Obesity Belt

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September 30, 2013:
Mississippi named fattest state in country. Fight against obesity is nationwide, but may benefit from more empasis on states where a higher percentage of the population is overweight. Read more in the CDC study.

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Health Effects

The obesity belt is more expensive healthwise with more diabetes, heart disease, and other immobility related health issues.

Which states are included in the Obesity Belt?

Also called "Diabetes Belt"

The obesity belt covers parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia. Every county in Mississippi would be construed to be in the obesity belt, whereas only a few in Ohio would have the same distinction. Obviously, the population component would be construed to be having a more sedentary lifestyle, but activity level is more of a factor than race when making this determination. Low levels of education are correlated with obesity, but may not be a cause in and of itself, since there will also be manual laborers with minimal education levels who are remarkably fit. The obesity belt, when visualized across a US map, appears to cover the Southeast US with the exception of some parts of Florida which may have less obesity overall due to the high population of older Americans, who skew the results. Targeting a better obesity prevention plan for this section of the US is critical toward limiting obesity overall, and the good news (if there is any) about reducing obesity in these areas is that it would have a greater impact on weight levels as a whole, and might in turn reduce the costs to health care systems and insurance rates overall. Obesity related problems can include diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, mobility problems, and an overabundance of electric carts at the supermarket.

Notes and Special Information

Special note: Whenever people say we live at a bad time in history, consider that very few other moments in time have been characterized by such abundance and affordability that people have too much to eat. Many of our problems are related to the fact that human bodies are programmed to survive on a near-starvation diet, so any extra nutrients are converted into fats in anticipation of lean times ahead. This is why many native populations experience even more pronounced obesity levels, as they have only recently (historically) experienced the overabundance of the Western diet.