Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Where the Wind Comes Grunting, Sweating and Heaving Down the Plain

Yesteryear's hawks making lazy circles in the sky have become today's people making lazy butt-shaped imprints on their couch cushions:
Oklahoma is again ranked among the 10 fattest states in the country, with its adult obesity rate climbing above 30 percent for the first time ever, according to a national report released Tuesday.

The state’s adult obesity rate ranked sixth-highest, behind Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia and Louisiana.

The percentage of obese adults in Oklahoma was pegged at 30.6 percent, up from 29.5 percent last year.

This was at least the fifth consecutive increase for the state ...
An adult obesity rate just above 30% -- that means if you picked ten random adult Oklahomans from a hat, the hat would have to be super jumbo size, and you'd probably throw your back out long before you got all ten. My home state is not alone in its embrace of obesity, but is crowded uncomfortably alongside other states too cheap to buy two seats and breaking open yet another bag of chips:
Ten of the 11 states with the highest rates of diabetes are in the South, as are the 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension. Oklahoma is among the top 10 for both categories.
The south shall rise again -- but later, after a snack.

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