Georgia doubles number of fat people

Americans aren’t tightening their belts amid these difficult economic times, they’re just buying sweat pants.

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Even our pets are portly.

“Twelve states now have obesity rates above 30 percent. Four years ago, only one state was above 30 percent,” states a report entitled “F as in Fat” by Trust for America’s Health.

Further evidence that Southern moms cook best: “The obesity epidemic continues to be most dramatic in the South, which includes nine of the 10 states with the highest adult obesity rates.”

Georgia adults are fairly slim compared to our Deep (Fried) South brethren, we’re ranked No. 17 with 28.7 percent of us considered obese, or 30 pounds or more overweight.

We used to be a lot healthier: “Fifteen years ago, Georgia had an obesity rate of 13.8 percent and was ranked 34th most obese state in the nation. The obesity rate in Georgia doubled over the last 15 years.”

“Diabetes rates have doubled in ten states including Georgia in the past 15 years. In 1995, Georgia had a diabetes rate of 4.2 percent. Now the diabetes rate is 9.7 percent.”

I blame the children, who I’ve seen put Coca-Cola in their breakfast cereal and sit on the couch playing video games instead of learning a decent changeup or even a palmball.

Or is it the parents?

Here’s some more interesting tidbits from the report:

  • Nearly 33 percent of adults who did not graduate high school in Georgia are obese compared with 21.5 percent of adults who graduated from college or a technical college.
  • More than 33 percent of adults who earn less than $15,000 per year in Georgia were obese compared with 24.6 percent of adults who earn $50,000 or more per year.
  • 21.3 percent of children and adolescents (ages 10 – 17) in Georgia are considered obese, second only to Mississippi.
  • In 1995, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Now, all but one, Colorado, does.

Top 10 most obese states:

1. Mississippi (34.4%)

2. Alabama (32.3%)

3. West Virginia (32.2%)

4. Tennessee (31.9%)

5. Louisiana (31.6%)

6. Kentucky (31.5%)

7. Oklahoma (31.4%)

8. South Carolina (30.9%)

9. Arkansas (30.6%)

10. Michigan (30.5%)

43 comments Add your comment

Fatty

July 7th, 2011
1:03 pm

GT Alum

July 7th, 2011
1:26 pm

Although fried foods receive a large share of the blame, especially for Southern obesity, I’m more and more convinced that sugar (including high fructose corn syrup) is the primary culprit. I have a close friend who is both obese and diabetic, and yet recently ate two slices of cheesecake and drank a chocolate shake for dinner! When even dire health consequences aren’t enough to cause a change in behavior, I’m afraid we’re in for a healthcare crisis within the next 15-20 years.

DB

July 7th, 2011
1:31 pm

Why do all these fat people move to Georgia ?

Vince...Suwanee

July 7th, 2011
1:34 pm

Hmmm…..And I’m hungry now.

DamnAnimalLovers

July 7th, 2011
1:37 pm

We’re definitely in for a HEALTH CARE CRISIS in the near future… Hence, Obamacare trying to right the ship before we BLOAT away. lol

Dorcas Campos

July 7th, 2011
2:01 pm

Hi my name is Dorcas Campos and I would like to bring awareness to Atlanta Georgia about obesity. I want to have a walk-athon event to bring awareness. However, I don’t know where to begin. Can you help me with some tips. I was obese myself and have lost much weight and want to help others do the same. Especially knowing that obseity is a killer among many. Please help!!!
Hope to hear from you!
Thank You
Dorcas Campos

Ivan

July 7th, 2011
2:04 pm

If you want your kids to avoid obesity make these changes in your behavior now for your kids sake. Stop eating half the fried foods you eat now. Get your children to play for just half an hour a day. Yes I know it’s hot. Start cutting back on TV, video games, computer games, etc, an hour a day. If you can’t make these changes try to make smaller ones.

Liberal Action

July 7th, 2011
2:06 pm

Hell yeah, we’re Americans. We can import illegal ailiens to pick our vegtables while we sit on the couch with unlimited unemployment checks used to purchase more fat.

bob leblah

July 7th, 2011
2:17 pm

It’s not a crisis unless we decide we need to keep these lazy do nothings alive. I say let them eat themselves to death rather than spend billions upon billions of dollars keeping them alive so that they can lay on their couch and rot.

Obama is trying to right the ship? HAHAHAHAHHAHA how? by providing healthcare to everyone without pre-existing condition consideration. So you and I can keep alive a 500 lb loser who will never stop eating and has to be airlifted to a hospital.

larry

July 7th, 2011
2:23 pm

They need to do a study to see which state has the lazyiest people.As a whole,Americans in general have become the most useless species on earth.What’s funny is that all eveyone does is complain about everything,nothing improves.
This stigma can be prevented,but being lazy means people do not exercise any precautions.
What’s really funny is that women,once sex objects,now have beer guts like men except they are called muffin tops.

John

July 7th, 2011
2:29 pm

Charge for health insurance by the pound.

