Kentucky Is 7th-Most Fat In The Country

Ready for more stats you aren’t going to like? 30.5% of adult Kentuckians are obese. 21% of Kentucky children are obese. We are fat, Kentucky. Jeeeeeeeez.

Some of the key findings about Kentucky:

  • Kentucky set nutritional standards for school lunches, breakfasts, and snacks that are stricter than current United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements. Twenty states and D.C. have set such standards. Five years ago, only four states had legislation requiring stricter standards
  • Kentucky has nutritional standards for competitive foods sold in schools on á la carte lines, in vending machines, in school stores, or through school bake sales. Twenty-eight states and D.C. have nutritional standards for competitive foods. Five years ago, only six states had such standards.
  • Kentucky has not passed requirements for body mass index (BMI) screenings of children and adolescents or legislation requiring other forms of weight-related assessments in schools. Twenty states have passed such requirements for BMI screenings. Five years ago, only four states had passed screening requirements.
  • Kentucky has not passed Complete Streets legislation, which aims to ensure that all users — pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities — have safe access to a community’s streets. Thirteen states have passed Complete Streets legislation.

Is this maybe what happens when 90% of Frankfort weighs 300 pounds and eats nothing but fast food?

2 thoughts on “Kentucky Is 7th-Most Fat In The Country

  1. Well, a goodly part of the problem is poverty, which drives people to eat cheap and fattening food. Some of that is a result of political decisions re: farm subsidies, particularly for corn and sugar, to large contributors to the fat problem. Iowa’s farmers are happy, though.

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