Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Massachusetts the skinniest state

"Massachusetts has the 50th highest rate of adult obesity at 19.8 percent and the 27th highest rate of overweight youths (ages 10-17) at 13.6 percent in the nation, according to a new report by Trust for America's Health (TFAH)."

According to a report in yesterday's Boston Herald, which inaccurately reported that Massachusetts ranked second to last in the country, residents in Massachusetts tend to be better educated, live in walkable communities, and have a quality over quantity approach to dining.

Maybe it's also because it's so damn expensive to live here that we have to choose between eating and paying for rent. Or maybe it's because we drive ourselves so hard that by the time we get home we're so damn tired that we eat what I did last night, a bowl of cereal and two bottles of beer, playing the guitar, watching the Sox.

1 comment:

Ana said...

Massachusetts is considering following New York City's lead and banning restaurants from serving artery-clogging artificial trans fats -- a move some lovers of greasy food are giving a thumbs-down.More than 25 percent of adults are obese in 28 states, which is an increase from 19 states last year. More than 20 percent of adults are obese in every state except Colorado. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. In 1980, the national average of obese adults was 15 percent. Now, an estimated two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, and an estimated 23 million children are either overweight or obese
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