Skip to comments.Rural America Fatter Than Urban America
Posted on 09/14/2012 7:39:18 PM PDT by La Lydia
City slickers are slimmer than their country counterparts, according to a new study that suggests rural obesity is a bigger problem than we realized. A national study in the Journal of Rural Health of over 8,800 Americans showed that country folks were nearly one-fifth more likely to be obese compared to those living in cities. In other words, the findings suggest, where you live is important in obesity.
"The rates of obesity were much higher than previously reported based on self-report, with 39 percent of rural Americans being obese compared to 33 percent of urban Americans," said study lead author Christie Befort, an assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
Past studies have asked people about their weight, but researchers in this study were more precise. They carefully collected their data on obesity through a national database based on adults who stepped on a scale and had their height measured. "We know people tend to overestimate how tall they are and underestimate how much they weigh," said Befort. The authors were astounded to discover that the rates of obesity in rural populations were nearly double compared to prior studies based on self-reported estimates.
So who is obese in rural America? Apparently, the problem is greatest among young people.
"The differences between rural and urban were most pronounced for younger adults between the ages of 20 and 39," said Befort. The researchers suspect that the increasing mechanization of rural jobs may be the cause. "The diet hasn't necessarily changed at the same time the manual labor requirements have gone down."...
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We can shoot straighter too.
Rural people are also much much much smarter then urban people
My guess is that rural folk don't lie as much (to themselves or others.)
I think there is something to this study, but not in the way they’d like it to play: our cities are filling with “replacement Americans” (generally from Latin America and Asia) who are much “lighter” than the multigenerational welfare sows they are displacing in those cities (that have had their “cash-for-kids” program cut ff since the 1996 welfare reform - thus dramatically reducing their numbers).
Anyone who has actually been to the welfare reservations in the cities know there is no way even the heaviest “Wal-Mart types” can hold a candle to some of their urban counterparts raised on gubmint cheese and KFC.
You are correct.
Lotsa problems here... what do they say is rural? The young boys around here are lean, mean fightin’ machines.
The real farm boys, that is. Not the town boys who don’t do sh_t except leave the couch to get a soda.
Bump for later
I can almost smell the bacon that is for breakfast tomorrow.
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Possibly....I recall a sports story from the 1980’s though commenting on “Midwest (Brawn?) and Coastal Quickness.” Basically the linemen were farm boys and then the skill positions were urban kids.
I realize that’s not a valid cross-section though....
The females in the “urban kids” families can probably play as linemen; Midwest brawn has nothing on them (though the NCAA and NFL probably wouldn’t allow those scooters on the field).
I’m so jaded...
From what I’ve read, inner city students also rate themselves as “smarter” than most students. I guess the the urban welfare recipients are smarter and slimmer than the nation as a whole.
On a similar note, am I the only person wondering why Michelle Obama and her ilk are forcing schools and New Yorkers to eat healthy and still allowing food stamp recipients to buy fatty cuts of meat, potato chips, etc., all on the tax payer dime - doesn’t seem quite right to me . . . .
Washington, D.C. is full of fat urbanites.
I suppose it all depends on what they mean by "cities."
Does 280,000 qualify?
Funny thing about the obese rural people ... I live way out in fly-over country and don’t see it that way. Matter of fact, while watching the kids at the state fair dairy cattle show I noticed a trend. Of the 50 or so participants from all over the state ... only one was noticeably overweight.
There’s some genetics involved, too. My most active kid helps his dad on the farm, mows our yard and our in-laws’, worked with 4-H calves, worked at the neighbor’s tree nursery, took care of a big garden all summer ... he’s kind of big.
His teen-age sister, who spends an awful lot of time on the computer or watching TV, is basically a stick. The youngest is in between the two extremes. Go figure ...
Rural Suicides Far Exceed Urban Suicides
Suicide rates are on the rise in rural areas, according to a new study. Compared to urban areas, rural men are committing suicide 54% more often.
suicides occur at a higher rate in rural areas than in cities or suburbs, with the rate rising steadily the more rural the community.
Another reason for UN Agenda 21....It is for our health.
Very few rural areas vote Democrat. Almost all urban areas do.
The Defense rests your Honor.
I’d rather be fat then rat
Sounds like the libs want to implement Stalin’s “Ukrainian Diet Program.”
I just have no sweet tooth.
