Maine is the 'fattest state' in New England

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - A new report says Maine is still the fattest state in New England.

The nonprofit Trust for America's Health released its annual "F as in Fat" report this week ranking states in terms of obesity rates.

According to the report, about 25 percent of Mainers are clinically obese, up from 24 percent in last year's report. Maine had the highest obesity rate in New England, but was 35th nationally.

Mississippi had the highest rates, while Colorado had the lowest.

Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Maine's top health official, told the Bangor Daily News that the high obesity numbers have been decades in the making and that it will take time to turn them around.

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You know, I am overweight,

You know, I am overweight, and we can all sit around and put blame on everything else. But it all boils down to the fact that it's us, the individual, that buys and consumes the foods that make us overweight. I am doing my best,now, to eat as healthy as I can. Yes, the real healthy food is expensive, so I eat less of the food I can afford. It just kills me when I treat myself to a meal out, and see this horribly obese person order the largest portion of the worst food they could order. And this very person is in a wheelchair because they can't walk due to their size. Come on people, America has become lazy. And who's kidding who! We love food! I admit I do! But I have no one to blame but myself for the size of my body. The one thing that does make me laugh is when I go see my doctor....who is far from a sex goddess herself....and she has the nerve to tell me that I am obese! What the hell?

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Reason with me on this: how

Reason with me on this: how about watching tv commercials that advertise food and how good it is, everything from Mickey D's to Seafood Houses, Steak Houses, etc... Do we think that we are being seduced by television to think "FOOD" and eat our way to being Fat... after all the winters in Maine are long too so when we are house bound we are subjected to more and more media telling us just how good this or that is...Think then Reason with me that you should try to do something else than watch tv...have you ever noticed that all commercials seem to run at the same time too? You can not avoid the input... or perhaps you can if you just rent DVD's and watch only the News... but isn't that prime time for folks to eat as well... the plan is Subliminal. Reason says pay attention to the plan.

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You don't suppose all those

You don't suppose all those fattys were former smokers?
Now the smokers will get revenge ..All those former smokers that screamed aout the rest that continued to smoke can now laugh with glee as we watch the TWINKIE police go after them!!!!! ha ha ha

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@taxpayer You can be a fat

@taxpayer You can be a fat worker or a slim slacker. Don't let your ignorance about this country's very needed social services programs impede the very real problem of American obesity.

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@taxpayer You can be a fat

@taxpayer You can be a fat worker or a slim slacker. Don't let your ignorance about this country's very needed social services programs impede the very real problem of American obesity.

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