trash we consume on a daily basis.
    The words Lumps! And Thick! come to mind.
    Social Security and Welfare are probably the worst thing that has happened to the western world.
    PersonL responsibility has ‘flown out of the window’ – and quite frankly WE DO NOT DESERVE THE WONDERFUL WORLD we so gluttonously populate. You all make me sick!

    • Hello Paul….I’m sorry that we all “make you sick.” Maybe there’s another country in the world that would make you feel better. GO TO IT. Relieve us of your nasty critical mindset. The people who ARE doing good in this world will say and do something positive. No one can correct all of the negatives in the world – just each of us work to make what’s around us better. P.S: A happier outlook can do wonders.

    • Sounds as if you live a very self centered and depressive life. Of course there are people that are over weight there are also millions of people with real problems–Such as as wars for all kinds of ridiculous reasons and unsanitary conditions in third world countries. Also,many Americans and wester world people are too lazy to work and want free things which adds to the problems.

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