Here's where Utah ranks among the most obese states

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  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 10:43 p.m.

    Good grief. There should be no increase in obesity. It's life and death to improve this percentage. Too much processed food--and too much screen time!

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Sept. 14, 2018 7:02 a.m.

    If one wishes to avoid obesity, heart disease and stroke, colon, breast, and prostate cancer, reduce your chances of a host of other degenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, avoid asthma, etc. one needs to be on a vegetarian diet. That means no beef, pork, or lamb, sausage, hot dogs, deli, processed ham. No dairy other than a cup of skim non fat milk, no cheese. Egg whites ok. If one has had a heart attack or stroke then no "healthy oils" like olive oil or any other oils, no fish, no poultry nothing with a mother. Only the low fat can reverse heart disease. Usually a B-12 tab, D3, multivit should be taken. This diet is good for children except they may need not to be so strict as they will grow shorter on this diet. It is also good for athletes.
    Those following this type of low fat diet will lose weight if they need to as much as 50 or more pounds. Fat goes to fat. One may eat all the complex carbohydrates one want leafy greens, etc. only whole grains are eaten, maybe a walnut or two. A fish oil cap too.
    If this appeals to you look up Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Esselstyne.

  • Holly Mullen Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 4:26 p.m.

    Cheap, mass-produced food (relative to most of the world) and outrageously large portions have driven obesity numbers skyward for years now. Even then, the U.S. wastes more food than any other country. Eat less. Exercise more. That's the not-so-secret formula. The fact that Utah's population is only one-quarter obese is nothing to brag about. It's actually a health crisis.

  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    Sept. 13, 2018 2:42 p.m.

    On average, Americans eat about 3,700 calories per day. That is up about 1,000 since the 80's. To help me understand calorie intake, I consider what exercise would be required to burn it off. A donut is a half hour on an exercise bike. A 12 pack of soda is about a half marathon. My daughter started measuring food, and I was surprised by the difference in food volumes: a tablespoon of mayonnaise has the same calories as a bowl of carrots. It takes an hour to eat the same calories of sunflower seeds as are contained in a snack sized candy bar.

  • Imprimis American Fork, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 2:08 p.m.

    Will Utah improve in the obesity rankings anytime soon?
    Fat chance.

  • hbeckett Colfax, CA
    Sept. 13, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    our body knows what it should be doing but somehow that information never makes it to point where precise action will take control so maybe some part of us is not paying attention at the important facts that are readily aparrent maybe we need more full length mirrors and scales
    and show our inner self who we should be for our own well being maybe we missed the point on why we are here like maybe to be our best.

  • bassoonlady OREM, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 11:50 a.m.

    Part of the problem I think, is the illusion that we don't have time. We don't have time to cook healthy meals. We don't have time to walk or bike to church/school/the grocery store. Or our schedules are so full and busy that by the time we get home we are too tired to cook, or do anything besides veg in front of the screen.
    If we were to slow down a little and take care of ourselves before our schedules, I think we'd be healthier and happier.

  • Susan Quinton Draper, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 10:06 a.m.

    We just read a book called “The Longevity plan” by Dr. John Day. He works here at Intermountain, but traveled to China to these long-lived villages to see why they are so healthy and what they do. Part of the problem in Utah is that we sit too much, and especially at church and work. In China they usually stand for events and work hard doing manual labor...anyway, get the book, it’s fascinating what life changes we can make for health and less obesity.

  • shamrock Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 9:31 a.m.

    When we travel, I'm always struck by how many people in the Salt Lake airport are chubby. Too much ice cream and dirty sodas, I guess.

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 13, 2018 7:38 a.m.

    Approximately 10 percent of U.S. adults were classified as obese during the 1950s. The average restaurant meal is four times larger than it was in the 1950s.

    25 % is still not good. With most people eating processed foods, fast food, cholesterol, fat, soda, sugar in a dozen forms, snacking all day long it is a small wonder the obesity rate isn't higher. To add fuel to the fire most of us sit in front of a screen hours daily.

    My doctor eats healthy, walks to work, walks at lunch, walks home and is trim and fit. I do the same. It takes effort but healthy habits can be achieved.