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    the littlest gator

    People interested in this question might want to take a look at the recent report at healthyamericans.org (PDF). What particularly struck me was a pair of colored maps comparing the states' rates of obesity between 1991 and 2004-2006. In 1991, every state was under 15%, with only 4 exceptions. In 2004-2006, there was no state under 15%. The 2 best states in 2004-2006 fell in the same range as the 4 worst states in 1991!

    I think this epidemic is a little like global warming as an issue. The evidence is there, but the skeptics either refuse to see it, or disagree about the causes, or say that its not amenable to government intervention. In the meantime, people are (and will be) dying.

    Another odd thing that struck me looking at these maps is that there seems to be just a bit of a correlation between political attitudes in the states and the level of obesity. There are obviously some deviations, as for example, Colorado and the other western states, with their prevalence of outdoor activities, tend to be lower in obesity. But the worst states are in the South, and the liberal parts of NE are surprisingly good. Within NE, the bluer states to better than the redder states. Someone who is better at statistics than I am might want to take a look at this.

    I beg to dream and differ from the hollow lies..

    by lesliet on Wed Aug 29, 2007 at 07:37:06 AM PDT

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