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Does where you live influence your weight & fitness?

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  • Onedaywriter
    Onedaywriter Posts: 319 Member
    Please see the map below published by CDC. Geography makes a huge difference- notice the clustering of more and less obese states:
  • Onedaywriter
    Onedaywriter Posts: 319 Member
    Please see the map below published by CDC. Geography makes a huge difference- notice the clustering.
    https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html#states
  • Mellouk89
    Mellouk89 Posts: 469 Member
    edited August 2020
    I've seen the stats in my country (Canada) on obesity rates among different socio-economic groups, the difference is not that great. Lower income people are more likely to suffer from obesity, but the difference is minimal, like 1-2%. I suspect it's similar in the US.

    I mean just look around you, there are plenty of smart and educated people who are obese,
  • Mellouk89
    Mellouk89 Posts: 469 Member
    edited August 2020
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  • lynn_glenmont
    lynn_glenmont Posts: 9,555 Member
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    I've seen the stats in my country (Canada) on obesity rates among different socio-economic groups, the difference is not that great. Lower income people are more likely to suffer from obesity, but the difference is minimal, like 1-2%. I suspect it's similar in the US.

    I mean just look around you, there are plenty of smart and educated people who are obese,

    My understanding is that socio-economic inequality gaps are much larger in the U.S. than in Canada.
  • richardgavel
    richardgavel Posts: 1,000 Member
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    I've seen the stats in my country (Canada) on obesity rates among different socio-economic groups, the difference is not that great. Lower income people are more likely to suffer from obesity, but the difference is minimal, like 1-2%. I suspect it's similar in the US.

    I mean just look around you, there are plenty of smart and educated people who are obese,

    My understanding is that socio-economic inequality gaps are much larger in the U.S. than in Canada.

    I think it's likely that those in lower socio economic groups are more likely than average to be obese. However I think it's limited to that, being in a higher group probably doesn't make less likely than average to be obese. Purely my opinion.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 26,829 Member
    edited August 2020
    Mellouk89 wrote: »
    I've seen the stats in my country (Canada) on obesity rates among different socio-economic groups, the difference is not that great. Lower income people are more likely to suffer from obesity, but the difference is minimal, like 1-2%. I suspect it's similar in the US.

    I mean just look around you, there are plenty of smart and educated people who are obese,

    I am just curious why intelligence and education are being brought up in relation to obesity? Genuinely

    It's complicated, but there do appear to be some statistical correlations between educational attainment and obesity, though it doesn't necessarily seem to work the same way everywhere.

    For example:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3902051/

    ETA: No comment from me on correlation with intelligence; I don't consider educational attainment and intelligence to be equivalent. I'm also not expressing an opinion, via this post, that "poor people are more likely to be fat". I'm just responding to your literal question, as to why they'd be brought up in connection to obesity: It's been studied, and there are appear to be correlations, but it's complex.
  • Courtscan2
    Courtscan2 Posts: 496 Member
    Jruzer wrote: »
    As an aside: isn't it remarkable that in our society, for pretty much the first time in history, poor people are more likely to be overweight than affluent people? That's kind of amazing. Starvation has been a scourge of mankind since we started walking upright, and within two generations we've gone from starving to excoriating our society because lower income people have too much food.

    I was thinking this too, often I think socio-economic position plays a massive role.
  • ritzvin
    ritzvin Posts: 2,854 Member
    edited August 2020
    NovusDies wrote: »
    When supply is generous the supermarkets will cater to demand. The only reason any store has more of one type of food than another is because of demand. They are not trying to solve obesity in a specific area they are just trying to make more money.

    When I moved I started shopping at a new store. I eat 10 servings of egg whites at least 5 days a week. When I started going to the store they carried 2 cartons and of course I bought both. I had to get more from another store. After 3 weeks of this their supply increased and instead of buying 2 I was able to buy 4 which I purchased all of again. After 3 more weeks of this they carried 8 and now they carry 12. I buy 8 so I am finally leaving some behind. Shelf space, especially refrigerated and frozen, is precious and outside of some staple items it is going to be devoted to proven winners. People are going to buy the food they want.

    I suspect that I'm almost-single-handedly responsible for the somewhat growing pork rind section in my small nearby bodega. (the salt & vinegar ones are my favored post-ride snack when not in a sweet ice cream mood).
  • ritzvin
    ritzvin Posts: 2,854 Member
    ShredWeek1 wrote: »
    I grew up working poor, and my parents were factory shift workers.

    We lived on oatmeal, cheap hamburger meat, browned produce, bags of rice, and bread/pastry.

    Oatmeal and rice have a long shelf life and they are filling. Hamburger meat could be stretched with oatmeal or rice molded into patties and frozen. Bread and pastry could be bought in abundance at the week old bread store.

    Everything was made or purchased in bulk, cause the car was unreliable, they didn't have time and they could batch prep as much as they could. They came home almost dead white with exhaustion from their shifts (my mother assembled windshield wipers, my father moved steel in a mill) so whatever could be reheated was what we ate. When we got older we made it so they could sleep.

    Their concerns weren't nutrition. Their concerns were 1) not getting evicted 2) not getting injured on the job cause that meant losing their jobs 3) being able to pay for food...you don't buy fresh produce, cause if that rots that means you've wasted the money that you shifted over from buying milk 4) being able to buy clothes at the Salvation Army thrift store.

    Today, I'm affluent. The people in my neighborhood view their bodies as status symbols (just like their cars and the private schools their children attend.) No one cleans their own house, does their own landscaping, buys their own groceries. There is money, there is time and there is energy.

    Had my parents had those, we would have eaten differently.

    Adding to this: what food can be easily transported plays a role too... low calorie density-high volume items take up valuable space in a backpack for someone walking a long distance or taking buses to/from the grocery store. (This is one of the reason's I've found it weird that soda and potato chips are as commonly eaten in low-income areas as they are..much too cumbersome to carry. Bread is a 'squishing' issue, but too practical for use and cheap to let that stand in the way).