The Obesity Virus

The Obesity Virus
If you’ve ever seen the movie “Outbreak” with Dustin Hoffman and Renee Russo, there’s a scene where all the politicos are sitting around a table determining what to do to contain the spread of a hemorrhagic virus that has infected a small town.

They show a graph of an animated map of the United States as to how quickly the virus could spread over the course of 24, 48 and 72 hours, if the virus were to make it’s way out of this small town that it’s in now. Basically, within 72 hours, it would consume and spread to the entire country.

I bring this up because I found an animated map of how obesity rates have changed from state to state across the United State between 1985 and 2008 and when it moves from year to year, it made me think of that movie and how striking it is that what we almost have is an obesity virus spreading across this country.

Take a look at the map in 1985:

And then look at it in 2008:

To get the full effect, click here to go to the link and watch it in motion.

In 1985, you only had a handful of states where the state obesity rate was between 10-14%. Compare that to 2008 where only ONE state had obesity rates between 15-19% and all the other states were higher than that.

I don’t know about you but when looking at that whole thing in motion is pretty shocking and in a way, kind of creepy in how it really looks more like an obesity virus rather than an obesity “problem.”

Mike Navin, CSCS


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