America You Need To Lose Weight: At Least 1 Out Of Every 5 People Are Obese In All 50 States

Overweight Kids Become Overweight Adults - Public DomainThe United States officially has an obesity crisis.  According to a brand new report that was just released by the Trust for America’s Health, at least one out of every five people meet the clinical definition for obesity in all 50 states.  But of course in some states things are far worse than that.  More than 35 percent of all adults are obese in four states, and the obesity rate is between 30 and 35 percent in 21 other states.  And it is important to keep in mind that just needing to lose weight does not mean that you are obese.  According to the CDC, you have got to have a body mass index of at least 30.0 to meet the clinical definition for obesity.

Each year, the American people spend 60 billion dollars on weight loss programs and products.  That breaks down to about 188 dollars for every man, woman and child in the country.  We are a nation that is absolutely obsessed with losing weight, and yet obesity levels are hovering near all-time record highs.

But some parts of the U.S. are definitely doing better than others.  The following is an excerpt that comes directly from the new report

In 2015, Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. While rates remained steady for most states, they are still high across the board. The 13th annual report found that rates of obesity now exceed 35 percent in four states, are at or above 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. In 1991, no state had a rate above 20 percent.

Did you catch that last part?

I put it in bold for a reason.  To me, it is absolutely incredible that no state in the entire country had an obesity rate of more than 20 percent just 25 years ago.

How is that possible?

How could obesity explode to such a dramatic level in just a couple of decades?

Well, a lot of it has to do with what we eat and drink, and I will have some comments about that below.  But first, let’s take a look at some more statistics from this new report.  It turns out that there seems to be a significant link between obesity and poverty

  • 9 of the 11 states with the highest obesity rates are in the South and 22 of the 25 states with the highest rates of obesity are in the South and Midwest.
  • 10 of the 12 states with the highest rates of diabetes are in the South.
  • American Indian/Alaska Natives have an adult obesity rate of 42.3 percent.
  • Adult obesity rates are at or above 40 percent for Blacks in 14 states.
  • Adult obesity rates are at or above 30 percent in: 40 states and Washington, D.C. for Blacks; 29 states for Latinos; and 16 states for Whites.

The report also noted that it has been estimated that our obesity epidemic costs the United States somewhere between 147 billion dollars and 210 billion dollars every single year.

That is an enormous amount of money, and if we were all a bit healthier it would benefit our society tremendously.

Sadly, as a society we have fallen into some very bad habits.  For example, the new report also found that the number of high school students that play video games for at least 3 hours per day “has increased more than 88 percent since 2003 (from 22.1 to 41.7 percent)”.

When I was in high school, almost all of the kids couldn’t wait to get outside and play after school.  But these days most playgrounds are parks are eerily silent most of the time, and even if kids wanted to go use them the truth is that many of them aren’t very safe.

In the old days, parents could let their kids go outside and play freely without having to worry about it.  But in 2016, many of our communities are infested by addicts, gangs, sex predators, etc.

But that is a topic for another article. Last year, Gallup also did a survey on obesity, and what they found lines up with this new report very well…

-The national rate of obesity has risen to an all-time high of 27.7 percent. That is up from 27.1 percent in 2013, and it is much higher than the 25.5 percent number that we were sitting at in 2008.

-At 19.0 percent, Hawaii has the lowest rate of obesity in the entire country.

-At 35.2 percent, Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the entire country.

-The rest of the top 10 includes West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri.

And remember, being obese is different from being overweight.

According to CNN, an astounding 70 percent of all Americans are overweight at this point.

Let that number sink in for a moment.

70 percent.

So how did this happen?

Well, our addiction to sugar plays a major role in this.  If you were just to make one change to your diet, you could immediately start living a much healthier lifestyle.  What I am talking about is soda.

Many people that have cut all soda out of their diets have immediately started losing weight, and they often report feeling much better too.

Other people have actually decided to completely cut all sugar out of their diets, and needless to say the health benefits have been nothing short of astounding.

If you know me, you know that I like sugar, but I try to keep it at a very reasonable level.  But that is difficult, because sugar is in just about everything.  And if it isn’t sugar, it is some other type of sweetener such as high fructose corn syrup.

There are others that know much more about these things than I do, but I just wanted to share with you a couple common sense things I have learned over the years that can immediately help you if you are interested in a healthier lifestyle.

Another thing that is a huge menace is pork.  All meat is not created equal, and if you eat lots of pork you should know that you are on a highway to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  Pork is one of the most toxic things that humans consume, and once you learn all of the things that pork is infested with you will likely never want to eat it again.

Of course cancer loves sugar too, and so it is no wonder why we have a cancer epidemic in this country.  If you can believe it, Americans spend 100 billion dollars a year on cancer drugs alone.

We are literally digging our own graves with our forks, knives and spoons.  What we eat and what we drink are the biggest reasons why we have an obesity epidemic in this nation, and if we will just take a few common sense steps we could start turning around this crisis tomorrow.

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  • diogenes

    America is fat, but so are the coffers of Coca-Cola, General Foods, the growers of GM corn and manufacturers of fructose, frankenfood advertisers, etc., and the “health industry” (sic) that “treats” (sic) the results of the poisonous diet they peddle. And that’s the point. The greed of the oligarchs rules. Always. And that’s America (2015). Our National Anthem: Oink oink oink oink oink oink, oink oink oink oink oink oink, oink oink oink oink oink oink, oink oink oink-oink oink oink-oink. Etc.

