Not Just a Southern Thing

In Uncategorized on January 26, 2010 at 12:20 am

As a kid, growing up in a rural town, frequenting the place with the golden arch or any other fast food establishment was at best a treat. However, when I went off to college, the temptations, wow the temptations. Fast food on every corner, fast food, fast food, fast food–it was an addiction. Thank goodness that I played basketball in college to keep the weight down, but now looking back, I needed a healthier balance.

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health Mississippi, for the fifth year in a row, is the fattest state in the union. Former Mississippi state health officer, Dr. Ed Thompson, said the information used in the report was “old data rehashed.” But that Mississippi was addressing the “multifaceted problem” by targeting the children.

Some 900 miles away in Prince George’s County, community activist Arthur Turner and Maryland state senator David C. Harrington are tackling the very same issues that Mississippi’s facing–obesity. The duo, “Pointing to studies that rank Prince George’s residents among the least healthy in Maryland, Turner and Harrington want to limit new fast-food restaurants in the county, a far stricter approach than what has been enacted in such places as New York City and Montgomery County, which banned the use of trans fats in those establishments.” Turner stated that “Our county is inundated with unhealthy food choices.”In some areas, if someone wants a healthy choice, there are no options. We want healthy options in our community.”

Whether it’s Prince George’s or Mississippi, obesity is much more than a “southern” thing–even though the diet in the south primarily consists of anything fried. Obesity is one of those diseases we would rather not discuss. But it too is a disease that is robbing us all.


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