Bigman

July 7th, 2011
2:33 pm

I’m no Johnny-Come-Lately to this party! I’ve been fat for years and living in Georgia. Bandwagon-ers.

ha!

July 7th, 2011
2:54 pm

John – I love your idea!!!

stevo

July 7th, 2011
3:04 pm

fat is phat, y’all

blob lablah

July 7th, 2011
3:18 pm

South on the top!!. Also, what they are not mentioning is the race. I bet blacks will dominate all, but maybe WV, and MI. But we’d prefer not to open this can of worms, wouldn’t we! Bottom line – anytime I go to mcd (once a month), out of 20 people 18 of them are black.And what is uncle Sam’s take on this? “Let them “enjoy” and die early, so we save on unpaid benefits!” “We, the people, for the people”!

42-34 Dawgs All Year Long

July 7th, 2011
3:21 pm

I blame Paul Johnson and his high school gimmicky offense!

Tom

July 7th, 2011
3:23 pm

If you want to see why a family is fat, check out their grocery cart. It’s a amazing to see a shopper go through the bakery section & skip right over the fresh fruits & veggies and head for the processed foods in the middle aisles. I guarantee if the cart is loaded with donuts, soda, snacks, frozen dinners & processed foods there will be a tubby behind it waddling along.

jesse

July 7th, 2011
3:25 pm

hey bob leblah it aint a coincedence that the poverty stricken are prone to being obese….its because the cheapest foods have way more sodium, sugars,saturated fats,than conventional made from scratch meals…!!as well as;many various chemical additives”preservatives” that are linked to thyroid and liver disorders ….two body structures that contribute greatly to the bodys ability to metabolize fat and signal hunger!!! ESPECIALLY FAST FOOD….(MCDONALDS,JACK IN THE CRACK,WENDY

Cujo Bendi

July 7th, 2011
3:26 pm

People in Georgia not only refuse to WALK or BIKE anywhere (Mostly you people that live in the suburbs and rural areas) but they also drink soda all the dang time! Drink more water, watch less TV, buy a bicycle and ride it to the convenient store or Wal-Mart instead of piling up in the Mini-Van! Quit buying processed foods! Stop eating so much white bread! DUH!

Ezra

July 7th, 2011
3:31 pm

Here comes the health police! Why dont you let people live free and die? You people are such socialist. Go to Europe!

jesse

July 7th, 2011
3:35 pm

BY THE WAY….THINK OF ALL THE PROFITS THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY GAINS WHEN AMERICANS ARE GIVEN VARIOUS PILLS THRU THEIR DOCTOR TO TREAT A LIST OF SYMPTOMS BROUGHT ON FROM OVER INDULGING IN FAST FOOD AND LACK OF EXCERCISE……HYPERTENSION IS NOW COMMON IN MOST THIRTYSUMTHINGS,AS WELL AS FATTY LIVER……A PRECURSER TO CIRRHOSIS

Ezra

July 7th, 2011
3:36 pm

Wow! You people are socialist to the bone! Its a free country unless someone is different than they way YOU want them to be. I do not need you to look after me nor do I solicit your advice or care. Go live you life until you croak as a bunch of skin and bones at what ever age and let these Americans live free–especially from you!

health freak

July 7th, 2011
3:40 pm

@jesse – I agree w/ you. BTW – Speaking of Wendy’s have you heard their recent commercial? It says ” It’s not fast food, it’s Wendys”! They have a nerve! What a blatant and open lie! And I bet these advertising gurus make millions on that!

Ezra

July 7th, 2011
3:40 pm

Wow! You people are socialist to the bone!

Its a free country unless someone is different than they way YOU want them to be. I do not need you to look after me nor do I solicit your advice or care.

Go live you life until you croak as a bunch of skin and bones at what ever age and let these Americans live free–especially from you!

Eat me

July 7th, 2011
3:46 pm

The FDA and other government food policy authors are themselves to blame. By subsidizing corn and monoculture, they are making these empty calorie foods the only ones that some can afford to eat. Additionally, catering to the lobbyists and a dearth of real education about nutrition have only made this downward spiral a trend that will continue.
Watch Food Inc., read some Michael Pollan, and find out where your food comes from. I guarantee it will change they way you eat on a daily basis causing you to feel better and possibly keeping you from becoming an overweight statistic.

jesse

July 7th, 2011
3:58 pm

HEY EZRA ,,,I DONT CARE ABOUT ANYBODY ELSES HEALTH DECISION OTHER THEN MYSELF AND FAMILY,,,BUT I FIND IT EXTREMELY FRUSTRATING WHEN IM GIVEN A CHOICE OF BUYING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FRUIT AND VEGETABLES( LOADED WITH FUNGICIDES AND PESTICIDES…).OR THE FRUIT BARS WITH WAY MORE INGREDIENTS THAN I CAN PRONOUNCE OR EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY ARE.OR THE CORN FED BEEF( INJECTED WITH SODIUM NITRATES AND PHOSPHATES/HORMONES/STEROIDS)WITCH IS ALLTHE LOCAL (WALMARTS/COSTCOS/ALBERTSONS/RANDALLS) GROCERS OFFER…..DO SOME RESEARCH ..CHECK OUT THE INGREDIENTS AT THE LOCAL FAST FOOD JOINT…..EVEN THE CHICKEN SALADS ARE GLAZED WITH CHEMICALS FOUND IN THE ANTIFREEZE OF A CAR

