Just 20 years.

Via on Aug 27, 2010


Update: “The Thinnest state in America this year is fatter than the fattest state was in 1995. (gallup.com)”

Obesity is now one of Americans’ top health concerns — surpassing smoking and alcohol…the economic impact to the U.S. carries a heavy cost — the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity alone costs about $147 billion annually.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, the government implemented a $15 billion Prevention and Public Health Fund in 2010 to invest in prevention programs — ranging from obesity to smoking cessation — to prevent disease and illness among Americans. Measures like this and other actions leaders and individuals can take in the years ahead may ultimately serve to curb the nation’s obesity problem.


“The destiny of nations depends on the manner in which they are fed.” ~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

US Obesity, State by State.

The fittest state in the nation, Colorado, would have at its current rates of obesity be the fattest state in the US only 20 years ago. This is (d)evolution—before our eyes.

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  8. Gordon says:

    You guys need to go back to math class!! Back in 97' there were three states in the 20-24% range. Colorado is now at 15-19%.When I went to school 19 was less than 24!! That would make it the fourth fattest state 20 years ago!

    • kmacku says:

      It's currently 2012. Were Colorado at its obesity rate it is today, in 1992 (or, 20 years ago) it would have been of the most obese states in the union. The point stands.

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  10. Paul says:

    It's the same old story. Everybody thinks they are right and whomever is different for whatever reason is less than. I am not overweight but you are, so you are less than I am. I have a BMW and you don't, so you are less than I am. I practice yoga and you don't, so you are less than I am. I care about something and you don't, so you are less than I am. How is it that "enlightened" people profess to follow a path and everybody is on their own path, except if you're obese…..then you're path is wrong. Or your path is basketball, and mine is yoga, and well, clearly we all know that yoga is a MUCH better path than basketball. Or I prefer salad and you prefer Doritos, and well, obviouslyTHAT'S WRONG. So continue on your journey, but don't deviate too far from mine, because my journey is correct, and not only that, my journey is correct for YOU. My own opinion would be to let them drink their soda. In fact, if you analyze their life, I'm sure you can find lots of things more wrong than just that.

    • Bridget says:

      There is nothing in the presentation of demographic data that inherently suggests "and these people are thus lesser". Are there people who are judgmental toward those who are overweight or obese? Most certainly. Is this unfair and not about who those people truly are? Also yes. But that's not what's happening here. The statistical fact is that rates of obesity have jumped rapidly over the past few decades, and this article presents that information in a visually striking way.

      Hiding from a problem– or assuming that those who bring it up do so out of judgment or spite– does not eliminate it. And it IS a problem that vast numbers of Americans are at serious health risk due to excess weight and the strain it puts on their organs. Conflating "fat bias" with public health concerns only serves to exacerbate the problem.

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