Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wider. Wider. Wider ...

Obesity rates rise for 28 American states according to the Trust for America, Robert Wood Johnson report, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010.”

Here's some of the facts.

  • 38 states have adult obesity rates above 25%.
  • Not a single state had an obesity rate above 20% in 1991. Currently the LOWEST obesity rate is 19.1% in Colorado.
  • The number of states where obesity rates exceed 30% has doubled in the past year
  • Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and West Virginia all have obesity rates above 30%.
  • 12 states reported an increase in number of people who do NO physical activity.
  • 12% of high school students are obese and 15.8% are overweight.
Meanwhile, KFC's Double Down, Wendy's Baconater, Friendly's Burger "sandwiched" by two grilled cheese sandwiches, and Sonic's foot-long chili-cheese coney is now joined by Hardee's foot-long cheeseburger.

From a business perspective, this is really a short-term "gain," right? Once they've killed off all the customers, maybe they'll have to switch to salads.

I really can't wait for this obscene and repulsive trend of excess to die off like the fat-clogged aorta it is. But it will only stop when people stop buying it. Hey, if you can't stop for your own health, how about the environment?

1 comment:

KCNapkins Guy said...

I have to admit, I did purchase a Double Down from KFC... but only to spread the word on how horrific it really was. And it lived down to my expectations.
Gross. I don't know how these places stay in business. ...Well, actually, I do. But it's still hard to grasp.