OUR VIEW: No surprise, Hoosiers continue to get bigger

August 15, 2012
Muncie Free Press

It's hard to imagine the statistics getting worse, but that's exactly what happened this week. Yet another dataset confirms that we Hoosiers are fat.

Indiana now ranks eighth in the nation in a health analysis by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Indiana tied with South Carolina with an obesity rate of 30.8 percent. Last year the state ranked 15th in the nation. Data for the report came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It really doesn't matter whether Indiana ranks 15th or eighth; the result is the same. We're unhealthy because we're unwilling to make necessary lifestyle choices for the better. We're too addicted to fast food available at all hours of the day and night, we're too hooked on sugary drinks, we make poor lifestyle choices and we're getting far too little physical activity.


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