Ohio Falls to 13th Fattest State, Still Fatter Than Before

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Jimmy Dimora is really not helping our average at all.
  • Jimmy Dimora is really not helping our average at all.

The hotbed of obesity that is the Rust Belt continues to pack on the pounds, even if it's at a slower pace than some of the other unhealthy regions of the country.

Congratulations, Ohio, you are the 13th fattest state in the nation. Sure, that's better than the 10th spot you claimed last year, but you didn't lose any weight. You gained more, just slightly less than others.

That according to a report entitled "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Turns out pierogies, hot dogs, fast food and all that bakery from the West Side Market makes you fat. Who knew? Just imagine if the market was open seven days a week.


Now, 29 percent of your adults are obese, up from 28.6 percent last year.

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Here's something else you should know, Ohio.

When it comes to diabetes, you're in the Top 10. You tied for ninth place, with Texas and Georgia. Now, 9.8 percent of your adults are diabetic.

This is costing you a fortune. The bill, statewide is more than $3.3 billion a year, according to the National Council of State Legislators.

All that and your lawmakers are just now getting around to making changes many other states already have made to help your children stay healthy.

Put down the Double Downs, Ohio. Or not. They are quite delicious.

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