The amazing shrinking and expanding Minnesota

Oh for the love of the sweet, sweet paradox.

Two stories in the news today could be related. But they’re not.

First:

We’re shrinking.

Second:

No, we’re not.

As long as we’re on the subject, let’s talk about obesity and the half-full/half-empty coverage.

Twenty-five percent — one in 5 3 4 of us — in Minnesota aren’t just fat We’re obese. Twenty-three percent of Minnesota kids are overweight, according to a survey out today from The Trust for America’s Health.

“Obviously, Minnesota is doing something right,” said Serena Vinter, one of the authors, told the Star Tribune.

We are?

Here’s a line from her press release:


Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single state in the past year, according to the F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009.

Maybe we’re not as fat as, say, Wisconsin, but how is it possible to categorize this as a success story?

The situation remains a disaster waiting to happen — except it’s happening now. Since the data shows Minnesota is not improving, this 2003 MPR series — The Fight Against Fat — remains timely.

  • B

    “Twenty-five percent — one in 5 of us ”

    125% ?

  • bob

    I think physicians who aren’t relentless with their patients when it comes to addressing issues of obesity are committing malpractice.