This is week 65 in my series of Shape Up! The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.
Let’s admit it, whenever people thinks about obesity and being overweight, most people tends to turn to people in the south like Alabama and Mississippi. For years now, we have seen story after story saying Mississippi and Alabama are the two fattest states in the country. Yes, there are people down who are obese or overweight. And we tend to love foods that are fried or are very sweet. UAB did a study and the bad publicly about Mississippi and Alabama being the fattest states just might not be true!
UAB’s researchers did a study and they found that people living in the Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri had a higher obesity rate than people living in the southeast including Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and other states. The mid-western states had a obesity rate of 41% compared to the southeastern states that had a obesity rate of 31%! 31% is still not good but at least the south is not the worst in something. So why did people get the reputation that people
living in the south are fat and obese. Simple, because people in the south have good matters and are truthful!
I am not going to say this is a huge victory for people in the south. I mean, 31% obesity is still a very high number! This study really shows the overall picture of obesity in America. And it’s not just a problem with people in the south or people in poverty. The entire country has a major problem with obesity. And it’s going to take a lot of work to reverse the obesity trends in America. People needs to start eating healthier and exercising more. Sometimes being overweight can be caused by genetics. But most of the time, being overweight is caused by someone not taking care of their own bodies. You can view this study at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20451/abstract
So, what did I do in the last week? Since I have been unemployed for 22 months now, I have been only eating one meal a day with a small snack. And my only exercising has involved some walking. I don’t have the money to get a personal trainer or join a gym. I wish I did, because my weight loss has been stuck in neutral. Over the last few weeks I have not noticed any major weight loss or gain. So until I can get some money, my weight loss journey is stuck. If someone would pay me, things would change!
By the way, if you not seen the future plans I want to make for Geek Alabama, click the link! http://geekalabama.com/2013/04/09/geek-alabamas-future-plans/
This is what I ate last week:
Saturday: Popcorn, Pizza, Sweet Tea.
Sunday: Popcorn, Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea
Monday: Popcorn, Chicken Breasts, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.
Tuesday: Popcorn, Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Sweet Tea.
Wednesday: Apple Crisp, Ham Sandwiches, Chips, Sweet Tea.
Thursday: Apple Crisp, Ham Sandwiches, Chips, Sweet Tea.
Friday: Apple Crisp, Pizza, Sweet Tea.
Have a great week everyone!
- Shape Up! – Week 64 (geekalabama.com)
- Do You Live Among the Fattest? (foodfromthegarden.wordpress.com)
- People from the South aren’t the fattest – they’re just more honest (io9.com)
- Study: South Not Fattest Part of United States (wtvy.com)
- The Skinny On The South (dish.andrewsullivan.com)