Inspired by a recent decision from the American Medical Association to start recognizing obesity as a disease, designer Lih Chen created this infographic, mapping the problem state by state.
Quick note for context: the size of the pie charts over each state only indicate the total population size; California and New York aren't trouncing every other state in obesity. The pie charts themselves are broken down by "obese," in purple; "overweight," in orange; and "normal," in blue, determined through data culled from the CDC and census. For those states where the pie chart is too small to read, the bar charts at the bottom show the same distribution, but not plotted by total population, only by proportion.
This shows the data from 2011, when the least obese state was Colorado and the most obese was Alabama. But Chen has posted an interactive version showing rates from 1995 to 2011, which you can check out here.
Since obesity is linked to so many fatal illnesses, it should be made a serious national priority to bring these numbers down. I'm surprised that not one single state seems to have more than 1 out of 2 people that are of a normal weight.
So before 1995 obesity was a rarity and now it's the norm. Possible causes: removal of recess for children, helicopter parents not allowing children out as much, more urban development, simple exponential growth, burst in franchise fast food and other restaurants, rise in gaming by older populations, rise in internet use...
Lot's of possible contributors out there.
Fromt the above chart in general, it seems we do have "FATTY" equility for all!!!!!
A new FDA approve Obesity pill that has huge impacts on diabetes will have an impact.
A new FDA approved diet pill called Belviq just went on the market. People who take Belviq with diet and exercise were 2 times more likely to lose 5% body weight and 3 times more likely to lose 10% body weight than the people who just did diet and exercise alone. The label states that if you do not lose 5% of your body weight in 12 weeks then consider stopping. Those that do respond in 12 weeks go on to lose over 10% of their body weight in one year. Losing 22 pounds for a 220 pound man is life changing. So comments about average weight loss are misleading and incorrect since over 45% of the patients lost a significant amount of weight.
Belviq makes you more likely to succeed because it helps you feel full more quickly, reduces cravings, and helps control "food issues". It is not a 'magic pill', it merely helps people willing to diet and exercise more likely to succeed.
Belviq has a second mode of action to reduce blood sugar which may end up preventing diabetes in many cases. Diabetics and pre-diabetics who took Belviq, regardless of weight loss, saw their blood sugar numbers drop by double digit percentages. IE HbA1c -0.9 to -1.2 and fasting glucose feel -27. The cost of medications to reduce HbA1c levels exceeds the cost of Belviq. (seeArena's BloomDM phase III trial) These reductions in diabetic symptoms plus the weight loss at the same time makes Belviq a medical bargain.
With an estimated 40 million new cases of Diabetes expected over the next 10 years at a cost of over $400 billion per year to the US Health Care System, and the associated heart disease, strokes, blindness and amputations, any tool that will prevent this preventable disease from ballooning is a good tool to have. People who are borderline diabetic may benefit a great deal from Belviq whether they lose a lot of weight or just a little.
Is the true? Can we can see California's lead in the way to death by fat?
Anyone watching hulu's foreign tv and movies would see a umber of insults of fat Americans. Funny how people think it is OK to question smoking and refuse to suggest to their friends and loved ones the need to reduce weight.
Opps, I get the context of the pie.
I took a quick look at the infographic and noted that the index was based on BMI. I thought that the BMI was debunked. I calculated my BMI and it came out to 28, which is "Overwight" in the infographic. I am in the military and have to stay physically fit. I am certain that if I were to try to be in the "Normal" range listed in the infographic I would be unhealthy!
Why is obesity really a concern? Is it because of the added cost to taxpayers from the public system medical care expenses incurred by the obese? Unless you are one of the few remaining US taxpayers, why would you care about the financial impact of obese Americans? Wouldn't the most obvious solution to this "epidemic" be to require those receiving publicly funded health care services to maintain a certain level of BMI?
Is it me or do the red states have higher levels than the blue states? Apparently watching fox really is deadly?
I came for the pie.
bombastinator- Actually, it's just your feeble intellect. The bluest state in the US (California) accounts for 1/3 of all federal welfare and food stamp expenditures, while also having the nation's highest combined tax rates and unemployment rates, and one of the worst per-pupil public school spending/proficiency ratios.
In other words, California has more lazy, fat, stupid, unemployed, welfare-mooching deadbeats than any other state. In spite of the fact that California provides free access to NPR and PBS.