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The New York Times writes that “Americans are continuing to get fatter and fatter, with obesity rates reaching 30 percent or more in nine states last year, as opposed to only three states in 2007, health officials reported on Tuesday.

“The increases mean that 2.4 million more people became obese from 2007 to 2009, bringing the total to 72.5 million, or 26.7 percent of the population. The numbers are part of a continuing and ominous trend ... The nine states with obesity rates of 30 percent or more are Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia. The highest rate, 34.4 percent, was in Mississippi."
KC's View:
It isn’t like this trend has snuck up on us. It is hard to think of a cultural trend in the US that has gotten more publicity than the obesity crisis over the past half-decade or so. But either people aren’t hearing the warnings or simply don’t care ... or, perhaps, the food acquisition machinery is so stacked against them that they don’t have a chance. (Though I reject this last scenario, for the most part. We almost always have a choice.)

Either way, it isn’t good for consumers’ health, for the nation’s health, or even for the health of the health care system that eventually will have to take care of them.