Friday, July 18, 2008

CDC Report: 1 in 4 U.S. Adults Now Obese

The South tips the scales again as the nation's fattest region, according to a new government survey.
More than 30 percent of adults in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee are considered obese. In part, experts blame Southern eating habits, poverty and demographic groups that have higher obesity rates.
Colorado was the least obese, with about 19 percent fitting that category in a random telephone survey done last year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 2007 findings are similar to results from the same survey the three previous years. Mississippi has had the highest obesity rate every year since 2004. But Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Louisiana have also clustered near the top of the list, often so close that the difference between their rates and Mississippi's may not be statistically significant.
The South has had high death rates from heart disease and stroke, health risks that have been linked to obesity, some experts noted.
The CDC study only surveyed adults, but results for kids are similar, said Dr. Miriam Vos, assistant professor of pediatrics at Atlanta's Emory School of Medicine.
"Most of the studies of obesity and children show the South has the highest rates as well," Vos said.
Why is the South so heavy? The traditional Southern diet — high in fat and fried food — may be part of the answer, said Dr. William Dietz, who heads CDC's nutrition, physical activity and obesity division.
The South also has a large concentration of rural residents and black women — two groups that tend to have higher obesity rates, he said.
The study found that about 36 percent of black survey participants were obese, while 28.5 percent of Hispanics and 24.5 percent of whites were.

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Joanne Casey said...
We have a little red Henry Hoover at work.
Poor little fella never complains about what we make him eat.
He's always has a smile.

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Farmer creates maze in likeness of Statue of Liberty

Farmer Tom Pearcy cut this maze based on the Statue of Liberty through a field of maize in Yorkshire. It is 10 times the size of the original in New York.
Composed of more than a million living maize plants and covering about 18 acres, is one of the biggest mazes ever constructed.

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Zing! Spoon - A Utensil for Flinging Food

Mothers please look away as we tell your kids, and yes maybe even your husband, of our discovery of the Zing! Spoon. Let's face it, sometimes there is a need to launch your lunch or defend your dinner, and this is the perfect utensil to do it with. The Zing! Spoon is easy to use; simply load up a particularly mushy pea or corn niblet, aim, pull back the spring-loaded handle and watch your food take flight. Caution: Food Fights can leave stains on your walls!

The Story Behind 'Take Me Out To The Ball Game'

In America, baseball is called the national pastime. Organized baseball was well into its glory years before other sports such as football, basketball, hockey and soccer were drawing much of an audience. It is only natural that one of America's most popular sing-along songs relates to the sport.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game' is a simple tune that tells of a girl who wants her beau to take her to a baseball game instead of to another popular spot. The song turns 100 years old this year, and the United States Postal Service has commemorated the event with a beautiful new stamp.
Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowds; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don't care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don't win, it's a shame. For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out, At the old ball game.