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Editorial: Obesity rate

Monday, August 20, 2012

A government survey released last week shows Missouri is a big state -- at least when it comes to our weight.

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 30.3 percent of Missourians are obese. Along with Missouri, 11 other states also have an obesity rate of at least 30 percent. This includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.

This is concerning. Being overweight can lead to a number of issues. From an increased risk to heart disease, cancer and diabetes to higher health care costs, these are real concerns.

Losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle comes down to personal responsibility. For some it may be as simple as portion control and starting a moderate exercise program.

This summer the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce again held its Shape Up Cape program. Each week the results appeared on the Health page of this paper.

Shape Up Cape and other efforts that encourage exercise and healthy living are good programs. But we can all choose to get moving. Take the stairs; ride a bike; choose a parking space farther away. For others, you might want to seek the support of a personal trainer. Regardless, it comes down to personal responsibility.

We understand that weight issues vary person to person. Some may have other medical issues, and we encourage you to seek the advice of a doctor before starting a program.

We can all do something to live a healthier life. Now is the time to start that effort.

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Govt. doesn't need to make surveys all the time....just look around Cape!

-- Posted by vietnamvet on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 7:11 AM

The food was changed in the USA, UK and Australia 30 years ago when dangerous food chemicals from the USA was allowed into European. The food today causes stubborn insulin If you have stubborn insulin you hold fat and have a hard time losing weight. You can eat very little and the weight still does not come off. Stubborn insulin will hold fat and diets won't work.

When researchers used a specialized diabetes diet on overweight people all lost weight even those who did not have diabetes.


-- Posted by healthreform on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 9:19 AM

Just go to France. You will almost never see a fat person, either adult or child. If you do see one, it's nearly always a tourist from the U.S.A.

Then go to any Wal-Mart. I did an unofficial, statistically unreliable survey in a Wal-Mart recently, and I saw that over 70% of women there are fat, with about half of the men being fat as well. Wal-Mart has had to buy more of those electric carts for its fat customers to drive around. They're for "the handicapped", but in actuality, they're just about only used by fat people who are too fat to walk around and buy even more fattening food.

It's all about personal responsibility.......I agree, but the astronomical health insurance rates I pay also covers all those fat people who eventually wind up in poor health and seek medical care for their problems. They are costing me a fortune. Fat people, smokers and people who refuse to wear their seat belts (often they're one and the same)are a drain on our economy, because they mostly all wind up in premature bad health.

-- Posted by Raunchy on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 12:33 PM

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