    • Joel W

      Let’s not forget the SJW “body positive, fat acceptance” nonsense. And American’s love affair with highly toxic, nutritionally void wheat, which does exactly nothing but makes one metabolically compromised and throws insulin resistance out of whack. Love your new national anthem by the way. But careful, apparently people are hyper-sensitive these days about the national anthem. You might get a death threat for such blasphemy. haha

  • Carl_Herman

    Michael: you blame the victims. What we’re told is food is not what our bodies call food. Just as we’re sold lies by corporate media, empire by .01% political leaders who call it “freedom,” and debt by banksters calling it “money,” we’re being fattened by the same oligarchs.

    If we got the full truth for informed choices without poisons in food (and all areas of Life), we’d be on a path of health.

    • diogenes

      Not as long as oligarch vampires control the growth, distribution, advertising and sale of food and frankenfoods will “informed choices” be possible for most Americans. Visit a supermarket outside California sometime and see what you find — and in most places the “options” are one supermareket. Even in such a place as Hyde Park, Chicago, home of Rockefeller’s university, unless you want to spend significant travel time, you have one “option” and the “options” available there are, as a local friend described them, “mobbed up”.

  • Charlie Primero

    Snyder is correct. The ONE most beneficial choice anyone can make right now is to stop drinking sweet drinks.

    Huge cost:benefit ratio. Easy to do. No added expense.

    Next step, eliminate sugar hidden in food by avoiding processed foods. Most people are unaware of how much sweetener is added to processed food like yogurt, nutrition bars, and salads.

    This documentary provides an excellent overview of that…

  • tom

    “How could obesity explode to such a dramatic level in just a couple of decades?”

    Ever heard it said that all major government initiatives end up having exactly the opposite results to whatever was intended? Well… it’s just about 40 years since the notorious McGovern Committee determined that Americans were being killed by saturated fat and red meat, and they needed to eat more “healthy whole grains”.

    ‘Dr. Robert Olson recounts an exchange he had with Senator George
    McGovern, in which he said: “I plead in my report and will plead again
    orally here for more research on the problem before we make
    announcements to the American public.” McGovern replied: “Senators don’t
    have the luxury that the research scientist does of waiting until every
    last shred of evidence is in.”’

  • Dec 2, 2012 – I Can’t Believe We Made It

  • teri

    High fructose corn syrup. Made from GMO corn and put into everything from bread to tomato sauce. Addictive. Extremely fattening.

    Also, the foods we eat, the fresh foods, I mean, contain less than 25% of the nutrients they used to. For example, apples have less than 25% of the vitamin C than they did in the 1970’s. This is true for every fruit and vegetable across the board. The single most cited reason is soil depletion; we overuse our soil, stripping it of the nutrients it should be offering to the plants growing in it. We also grow the same crops over and over again on the same soil, rather than rotating crops. Corn grown on a field will suck up certain nutrients and rotating the crop with something else the next year – a crop which would require different nutrients than the corn – would allow the soil to replenish itself of the nutrients the corn used. It also appears that chemical fertilizers do not offer the same benefits as natural fertilizers.

    I won’t get into RoundUp, except to mention that many crops are saturated with the stuff both during the growing season and followed up with a massive dose immediately before harvest. (Look up “crop desiccation”.) RoundUp kills plants; it only stands to reason that this has an adverse affect on nutritional values, not to mention what eating this poison does to the human body.

    I sometimes wonder if Americans are so fat because our bodies are starved of nutrients. Our bodies are trying desperately to get the vitamins and minerals they need to survive: since these are no longer offered in the basic food products in the amounts they used to be, we are compelled to eat ever more food in this effort. I.e., you have to eat 4 apples to get the same amount of vitamin C that one used to provide, etc. (I use apples as an easy example. The same thing, however, applies to all our foods now. And as the body signals its needs by telling you “I’m hungry”, people tend to eat whatever is at hand to satiate this message, not realizing that what they need is actual nutrition, which they are not getting no matter how much they eat of this depleted food.) Eh, it’s just a theory of mine.

  • Feudal Peasant

    If the dire predictions of an economy collapse with food shortages etc come to pass, ironically could the now obese be the last ones standing?

  • Black Swan

    ” The western diet is a delivery system for toxic chemicals used in industrial agriculture. It consists primarily of processed foods based on G.M.O. corn, wheat, soy and sugar. They are consumed in large quantities. Chemical residues of insectacides, fungicides and herbicides like glyphosate contaminate the entire diet.” Samsel Seneff

  • SilverWolf

    “9 of the 11 states with the highest
    obesity rates are in the South and 22 of the 25 states with the highest
    rates of obesity are in the South and Midwest.
    10 of the 12 states with the highest rates of diabetes are in the South.
    American Indian/Alaska Natives have an adult obesity rate of 42.3 percent.
    Adult obesity rates are at or above 40 percent for Blacks in 14 states.
    obesity rates are at or above 30 percent in: 40 states and Washington,
    D.C. for Blacks; 29 states for Latinos; and 16 states for Whites.”

    Again, not only do minorities commit crimes beyond the ratio of their population to the rest of the country but also raise the statistics on weight problems..