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America Fatter Since Recession Began

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28 (UPI) — West Virginia has the highest obesity rate in the United States at 34.3 percent, while Colorado has the lowest at 20 percent, the Gallup poll indicates.

Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, based on 177,237 interviews conducted daily from January through June, uses self-reported height and weight to calculate body mass index scores. A number of 30 or higher is considered obese, Gallup officials say.

The overall national obesity rate of 26.3 percent this year is essentially unchanged from 26.6 percent in 2010, but higher than the 25.5 percent rate in 2008.

This year, states already high for obesity tended to get higher, and states lower in obesity are getting lower, the survey indicates.

The states with the highest rates of obesity continue to be clustered in the South and the Midwest, as in past years, while western and northeastern states continue to have the lowest levels of obesity.

The telephone survey has a margin of error of 0.2 percentage points, but the margin of error of most states is 1 percentage points to 2 percentage points, but can be as high as 4 percentage points for smaller states such as Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Hawaii.

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    This isn’t exactly earth-shaking news. As long as four conditions continue to exist [1) silence and incompetence from the AMA herd, 2) unhealthy diets across the nation, 3) arrogance and greed at the FDA and 4) America's ten ton pig, Big Pharma, where money is more important than lives] the situation will get worse.
    Where are America’s MDs? Is America so dumbed-down that millions of people don’t care about what they eat/drink? How long can MDs keep silent about unnatural, dangerous sweeteners? what has to be done to FORCE the FDA to enforce the LAW? How can people be so stupid concerning Big Pharma’s role in getting and keeping us sick?
    If I was a betting type, I’d bet on Uncle Scam and the usual list of suspects. The deck is stacked, and we’re expected to pay for it with our money AND our lives.

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