Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Girth of a Nation -- Plus Bonus Link!

In this post on the efficacy of "the health argument" in reducing suffering, I discuss the rise of obesity in the US. Via Matthew Yglesias, the Robert Wood Foundation reports the latest statistics:

Adult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia (D.C.), according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent.

Another statistic: The thinnest state today is fatter than the fattest state in 1991 -- fewer than 20 years ago!

Please also see also this post: Calculating Optimal Advocacy for All Animals.

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