Our Big Problem

Alabama has plenty of problems. There’s one problem, however, many of us can see every time we look in a mirror.

The below stories encompass an occasional series examining the spread of obesity and related health problems in Alabama, and the bigger questions facing our society as a result.
Police recognize value of staying in shape, even if schedule makes it difficult
In Calhoun County, officials at the Anniston, Jacksonville and Oxford police departments estimated about 10 percent of the officers on their respective forces are overweight or obese.
Apr 15, 2012 | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sweating to our health: An active lifestyle plays a huge role in trimming our waistlines
Calhoun County, our home, is a centerpiece to Alabama’s ecotourism movement. That brings certain advantages.
Apr 13, 2012 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Liquid candy: Soda’s role in Alabama’s obesity epidemic
“Is sugar toxic?” 60 Minutes asked in a recent report. Three researchers, writing recently in Nature magazine, floated the idea that sugary sodas are so dangerous they should be treated like alcoholic beverages, meaning underage children shouldn’t be allowed to drink them.
Apr 11, 2012 |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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A full plate of fat: The state’s obesity crisis has many causes
The reason for Alabama’s statewide health epidemic isn’t a rise in childhood obesity, or our passion for Southern cuisine, or our preference for driving instead of walking to work. It’s because Alabama doesn’t have enough skinny people. Follow that?
Apr 11, 2012 |  0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
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Southern culinary tradition one factor in obesity
There's a good reason the old TV show "Hee-Haw" always had a segment where offstage voices shouted "Hey, Grandpa, what's for supper?" Food is a rich portion of our culture — sometimes too rich.
Apr 09, 2012 |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
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How we know we're getting fatter: the numbers
“We believe it’s accurate because we see consistency from year to year,” said Sharon Reese, who directs a survey for the Alabama Department of Health.
Apr 08, 2012 |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Why Alabama can't keep the weight off
“People who are poor will buy high-calorie, high-energy food because it’s cheap,” said Tannista Banerjee, a health economist at Auburn University. “With $2 or $3 to spend, you can buy a meal that seems filling, but isn’t very healthy.”
Apr 08, 2012 |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Mom, why am I fat?’ Shock campaign has Alabama’s neighbor talking about weight
There’s a bare room with two folding chairs. A mother and her young son enter, sit down, and look at each other for an uncomfortably long time. Then the boy asks a question. “Mom, why am I fat?”
Apr 08, 2012 |  0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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