Fat, Dumb, and…
The fine folks at Freakonomics posted this scary item: “The results of a new study… forecasts that by 2030, there will be an additional 65 million obese adults living in the U. S., …bring[ing] the U.S. obese population [to] roughly half the population.” They say that the additional cost of treating preventable diseases that accompany obesity (diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer) will be between $48 billion and $64 billion each year.
They also included this graphic, showing the “fattest” states in brown:
Other facts about the 9 “fattest” states:
- All 9 are in the top 11 in terms of percentage of population living in poverty
- They rank 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 14, 20, and 28 in terms of infant mortality rate
- All 9 receive more in federal expenditures than they pay in federal taxes
- All 9 are among the 11 states with the lowest percentage of high school graduates, except Oklahoma (16th lowest)
- All 9 are among the 9 states with the lowest percentages of college graduates, except South Carolina (12th lowest).
- All 9 were in the top 16 in terms of 2008 vote percentage for John McCain