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Obesity Rates Of Different American States In One Graph And What To Get From It

Obesity Rates Of Different American States In One Graph And What To Get From It

The cure to the problem that is obesity is pretty simple. You just take in fewer calories than you burn every day. However, although the cure is rather simple, the problem of obesity is not a trivial one in America.

Obesity in America has emerged as a huge problem in the recent years, so far as to be viewed as an epidemic. According to Heart.org, almost 78 million adults and 13 million children in the United States are suffering from obesity.

A recent report released in 2014 entitled The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America shows how obesity rates of different American states have changed from 1990 to 2014.

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Here below is the state by state obesity rate of adults in America as of 2014 in a single graph. For the detailed inspection of change in obesity rates for the past 25 years, refer to the original report.

America's Fattest States

    Back in 1990, Mississippi was the fattest state in U.S. with an obesity rate of 15 percent. All the other states had lower obesity rate. However in 2014, things have changed drastically. There’s not a single state which has obesity rate below 15 percent. In fact, in 22 U.S. states, the obesity rate is 30 percent or higher.

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    Obesity rates are now above 35 percent in three of the American states. Arkansas is the most obese state in America with an obesity rate of 35.9 percent. West Virginia comes next with an obesity rate of 35.7 percent while Mississippi is the third most obese American state at 35.5 percent.

    The obesity rates are below 25 percent in only seven of the states. They are Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, California, Vermont and Utah. The three of the least obese American states are Colorado, District of Columbia and Hawaii. Colorado is the least obese American state with an obesity rate of 21.3 percent. District of Columbia comes second at 21.7 percent while Hawaii comes next at 22.1 percent.

    When it comes to causes, there are various factors involved. Some of the major causes are genetics, overeating, high carbs in diet, slow metabolism and physical inactivity. One particular study even attributed the cause of obesity to excessive binge-watching on streaming media such as Netflix, which over half of Americans use to stream movies and TV shows.

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    Obesity is a serious problem that can affect different parts of the body and lead to different forms of illnesses. These health problems can be acute and chronic. Some of the effects of obesity are diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, heart attack and coronary heart diseases.

    However, obesity is something that can be prevented as well as cured. The solution is pretty elementary as stated already in the article i.e. to take fewer calories than you can burn. There are two aspects of this solution- diet and exercise.

    For the ‘diet’ aspect, you have to have frequent meals, eat lots of fruits, eat green leafy vegetables, cut sugar intake and drink lots of water. And, for the ‘exercise’ aspect of the solution, some of the best exercises to get rid of fat are lower ab sequence, inverted rows, barbell back squats, pull ups and leg curls.

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    Featured photo credit: America’s Fattest States via forbes.com

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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      Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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