Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Back to the Land of the Lean

I just took a vacation in Iowa, the land of my birth.  Although I am right at a BMI value of 30, the official boundary between being overweight and being obese (shame on me!), I flattered myself that I appeared relatively fit compared with many Iowans my age.  According to a 2010 study by the Centers for Disease Control, more than 28% percent of Iowa adults are obese.  In my age bracket, I would guess that the obesity rate is pushing 40%. 

Colorado has the lowest adult obesity rate of all the states, a mere 21%.  (In relative terms, this is something to boast about.  In absolute terms, this is dreadful.  In 1992, Colorado's obesity rate was below 10%.)

For the sake of motivation, it's probably better to be an embarrassed fat man in Colorado than a complacent fat man in Iowa.

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