Tenn. ranks high in adult, child obesity

I’m posting this report to both my blogs this morning. I feel that it relates to The Earth is Not a Trash Can because of the large amounts of fast food litter I find in the streets. How many calories does a 32-ounce soda really have? It relates to Life in ObamaNation because of the health care issue. I support affordable health care for all, but I believe that some responsibility should be placed on the individual to take care of her health. And it is hard to eat correctly with way food is manufactured in our country (Food, Inc.). We need to make some major lifestyles changes. Please eat locally grown whole foods, exercise and please, don’t litter. And I don’t agree that obesity is a genetic condition.

By Chris Echegaray • THE TENNESSEAN • July 2, 2009

    State health officials say Tennessee is making progress in fighting fat, but a report released Wednesday still ranked the state fourth in the nation for its percentage of obese adults.

    The report from Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed 30.2 percent of Tennessee adults are obese. It also ranked the state fifth for childhood obesity, with 36.5 percent of youth ages 10-17 in that category.

    Tennesseans have to get up from their desks for some physical activity, said Pam Davis, director of the Centennial Center for the Treatment of Obesity in Nashville.

    They must stop rewarding themselves with food, she said.

    “There’s a lot that can be done to fight this, and it starts with us as individuals,” Davis said. “I really think the state needs to see obesity as a chronic, multifactorial disease that has a genetic component.”

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      I fully agree with you on affordable healthcare for those that do not have it! I use to work in the medical field before working full time on the internet. Great article!

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      geetha said,

      Agreed, obesity is not a disease unless lack of education and self- control are considered health conditions. With that being said, parents are fighting an uphill battle against the fast food industry’s influence over the eating habits of our kids.

      It’s crucial that we start incorporating dietary education into school curriculum while working within our communities to organize sports groups, petition political leaders to end their support for corn subsidies and campaign for the implementation of fast food free school zones.

      Please check out http://www.valuethemeal.org for more information regarding the political and corporate climate associated with the fast food industry.

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