MSN has posted an interactive map highlighting the alarming rise in obesity rates in the United States.
Part of the problem is that American society is arranged in such a way that it's very difficult to be physically active and very easy to be sedentary and to eat a lot of crappy processed food. When you live in the middle of sprawl need a car to get anywhere, and have a two hour commute, how are you supposed to find time to exercise, prepare healthy home cooked meals, get enough sleep (lack of sleep encourages obesity), and so on?
Kids growing up in this environment have it the worst, because they aren't even aware that different lifestyles are possible - and indeed, they're not possible in suburbs and exurbs.
Notice that the biggest gains in obesity seem to be correlated geographically with the fastest growing suburbs of the new American south.
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