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    U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter

    U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter

    U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter

    Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY12:02 a.m. EST December 10, 2014
    Americans got fatter last year and were more slothful too — two closely related outcomes reported in an annual analysis of the USA's health out Wednesday.
    After encouraging improvement in last year's report, this year's data returned to the steady increase in obesity that's marked America's Health Rankings in the 25 years since it was first released.
    The rankings, which are issued annually by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention, is the longest-running state-by-state analysis of the nation's health.
    Hawaii came out on top for the third year in a row. Vermont came in second and Massachusetts was third. Mississippi ranked last, preceded by Arkansas at 49 and Louisiana at 48.
    The obesity rate increased from 27.6% to 29.4% of adults, Nearly a quarter of people report doing no physical activity or exercise in the last 30 days, which may be partly to blame. That number increased from 22.9% in the 2013 report to 23.5% in this year's report.
    Obesity, a leading contributor to death in the USA, has more than doubled over the last 25 years, the report shows. Obesity is also closely tied to chronic, costly diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure, which are bedeviling the health care system.
    Nearly 10% of adults now say they have diabetes, which is more than double the number from 20 years ago when the rankings started tracking the disease.

    "What people are not focusing enough on is that we are producing an extraordinary number of people who are unnecessarily sick," says Reed Tuckson, an Atlanta internist who is senior medical adviser to United Health Foundation. "They are pouring into medical system; it's a total crisis."
    A man rests on a bench on Sept. 4 in Jackson, Miss. Rising numbers of American adults have the most dangerous kind of obesity, belly fat. The latest version of America's Health Rankings show the rate of obesity went up again after a decline in last year's report.(Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, AP)




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    Re: U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter

    Yep, it's been happening for decades, and reflects our minds and our emotional status as a society. I dont foresee it changing anytime soon.
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    Re: U.S. falls behind on exercise, gets fatter

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Yep, it's been happening for decades, and reflects our minds and our emotional status as a society. I dont foresee it changing anytime soon.
    Yet another failing of PPACA which made it illegal for insurance companies to use higher medical care insurance premium rates to provide a financial incentive to reduce obesity. It was deemed to be politically correct to charge more based on age, which cannot be controlled, but not based on obesity, which can be controlled. When we allow politics to trump common sense then we deserve to be called stupid voters.
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
    Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

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