Obesity highest among blacks

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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 another 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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Native007
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Native007 07/16/09 - 02:25 pm
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Jay Leno: How fat are we

Jay Leno: How fat are we America?

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/16/09 - 02:44 pm
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I guess this should explain

I guess this should explain to the person in the rants and raves why there are so many fat people in Augusta.

Lumbarsupport
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Lumbarsupport 07/16/09 - 02:46 pm
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This a clear indication that

This a clear indication that the nationalized health care plan that is being put into place to replace the current system is needed. A clear case of racism with a disperate impact on those of color. This problem will soon be fixed by our government. Work harder, yes we can solve this problem.

Native007
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Native007 07/16/09 - 02:52 pm
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Racism? huh? 24 percent are

Racism? huh? 24 percent are white people!

edwardc
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edwardc 07/16/09 - 02:56 pm
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It has been an eye-opener to

It has been an eye-opener to me when I realized that I eat more if food is salty or sweet. If I leave off the salt, completely, and the sugar, completely, I do not overeat! It's like magic!

andywarhol
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andywarhol 07/16/09 - 03:21 pm
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There is also a direct

There is also a direct relationship between these results and the level of adult education within the groups cited.

mad_max
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mad_max 07/16/09 - 03:30 pm
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This is NOT a clear

This is NOT a clear indication that we need nationalized healthcare. No connection at all. If this indicates anything it is that we should reduce the amount of food stamps and welfare we pass out. We are obviously over nourishing our wards. If someone is fat and paying their own food bill, STFU and mind your own business. Not your concern regardless of what Obama tells you. The REAL problem we have today is with so many do-gooders sticking their nose in someone else's business. I guess pretty soon Obama will be hiring ACORN to put fat spotters out on the street corners who will turn you in the Obama Citizens Police who will take away your soda pop and hamburger ration coupons.

bentman
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bentman 07/16/09 - 03:33 pm
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Blame it on whitey.

Blame it on whitey.

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REDRIDER 07/16/09 - 03:49 pm
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What is Fat,white, black

What is Fat,white, black ,red, and yellow.
America! Racism Does not apply to this. Please

bone
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bone 07/16/09 - 03:51 pm
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i think we've found that

i think we've found that minority achievement statistic we've been looking for (besides crime stats). congrats to the blacks for coming in first on this one - although, as i'm sure will be pointed out, there are still more fat whiteys wearing spandex in the south than there are blacks in all of north america.

Native007
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Native007 07/16/09 - 03:58 pm
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Very bone headed of you bone.

Very bone headed of you bone. You set the south back a few steps evertime you share your "wonderful" opinions.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 07/16/09 - 04:41 pm
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it's a direct result of the

it's a direct result of the sorry, parents who either don't know or don't want to cook regular, healthy food instead just take them to mcdonalds, burger king, churches...etc and this is what you get

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/16/09 - 04:45 pm
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Fried Chicken, fat back,

Fried Chicken, fat back, collards with ham hocks, fried chitlens, and syrupy sweet tea aint exactly health foods.

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Just My Opinion 07/16/09 - 04:58 pm
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I truly believe that it's a

I truly believe that it's a combination of some of the reasons they cited. I think it's partly because people (all colors) will tend to eat cheaper junkfood and fast-food, sit their (or should I say "our") fat butts in front of the TVs, and also we've become more likely to accept having bigger waistlines. For an example of the waistline thing, I saw where Wal-Mart sells pants that have a special elastic waistband that will stretch, thereby giving the wearer a little extra "scooch" room if you have alittle too much to eat!

bone
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bone 07/16/09 - 05:04 pm
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aren't you the "picture is

aren't you the "picture is worth a thousand words" person, native? sorry if calling it like i read 'em bothers your sensitivities ;) as i said, though, big whiteys with poor fashion sense seem especially prevalent around here; maybe the chunky black folks are just sittin' home more often when i'm out & about...

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jaschild 07/16/09 - 05:05 pm
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i'm with hill guy. and since

i'm with hill guy. and since when did having exercise equipment come into play? get out there and WORK and quit with the popeyes and bo jangles.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/16/09 - 06:56 pm
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Has anyone seen that new

Has anyone seen that new Popeyes commercial? I'm surprised the NAACP hasn't jumped all over that thing. It is one racial steretype after another.

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Pu239 07/16/09 - 07:02 pm
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NEWS FLASH.... 64% of African
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NEWS FLASH.... 64% of African Americans are not Obese.......in a related story 71% of Hispanics and 76% Whites have BMI that rate them as less than obese. (Insert scarasm here.) Breaking News....The fashion police have cornered several large suspects and are waiting to extradite them from Popeye's. Its reported that they have offended the holier than thou crowd. (What a bunch of maroons)

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/16/09 - 07:04 pm
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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 07:31 pm
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That was funny HillGuy. I

That was funny HillGuy. I especially liked the genius with the white coat yelling at the recording coming from the empty building.

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patriciathomas 07/16/09 - 07:57 pm
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Speaking of Popeyes...check

Speaking of Popeyes...check out this Korean Popeyes commercial.http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=2041 ... Talk about racist.

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ladyjanegrey 07/16/09 - 09:15 pm
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come on you guys...remember

come on you guys...remember the rescue efforts in NO..those were the biggest fat folks I ever saw...who claimed to be soooo pooor!...LOL..but some how they waddled to the polls to vote for the pig-master !!!

klsm
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klsm 07/16/09 - 09:39 pm
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Oh you people don't mess with

Oh you people don't mess with FallsChurch ... they probably think Lt. Scott Gay can fix this too! LMAO!

Pu239
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Pu239 07/16/09 - 09:45 pm
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Was Cynthia McKinney there?
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Was Cynthia McKinney there? Where any chickens harmed? BTW can Cynthia catch a ride home on your raft? MOSSAD is really tired of her.

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KSL 07/16/09 - 11:04 pm
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I guess I'm color blind when

I guess I'm color blind when it comes to obesity.

KSL
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KSL 07/16/09 - 11:05 pm
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Try to avoid corn syrup.

Try to avoid corn syrup.

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