Friday, June 1, 2012

Wisconsin's Death Rate Down, Obesity Is Up

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A recent UW-Madison report indicates that while the death rate in Wisconsin has declined, obesity rates are rising.  According to the study, in 2010, 26.9 percent of Wisconsin adults reported a body mass index of 30 or more (which equates to someone 5 foot 8 inches and weighing 200 pounds).

The article reports the findings, but is nearly void of any discussion of why or what to do.  As we enjoy the lovely summer days of Wisconsin living, I pause and wonder, what can we as a society do to reverse this trend?  Is poverty at the core?  I highly doubt it.  I suspect environmental conditions across socio-economic boundaries play a huge factor.

In my house we attempt to use foot and pedal power as much as possible.  We also limit our intake of sugary and highly processed foods.  Even with that, I find it hard to keep the pounds off each year.  What about you?  What do you do to work against this alarming trend?

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