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OUR VIEW: Want to trim government fat? Start with your own waistline

September 30, 2012
Pittsburg (Kansas) Morning Sun

 

Because I’m fat, I’m fat, come on.
You know I’m fat, I’m fat, you know it.
You know I’m fat, I’m fat, come on, you know.
Don’t you call me pudgy, portly or stout
Just now tell me once again who’s fat.
— Weird Al Yankovic’s “Fat”, a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Bad”

We’ll start with the good news first: Compared to our other Four-State neighbors, Kansas is the least obese of the four.

Whereas Kansas has an obesity rate of 29.6 percent (tied for 13th in the nation with Ohio), our overweight friends to the east, Missouri, are even worse, at 30.3 percent (12th). Both Missouri and Kansas are a bit better than Arkansas, which tips the scales with 30.9 percent of their residents being categorized as obese, good (bad?) for seventh place.

 

 

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