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State obesity tops 25%

August 20, 2008


— Kansas has joined the ranks of states with an adult obesity rate higher than 25 percent, according to a new report released on Tuesday.

According to the "F is for Fat" report issued by Trust for America's Health, Kansas is the 23rd-fattest state, with 25.8 percent of its adult population obese and 62.3 percent either obese or overweight.

Last year, the state's rate was 24.3 percent, putting it 27th nationwide.

"Obesity is probably the largest public health problem facing our country and has the most dramatic impact on the conditions that are driving escalating health care costs," said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America's Health. "We are now at two-thirds of the country overweight or obese. Some forecasts say that within the next decade that will be 75 percent. People are not leading as healthy lives as they could."

Mississippi led the nation with a 31.7 percent obesity rate, one of three states with an obesity rate higher than 30 percent. The other two were West Virginia and Alabama.

The report, which uses a three-year average to determine obesity rates, says only 22 states now have obesity rates less than 25 percent - down from 31 states the previous year. Colorado, at 18.4 percent, is the only state with an obesity rate of less than 20 percent.

In 1980, the national average of obese adults was 15 percent; in 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent, the report says.

Rising food costs, bigger portions and a lack of exercise all are blamed for the national increase. Part of the challenge is figuring out how to best fix the problem when government resources are tight, the report said.

State Sen. Jim Barnett, an Emporia Republican who also is a physician, said that while things such as school lunches can be addressed by state government, the adult obesity problem is more a matter of personal responsibility.

"We know there's a problem. We don't know how to approach the problem," Barnett said. "It raises the question of how much can you legislate behavior and diet in a population."

A proponent of bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery, Barnett introduced a measure last year in the Senate to study the cost-effectiveness of the procedure. He said he is optimistic that over time it will become more common and covered by insurance.


acoupstick 9 years, 7 months ago

"Colorado is full of spoiled kids from california and illegal mexicans."Another classy post by invictus. Nice.

Daytrader23 9 years, 7 months ago

whole road. they should have and edit option for those of us who type fast and post then proofread. lol

Daytrader23 9 years, 7 months ago

Rising food costs, bigger portions and a lack of exercise all are blamed for the national increase. Part of the challenge is figuring out how to best fix the problem when government resources are tight, the report said.How about eat less, exercise more. And does the gov't need to get involved in this? No they don't. However if fat people are on welfare then that would raise the cost of health care so the answer would be to reduce their monthly checks to just $5 more than what they pay for rent. That will thin them up. LOL

Daytrader23 9 years, 7 months ago

Don't mess with a cyclist from Colorado, not only do we have legs that can kick like a mule from climbing mountains but we can take slams on sharp jagged rocks, dust ourselves off, bandage the blood and keep going. Rocks and boulders are a lot harder than side mirrors. I've heard some cyclist jumping onto the car that tried to clip them then pull them out of the car and............. cyclists don't get clipped in Colorado anymore. Also most of the population is smarter than that.

ramsrevenge 9 years, 7 months ago

"id say most of you resemble this guy."as hes typing...I'm 22 years old, athletic trimmed body, dark curly locks, very little facial hair...

igby 9 years, 7 months ago

The kids are such couch potatoes and computer addicts nowadays. None of then knows how to work!

Byrne 9 years, 7 months ago

I'd agree that you can't and should not legislate people's choices, but the federal government at least does effect what foods are cheapest through the Farm Bill. There's a serious amount of money at stake there.

samsnewplace 9 years, 7 months ago

Well I can see compassion for fellow man/woman just went out the window....if you are heavy, don't stop in Lawrence.

zzgoeb 9 years, 7 months ago

As long as food retailers drive the market with "super sized" meals and bigger is better, with bacon, this will continue. Avoid these sellers, and tell them you won't be back until they add healthy choices and less grease! Parents need to set an example for their kids by their behavior, and by teaching kids to eat right an be active. Go outside and play catch or frisbee...go for a hike or a bike ride!!! And corporate America, look at something other than the board's stock dividends to guide you business!!!

Daytrader23 9 years, 7 months ago

toe (Anonymous) says:I noticed the other day that bicycle seats were getting to the be size of tractor seats.-----------------------------------I just fell out of my chair, LMAO Thanks for a good laugh.

KEITHMILES05 9 years, 7 months ago

The entire US is getting fatter by the year. That's just life.

tvc 9 years, 7 months ago

Rams, I am nice and fit because I ride my bike on your road. :P

Richard Heckler 9 years, 7 months ago

Diet is a good thing for discussion however why not discuss the importance of strong stomach muscles. It's about far more than being body beautiful. Education is the key. Suggest "not fancy" items for home work out that work and will not break the bank. Strong stomach are necessary for lifting, walking,good sex and/or climbing stairs. Don't care to join a health club? participating in everyday activities and sports, strong stomach muscles enable you to move more freely as you will be able to control your midsection. If you have to twist or bend in an awkward position, since you will have more control, it will be less likely that you move off balance or wind up in pain.About Walking:For over a decade, exercise walking has been ranked the #1 participation activity in America as surveyed by the National Sporting Goods Association. Walkers outnumber runners by more than 3:1 and walking is one of the most accessible and enjoyable ways to get into shape.Quick Facts on Walkers:¢ Walkers outnumber runners by more that 3:1¢ There are approximately 500,000 fitness walkers in the Portland area¢ Walking is ranked as the #1 fitness activity in America and growing fast¢ Walking is one of the most accessible ways to get in shape and a stepping stone to other fitness activities

jaywalker 9 years, 7 months ago

25%???!! Yeah, right! It's a lot more than that, pun intended.

Daytrader23 9 years, 7 months ago

Here's to you Colorado, The only state where people are active, eat right and are just down right sexy. (Love them ski bunnies) Sorry but fat rolling over your jeans is disgusting. Please stop this trend.And please get up off the couch and do something.

Daytrader23 9 years, 7 months ago

kubacker (Anonymous) says:Daytrader23 - This ain't Colorado! If you consistently take up a full car lane around here one of these days/nights they'll be pulling you out of someone's grill instead of you pulling someone out of a car.-------------------------------------Its a two way road so to speak. I agree that they should not take up the hole road but having a car driver who purposely clips cyclists is more unacceptable of the two.

tvc 9 years, 7 months ago

I will be on the look out for the great Wanker!

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