Saturday, December 04, 2004

Packin' It On

Frontline has an interesting (aren't they all?) episode on obesity in America which I've been watching for the past hour or so. They point to this CDC page and PowerPoint presentation that illustrates U.S. obesity trends from 1985 to 2003.

It's remarkable to watch the slideshow as the years roll by. It's sort of a "red state / blue state" thing, but in this case as states move from white to blue to yellow to red, they don't get more negative toward gay marriage. Rather, their percent of population with a Body Mass Index greater than 30 (roughly 30 pounds overweight for a 5'4" woman) increases from 0 to over 25%.

Indiana, W. Virginia, Alabama, and Mississippi are already red (regardless of how they voted), and most of the Midwest and east is close behind. Grits, anyone? Check your BMI here.


At 11:35 AM, Blogger Nettie said...

Interesting concept!

At 6:02 AM, Blogger Bellicose Woman said...

My BMI is low normal... (19.1). So there.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Everett said...

Bellicose, yes. Big, no. I dream of 19.1 ...


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