A dessert for me at a restaurant is a bowl of soup.
Sorry,sugar does not do it for me.
My best friend at work is the water fountain. I sweat a lot, heat does not bother me as long as I keep hydrated.
Beer is good for thirst on the weekend yard work, LOL!
No more calls please, we have a winner.
“Rural people are also much much much smarter then urban people”
And you know this how? Your Prince Dubya tell you that?
They are rated by the BMI, a formula based on the old height/weight chart.
So, if you are 6-1, weigh 220, and have a 34 inch waist, you are still "obese". They do not differentiate between fat weight and muscle weight in the formula, so heroin chic city kids weigh in just fine, where a kid who has worked on the farm tips the formula as "obese".
With a couple of centuries of genetic selection in flyover country for larger, stronger, and to some degree, stockier folks, and selection for those who fit best in the claustrophobic rat-warrens of urban centers, small wonder there is a difference.
Very few rural areas vote Democrat. Almost all urban areas do.
I see you master 0bama is still running your puppet strings. Don't you ever get tired of being 0bama's mindless stooge?
Time for Moochelle to hire about 10 million people to get out there and make these folks as skinny as she is.
I see the Conservatives for the Reelection of President 0bama is working over time
Bush and the last GOP Congress 2006 Federal Deficit $160 billion
Obama and the last Dem Congress 2010 Federal Deficit $1.6 Trillion
Even a braindead 0bamabot such as yourself should be able to do that much math.
Rural areas tend to vote big government; both of the Rat & DNC versions. After all gotta get their free govt bennies the rest of this nation pays for. Nice try though. As for puppet strings, everyone knows yours are held by the RNC. First, holy worship of Dubya - now your undying adulation for the next appointed Prince. Your head will explode if Romney and Bush ever get into a disagreement...till the RNC comes out with the party line of course.
“Bush and the last GOP Congress 2006 Federal Deficit $160 billion”
ROTFLMAO! Are you seriously trying to argue that Dubya kept spending low during his time in office??! I guess magic fairies paid for Medicare Part D, NCLB, Aids for Africa, TARP ect ect. Put down the bottle and post again once you’ve sobered up.
"The greatest national security threat that we have is obesity"
The greatest national security threat that we have is rural people
I, too, was born without a sweet tooth. My Dad didn’t have one, either. As far as I am concerned, chocolate is OK, I can take it or leave it and I usually leave it unless it is of very high quality. I try to be disciplined about my diet. But it would never occur to me to tell other people what they should or should not eat. This is a beginning attack on people who live in rural areas, where they are harder for the government to dictate to and control. It is also condescending in the extreme. That it should come from a state with a large ag sector is beyond belief.
I'll note first that this research is repeatable and any one of you could get off your own butts and do it.
University professor to the people who pay her salary and provide her food: You yokels are too fat. We need to find ways to punish you. And you are too dumb to know how tall you are and how much you weigh. You young'uns better watch your back.
Self-reported data showed 20-23% obesity in rural areas and 18-20% in urban areas, versus a measured rate of 39.6% rural and 33.4% urban. Most of these people know very well how tall they are and have some idea of how much they weigh. Most of them will tell you that they're "overweight." What they don't know is how significant their weight is for their height; obesity and the health risks it entails are defined based on the BMI. Both rural and urban severely underestimated their self-reported weights. Unless you happen to think that objectively measuring something is somehow less accurate than guestimating it.
We can shoot straighter too.
Since you made the assertion, I checked, and it turns out that obesity is indeed a risk factor for Peyronie's Disease. (The link's not too graphic, but we were shown a picture in lecture where it curved in a U and pointed downward - ouch!)
Rural people are also much much much smarter then urban people
And more vain too?
The rates of obesity were much higher than previously reported based on self-report... My guess is that rural folk don't lie as much (to themselves or others.)
Nah, both groups severely underestimated their weight as compared to measured values. 16-19% more rural obesity versus 13-15% more urban obesity than based on self-reporting. Really, the numbers almost doubled. That's why it's so important to use actual measurements.
our cities are filling with replacement Americans (generally from Latin America and Asia) who are much lighter than the multigenerational welfare sows they are displacing in those cities
The study looked at more than just location and BMI. They didn't have enough rural hispanics in the study to be able to compare their differences as a separate group, but the comparison of whites is non-hispanics. Being black was significantly associated with obesity, in addition to the rural difference. Rural black (55.6% obese) > urban black (43.2%) > rural white (38.4%) > urban white (32.1%). But while we're at it, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease are huge in the hispanic population - have you ever eaten at those Mexican restaurants?
