4 Utahns compete on 'The Biggest Loser;' 25 percent of state is obese

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  • cstott Lehi, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 1:54 p.m.

    You go Rulon!! at least your doing something. There are less obese people out there who are content staying the way they are.

  • utopia381 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    Actually the Fitness Center opened not that long ago. Probably after he was casted for the show.

  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 11:46 a.m.

    How do they get these figures on obesity in each city? I live in West Jordan and nobody ever asked me if I'm overweight or not.

  • luv2organize Gainesville, VA
    Jan. 5, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    Rulon you can do it! For me the hardest part of weight loss is keeping it off. Maintenance takes as much effort as actually losing the weight. I visited Utah for a couple of weeks and was surprised that every where I looked kids and adults were all very large. I haven't lived in the state for years but it seemed like such a difference of years gone by. It made me so sad for the kids especially.

    Mom of 8 - Give Rulon some Mercy. We can all be members of a gym or own one for that fact but doesn't make us thin. He's just human.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 9:46 a.m.


    Midvale, Rose Park and West Jordan - heavily(pun intended) Democratic districts also.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 8:44 a.m.

    The biggest irony in this biggest loser thing is that Rulon Gardner just opened a FITNESS CENTER in Logan! I was thinking about checking it out, until now.

    If he can't get fit at his own center, who can? Not the best advertising stunt.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 6:51 a.m.

    Utahns love their ice creams....

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Jan. 5, 2011 4:05 a.m.

    I think if the numbers were broke down to locality like rural vs city we would have an obesity and overweight rate in the cities well over 75% and an average or below rate of 25% would be more realistic.

    In the rural more active harder working parts of the state we would most like find and average rate of 75% with less than 25% obese or overweight. It's not that the rural residents eat healthier, they also spend more time burning off the fat doing hard work that even the illegal won't do.

    Isn't it amazing how you can make numbers work? Just like they do with per pupil spending in education, the data is all lies when you break it down by poor and rich class of the state.

  • Stay the Course Mona, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    This is a great show most of us aren't as big as the contestants on the show. If they can do it surely we can get healthier as well and lose weight.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    I truly feel for the people on the show. The poor guy who still needs to lose 300 lbs (after losing 145) just to get to a normal weight broke my heart. It is such an overwhelming feat and I wish him luck. I know (and he knows) it is all his own doing, but still, I am pulling for him and everyone else who is trying to improve their physical health.

  • Ogdenite Lincoln, NE
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    Man, Rulon looks terrible. His mere appearance on the show makes Olympians look bad. Terrible.

  • yankees27 Heber, Utah
    Jan. 4, 2011 11:03 p.m.

    ya, but figures are skewed sometimes. I am a 41 yr old white male, 5-11, 195 work out 4-5 times a week, eat mostly healthy, don't smoke and by the BMI I am overweight. So, just because some article says that 60% of Utah is "overweight", doesn't mean that we aren't all healthy, just over someone else's idea of healthy.

  • juni4ling Penrose, CO
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    25% of Utah is overweight.

    50% of the state is average, and 25% of the state is underweight.

    I am 17% impressed with these statistics.

  • wc Park City, UT
    Jan. 4, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    Interesting demographic. The obesity rate appears to be correlated political party! The Avenues, Foothill area and Summit County are among the few strongholds of the Democratic party and according to this article also have the lowest obesity rates. How about a study on IQ distribution next?