Obesity Map

The Department of Health and Services recently published a survey showing the exponential growth of obesity((BMI > 30) in United States. The complete survey can be accessed by clicking here. If you observe the map carefully we can see some pattern.
The southern states seem to suffer from obesity more than the northern states. Also the west coast states are much more healthy than the east coast states. Mississippi and West Virginia had a prevalence of obesity equal to or greater than 30%. Today, obesity has become much bigger problem than smoking in late 70's and 80's (thanks to the cheap crap fast food available). The importance of good health and nutrition should be emphasized in the educational curriculum. The youth today should be well educated and know the ill effects of obesity. I think the influence and family and parents will play a vital role.
Educational institutes play the most important part. For example, there are many fast food restaurants on-campus in the university I study in Ohio. In classroom we study that fast food is bad and when we come outside the classroom we can only see fast food all around. Thus, today we just don't need the educational theory but some practical steps to curb the trend. The active role of educational institutes, government and parents will decide the fitness of the youth tomorrow.

Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults-2006

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