jesse

July 7th, 2011
3:59 pm

I COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER MY SELF…@EAT ME

Snafu

July 7th, 2011
4:09 pm

Does the AJC really read their own headlines? “Georgia doubles number of fat people”??? What did they get them from other states? Did they get a new shipment of fatties or what? Did they split the fatties in half to make two fatties? Come on AJC how about the “Georgia’s Obesity Rates Have Increased”, or ” The Obesity Rate in Georgia is Increasing.”

deegee

July 7th, 2011
4:36 pm

It’s never too late to realize a benefit from a diet and exercise program. I know a 79 year old woman that has recently lost 16 pounds and reduced her cholesterol count by 60 points. She has a number of health issues but she started watching her calories and walking because she didn’t want to take cholesterol medication. If she can do it anyone can do it.

dirtyhippy

July 7th, 2011
4:45 pm

it would be interesting if this data could be broken down more by city…someone said before that all the fat people live in the burbs and I bet some of the suburbs are not as fat as you ITP people think. we do have greenways, trails, parks, golf courses and health clubs all over the place in the burbs. people in north fulton tend to be extremely health conscious. i have seen several fast food /chain restaurants go out of business here (sonic, joes crab shack, etc) while whole foods, trader joes and natural food stores thrive. so if you are down to get in a fitness competition with us OTPers, bring it.

Old Geezer

July 7th, 2011
6:08 pm

There’s no reason why we can’t work a little harder and rank in the top 10 of obese states next year. Fat, dumb and 17th is no way to go through life.

TjAtl

July 7th, 2011
6:09 pm

Caution, Wide Load

July 7th, 2011
6:46 pm

Just watch, once we reach a critical mass (pun intended) of fat people they’ll demand special rights and priveleges to validate their fatness, maybe even their own national holiday. If there’s any good news in this it’s that most of them will die earlier than the rest of us.

Old Geezer

July 7th, 2011
7:31 pm

As a potential pallbearer, the mortality rate of the fatties concerns me.

Paul w

July 7th, 2011
7:37 pm

Hey that is my cat. He has since passed but the photo was for a fund raiser for the Cherokee Firefighters Burn Unit

Heather Holtslander

July 7th, 2011
7:42 pm

“Americans aren’t tightening their belts amid these difficult economic times. . .”

This statement can only be made in a situation where good, healthy food is less expensive than crappy, sugar-laden food. Unfortunately, good food IS more expensive, so in tough economic times, more people are having to turn to highly processed, cheaper foods that are not healthy and more easily lead to obesity.

Blimpy

July 11th, 2011
7:23 pm

What role does race play in the figures? In other words, give data for white, African-American and Hispanic. Is one race more prone to obesity? Maybe its like the SAT scores…states with very few minorities score very high while southern states are held down by socio-economic factors.

flfnstf

July 12th, 2011
4:26 pm

You people do nothing but make jokes and denigrate others. Obesity is not simply the result of laziness – eating healthy is expensive. I bet most of the states listed have a large population of low-income and extremely low-income people. This country makes it very affordable to purchase high-fat foods–McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy’s, and so on and so on, but it’s not so affordable to eat fresh vegetables, lean meats, etc.

Pitbull

July 13th, 2011
5:39 pm

Our government subsidizes corn farmers…which in turn produce/process high fructose corn syrup. Corn Syrup is THE killing factor in our foods. This is NOT news….there will be NO changes, not as long as the corporate farmers are making $$$. Lobbyist back these corporations. I expect EVERY STATE to double in a matter of 5 years. Don’t you? Especially with no jobs in sight. Families will be forced to eat the inexpensive overly processed foods more and more. Our sedentary lifestyle is also a contributor.

jay

July 13th, 2011
7:20 pm

It could be that here in GA. they drink lots of SWEET TEA which is unheard of up North (to me anyway).

chaPPy

July 13th, 2011
10:20 pm

No bodies FROM georgia anymore. So they are from elsewhere.

Fat does NOT equal unhealthy. There are a lot of large people no less healthy than the status quo.

The dude who “invented” jogging died in his early 50’s. He wasn’t fat. Nor are many who engage in a lot of sports but buy the farm early. Should we start having articles about sports stars that die young and hating them too?

I’m not fat, but kind of sick of these articles denigrating others.

chaPPy

July 13th, 2011
10:24 pm

appropriate for a southern paper: as andy griffin used to say: eeeeeewwww doggies.

wow, stop writing about fat and write about ugly, Mr. Mathis. You could start with yourself. found you on the interwebz. They can always loose weight…..

rita

July 18th, 2011
7:27 am

Obesity is not simply the result of laziness – eating healthy is expensive….Have a look at this collection of funny looking Fat People Pictures.