What are your opinions on why many of the southern states have a much higher rate of childhood obesity than other states? I read a few of the comments. Many of the people say it's because those states are also the states with the highest level of poverty, but I don't think that is 100% the reason because I grew up in Texas and we didn't have much money but we still managed to put healthy, fresh food on the table. I saw a few people saying it's because fast food is cheaper than healthy foods. That is also not necessarily true because I could go feed my family for $10 at McDonalds (family of 5) but that is not a lot of food for a family, and for that same $10 at the grocery store I could get a whole chicken, bag of potatoes and bag of frozen (not canned) green beans and make a completely healthy meal.Some people say time is the issue, not having enough time to cook at home. That I understand a LITTLE more, but it's pretty easy to throw some stuff in a crock pot in the morning and come home to a stew in the evening too. I think that it's a combination of culture (the south tends more toward heavy, fried, fatty foods and the north tends more towards fresh, local produce and lean meats), and activity levels (a lot of the kids I know now in Texas can't get out to do much in the summer because it's unbearably hot but here in WA kids are out year round playing).
WHat are your opinions?
Answer by justanotherjen at 2:20 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by momofone725 at 3:20 PM on Mar. 5, 2011
Answer by ambr2006 at 8:35 AM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by kyheavensmom at 9:09 AM on Mar. 6, 2011
Some of it is genetic because I am a bigger person but my son is thin and we live in the south.
Answer by bhoward87 at 12:10 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by SnapdragonSMT at 4:44 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by mom2aspclboy at 5:27 PM on Mar. 6, 2011
Answer by KennsWifey at 1:56 PM on Mar. 7, 2011