Pound for pound, Americans just can't be beat.
At least, not to the fast food joints.
If the trend of the past 15 years isn't turned around, drastically and soon, we'll need forklifts to get us out of bed in the morning.
America needs to get out more and eat less.
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Or at least, get out more and eat differently.
The medical/health community again reports that Americans just keep getting bigger and bigger, and not in a good way.
Here in the Northwest, we fall about in the middle of the obesity charts that count the growth of the American population.
The U.S. state with the least number of obese people on a percentage of population basis is Colorado. Yet just 15 years ago, that same percentage of Colorado's obese adults (19.8 percent) would have made it the fattest state in the nation.
The percentage of Washingtonians who are obese is 26.4; Oregon is 25.4, Idaho, 25.7 and Montana, 23.8.
Mississippi's rate is 34.4 percent, the worst in the nation.
In Mississippi and throughout the South, scattered reports come in about such amazing changes as outlawing fried chicken at church picnics, turning parking lots into walking tracks and cutting back on sugared cold drinks.
Even Moon Pies may be in trouble and lord knows what's going to happen to the pralines.
Here, we're lucky.
Our traditions aren't quite as dependent upon lard as other parts of the country, and our outdoors can't be beat.
From parks (admittedly, some now with a fee), to trails, to wineries, to swimming, to yard work, to gyms and tennis courts and soccer fields, there are many, many things to occupy our bodies and clear our minds.
Getting outside and altering our dining habits are both important. (Even fast food restaurants are beginning to offer occasional items for the health conscious.)
Exercise, if you're up to it, combined with a sensible diet is the best strategy against obesity.
But getting away from the TV is counted by many experts as also crucial. They recommend no more than two hours of TV a day while most Americans spend at least five hours in front of the set.
Video games don't seem to have been factored in this time, but they, plus texting and electronic exchanges instead of walking over to a friend's house, seem the new norm.
It's not all french fries.
"Modern medical science can help us live a very long life, but it doesn't seem to help us live a good, long life," said fitness expert Josef Brandenburg.
"If you are tired and obese in your 20s, it's really not going to go uphill from there. ... In your life, everything else depends on how much energy you have and how you feel. If you don't take care of your body, everything else will suffer without any exception."
The increased risks of obesity include heart attacks, Type 2 diabetes and dying prematurely.
Speaking of that, we're certainly not urging you to run out in the summer sun and try a marathon.
But we do have our shaded walks along the river and long summer evenings where moderate exercise might be just the thing for your body and your spirits.
It is certain that with moderate exercise and a change in diet away from fatty foods, those evening walks will get easier before long, because you'll have more energy to use and less weight to carry.