The real farm boys, that is. Not the town boys who dont do sh_t except leave the couch to get a soda.
"Among participants who were active, obesity prevalence was higher among rural compared to urban residents (36.3% [SE = 4.5] and 25.5% [SE = 1.6], respectively; P = .03)."
Please. Actually had a redneck woman say to me, “What’s all them books you got for? You smart er sumtin?” Oh yeah, that’s so much smarter.
Check out the Wal-Mart in Jasper, Texas and get back to me. Was there last month, and it was painfully (to my eyes) obvious that obesity is a much bigger problem in Jasper than Dallas.
You misunderstood the last commenter in your post. He/she was making a distinction between types of rural folk. There are rural townsfolk, and farm folk who don’t live “in town”. Maybe you have to be a ruralite (yes, I just made that one up as an analogue to urbanite) to know that in the first place.
Obesity is certainly on the rise everywhere.
Christie Befort, PhD
Focusing on research that examines strategies for improving behavioral obesity and exercise adherence, Christie collaborates with a multidisciplinary team from various departments across KU. Her background in behavioral medicine and health psychology allows great insight into the study of obesity. Recently completing the SWING Into Weight Loss study, Christie examined the benefit of motivational interviewing for improving adherence to a group-based behavioral weight loss program for African American women. Her research supported by the National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, the American Cancer Society and the KUMC Research Institute has included an evaluation of the impact of affective responses to exercise, treating obesity in diverse populations, and the study of school environments and their relationship to childhood obesity. Christie enjoys chairing capstone projects for MPH students and providing lectures on theories related to motivating behavioral change.
BS Kinesiolgy University of Texas at Austin
MS Counseling Psychology Arizona State University
PhD Counseling Psychology Colorado State University
Residency Clinical Psychology VA Palo Alto Healthcare System
Coming from rural America (WV), the problem as I see is several fold:
a) Diets there still reflect a outdoor physical labor intense lifestyle. Which is not necessarily true today.
b) Modern advertising particularly TV bombards people with ads regarding stuff to eat, most of it bad. Also again the rural lifestyle has been disrupted by severe unemployment and much of the nature of employment that exists has changed. It is less physical demanding. Alot of rural folk watch a surpising lot of TV, which means a sendatary lifestyle.
Aside: I think there is an unrecognized unemployment tragedy is in rural America. I think this is a huge problem, This has been widely ignored by the MSM, opinion makers, those in politics and other "beautiful people".
C) Food stamps and now EBT can be used to purchase a completely unhealthy diet. This needs to be changed. If rules currently exist to stop this. They are clearly not enforced.
d) Huge huge epidemic of unwed mothers in rural America now Everytime I visit my little home town and talk to people, particularly those who are in education and/or work with young people. Basically the same incentives that crated 70% urbam black single mothers are at work here. WIC and other legislation is now making war on the idea of the rural traditional family. And what I find amazing all who point this out to me don't blame the Rats. Their solution is to shovel more money through those programs. (And all of these people identify themselves as "evangelical Christians"!) The lifestyles and diets of these "single moms" are almost never healthy.
Thank you Doctor; I’ll believe my own eyes rather than studies. I’m sandwiched between two of NJ’s biggest cities, and have been to the farmland in the south of the “Garden State” as well as Pennsylvania.
Maybe you didn’t take the time to read my post and see that I supported the findings of the study.
There used to be a time around here when thread hijacking was considered a no-no.......
Thanks for telling all about the study and may cause us rural readers to evaluate. As to my comment concerning shooting straight, I meant a gun. However, did go to the link and learned about Peyronie’s disease. Don’t know as I needed to know about it but now I do. Think I will take a walk.
I’d take a fat rural citizen over a skinny university professor any day.
That the ticket bot. Don’t bother with the facts just cling to your emotion based hysteria. Just keep squealing little Obama piggy. He likes it when you squeal for him like that.
If anyone’s earned the title of a mindless bot its you. From your slavish adulation of whoever occupies the RNC’s top spot to your inability to condemn any disgraceful GOP big government policy, you and your fellow enablers are the reason this country finds Obama at the helm.