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Obesity rates STILL on the rise, why?

The new survey shows that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight, even though nearly a third of children and teens are considered obese or overweight. Still, 80 percent of those polled by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and American Viewpoint said childhood obesity is a significant and growing problem.

Obesity in adults is defined as a body mass index of 30 or more, while overweight is a body mass index between 25 and 30.

Mississippi continued its six-year reign as the country's fattest state in the study's yearly rankings, along with the highest rates of physical inactivity and hypertension. The state also has the second highest rate of diabetes.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100629/ap_on_re_us/us_obesity_rankings

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 1:33 PM on Jun. 29, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • People eat too much and exercise too little. That equals weight gain!
    NannyB.

    Answer by NannyB. at 1:47 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • recess cut out of schools
    P.E. being cut out of schools
    kids playing video games instead of playing outside
    convenience foods

    All of that, plus all the people who have been brainwashed into believing eating healthy is more expensive than eating processed crap or fast food. (anyone who wants to argue that point, don't bother, feel free to do a search for the thousands of other answers that explain it in detail). And on top of all that, they are discouraging activity when kids do get to go outside - they ban activities that might lead to falling, contact, in other words, potential lawsuit over scraped knees. And kids don't get to play all day - they have to wait for "playdates" where they can spend an hour getting read to play and a half hour to play, being told to settle down the entire time.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:41 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • recess cut out of schools
    P.E. being cut out of schools
    kids playing video games instead of playing outside
    convenience foods
    DarkFaery131

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 1:36 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • Honey I could have told you about MS without you doing all that googling. I spent 5 miserable years there in 2 different locations and seeing someone weigh over 600lbs at the WalMart was NORMAL.
    Obesity rates are rising because the U.S.government is subsidizing the very foods they tell you not to eat according their own food pyramid and over 90,000 food items on the grocery store shelves contain corn, soy, & beef products in fat form.
    Reading the labels don't mean a thing when the government controls your food sources.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 1:43 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • being healthy is so expensive

    No it isn't. Being healthy is cheap, problem is being lazy is easier.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:42 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • currently there is a huge problem at the grocery store it is CHEAPER to buy crap foods then it is to buy all the ingredients to prepare healthy meals for your family

    Give me $20 and I will give you 2 weeks of healthy meals for your family. I am not the only one who can - there are thousands of others who do the exact same thing. People eat crap because they don't know any better or because they are lazy, not because it's cheaper.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:44 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • I just spent 70 Bucks at the grocery store. (it was an expensive week) I have meals for five for 6 days and a case of diapers.

    I believe the problem starts with the kids meal. The average kids meal has about 7-900 calories in it, what a child should be consuming in a day, and yet I see people BEGGING their kids to eat more of it.

    by forcing our children to eat when they're not hungry, we reset their natural inclination to eat only what they need, and then we allow them to be sedentary on top of it.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:48 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • obesity rates are still rising simply because it takes less effort to eat unhealthy foods than healthy ones. And even hea;thy foods can cause obesity if you are eating massive portions of them.
    rhianna1708

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 1:39 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • processed foods. period. it's all garbage and our bodies don't know what to do with all these "frankenfoods" that are being marketed to our kids!
    all this high fructose corn syrup in the food messes with your hunger hormons, insulin levels and is causing childhood obesity and diabetes to skyrocket.
    back in the day when everyone cooked their own foods we did not have these issues.
    jenniferleah

    Answer by jenniferleah at 1:43 PM on Jun. 29, 2010

  • Because everything is about ease and convenience. A lot of people don't take the time to know what is in their food and they don't take the time to cook good meals. Kids are very lazy, with all the technology we have, they forget about being active.

    Alexsmom04

    Answer by Alexsmom04 at 1:45 PM on Jun. 29, 2010