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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 June 20, 2019

    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

    There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

    More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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    Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

    You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

    During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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    Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

    Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

    The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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    This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

    Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

    The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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    This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

    This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

    Conclusion

    While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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