Blacks have highest rate of obesity in U.S.

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ATLANTA --- Nearly 36 percent of black Americans are obese -- much more than other major racial or ethnic groups -- and that gap exists in most states, a new federal study finds.

About 29 percent of Hispanics and 24 percent of whites are obese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Racial differences in obesity rates have been reported before, and health officials were not surprised to see larger proportions of blacks tipping the scales.

But the new CDC report is the first to look at the gap on a state-by-state level, finding blacks had much higher obesity rates in 17 states, and had rates about as high or higher than other groups in an additional two dozen more states.

Health officials believe there are several reasons for the differences. People with lower incomes often have less access to medical care, exercise facilities and more expensive, healthier food. In many places, minorities are disproportionately poor.

But attitudes about weight also are believed to be a factor, said Dr. Liping Pan, a CDC epidemiologist.

"Black and Hispanics are more accepting of high weight," she said, adding that heavy people who are satisfied with their size are not likely to diet or exercise.

Obesity is based on the body mass index, a calculation using height and weight. A 5-foot, 9-inch adult who weighs 203 pounds would have a BMI of 30, which is considered the threshold for obesity.

The data comes from national telephone surveys of hundreds of thousands of Americans in the years 2006 through 2008.

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soldout
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soldout 07/17/09 - 09:19 am
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weight is a choice and the

weight is a choice and the decision is made in the mind. If other factors were important you would find no exceptions among those having those factors. Thin people do what thin people do and fat people do what fat people do and it is all a choice. We all can get into bondage to different things and for some it is food. If depression or emotions are causing you to eat too much then EFT can probably fix that. Christ has set us free and don't let the devil keep you in bondage to anything.

NEone
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NEone 07/17/09 - 10:19 am
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Maybe the devil can't keep

Maybe the devil can't keep you in bondage, but the fried chicken and mac & cheese can.

avesposito
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avesposito 07/17/09 - 01:01 pm
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Wow! Can any article message

Wow! Can any article message board have comments without "Christ is the solution" being part of the response?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/17/09 - 02:51 pm
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avesposito....Augusta is the

avesposito....Augusta is the buckle of the bible belt, what do you expect?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/17/09 - 03:49 pm
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Black people love their fried

Black people love their fried foods and generally do very little exercise.

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corgimom 07/17/09 - 06:49 pm
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The devil doesn't make anyone

The devil doesn't make anyone fat. What an absurd comment.

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