Weighty issue

By Observer Upload August 15, 2012 02:22 pm

We’re not No. 1. We’re not No. 50 either. A recent report showed Oregon as the 35th fattest state in the nation.

That sounds OK. But we could do better. According to a recent report from the Trust for America’s Health, Oregon is trending upwards on the scale.  Fifteen years ago, about one in every two Oregonians was either obese or overweight. Today that number is more than six in every 10.

Think about it. The result is more hypertension. More diabetes. More expensive doctor visits.

The West is still the skinniest region and Colorado the skinniest state, while Mississippi tipped the scales the heaviest with nearly 36 percent of its population considered obese. 

What to do? Move more. Take a walk. Ride a bike. Eat less, especially stuff dripping in sugar and fat.

Trailing the skinny minis of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Colorado and New York is embarrassing. Oregon could do better.