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    America's fattest states have the fewest bicyclists

    http://www.examiner.com/x-2429-Bicyc...ation-Examiner

    The US states with the highest obesity rates are Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia.
    According to the US Census, these are also the states with the fewest regular bicyclists.
    And, Alabama and West Virginia are the least bicycle friendly states in the League of American Bicyclists rankings.

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    What a coincidence, because there's clearly no relation to being fat and not exercising. It's all genetics.
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    Correlation does not imply causation.

    But in this case I wouldn't be surprised if that's one of the causes of the obesity rates.

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    The states with the lowest obesity rates still have a population that is hovering near or above 30%! "Figures don't lie but people can figure."

    When you have a massive population convinced that they can step on a stair-climber for 1 hour, burn 300 calories, and then down a burger with 500 calories, yet look like the supermodel on television selling them some crap they don't need, it's pretty obvious what the result is going to be.

    Americans in general are obese because they eat too much. Consider it a blessing. This has little if not nothing to do with bikes. Nice try though.
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    They're not fat, they're just Big Boned, so they need special equipment not available in those areas!
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    too much fast food and work hours leading to not enough physical activity and obesity. Am I right? do I get a cookie if I was?
    Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    too much food and not enough physical activity. Am I right? do I get a cookie if I was?
    I tend to agree.

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    A co-worker of mine in Colorado went down to Alabama for a week. He came back, and reported, "No wonder those people are all fat! It's too hot to exercise! I jogged down to the end of the block and was soaked in sweat when I got there!" I did find it was much much easier to get exercise in in Colorado than in Texas.
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    they seem to do fine in Cuba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    A co-worker of mine in Colorado went down to Alabama for a week. He came back, and reported, "No wonder those people are all fat! It's too hot to exercise! I jogged down to the end of the block and was soaked in sweat when I got there!" I did find it was much much easier to get exercise in in Colorado than in Texas.
    with observations like that, i hope he calls you boss.

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    North Carolina demands a re-weigh.
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    Damn.

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    As an Alabama resident, I will give you that there are lots of fat people here, including lots of fat cyclists. I don't know exactly how they decided we were one of the most cyclist-unfriendly states, though. I have generally had good luck riding here for the past four years, few problems with drivers, and the roads tend to be in good shape. More problems with dogs than drivers. It is hot though, most of last week had heat indexes over 100 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
    Americans in general are obese because they eat too much. Consider it a blessing. This has little if not nothing to do with bikes. Nice try though.
    I dunno. I eat three times as much as someone I know who is on Weight Watchers and still has about 30 lb to lose. It's not just eating, but rather intake vs. output. Of course, bikes don't have to be a part of that equasion, but they can be.
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    Fat rednecks.

    Go figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimconyc View Post
    I tend to agree.
    no cookie for you. have a piece of celery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
    A co-worker of mine in Colorado went down to Alabama for a week. He came back, and reported, "No wonder those people are all fat! It's too hot to exercise! I jogged down to the end of the block and was soaked in sweat when I got there!" I did find it was much much easier to get exercise in in Colorado than in Texas.
    I did some co-op terms at a defense contractor in Ft Worth when I was in college.
    The biggest problem I had in maintaining my running habit,
    was trying to figure out how to *comfortably* carry enough water for the distance I was running.
    I finally resorted to choosing my routes based on where there was water available.

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    Processed foods are the norm for most people so if they're consuming a large amount of foods high in fat and carbs plus leading a sedentary lifestyle weight will be a problem. Being a cyclist won't matter much in regards to fitness if you're wolfing big macs combo meals everyday and pootling along on a bike to get it.
    I like pie

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    Happy Alabama Jubilee, those boys enjoy their b'bque !

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
    http://www.examiner.com/x-2429-Bicyc...ation-Examiner

    The US states with the highest obesity rates are Mississippi, Alabama, and West Virginia.
    According to the US Census, these are also the states with the fewest regular bicyclists.
    And, Alabama and West Virginia are the least bicycle friendly states in the League of American Bicyclists rankings.
    I've not had any problems cycling here in Alabama but I do most of my riding out in the country. "Bicycle friendly" usually means a lot of bike lanes in the cities.

    I also wouldn't put too much faith in using Census numbers with regards to cyclists. I would be surprised if Alaska really has more regular cyclists than Alabama or West Virginia. Same for the other states with much smaller populations, like Wyoming or North Dakota.

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    What about us cyclists who ride and are fat? Which way do we tip the equation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanders View Post
    North Carolina demands a re-weigh.
    +1

    Bojangles is so good.

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    Southerners deep fry everything. And save bacon grease for seasoning their greens. Macaroni and cheese is considered a vegetable.

    But they do not put mayonnaise on their french fries.

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    Alabama is one cool state, even though its hot. I went to an Alabama game in the 60s when they were ranked #1 and the entire stadium genuflected when the Bear walked across the field. Those people know how to party..They party Friday night, Saturday morning, at the game, Saturday night, Sunday morning. I understand when they play LSU or Auburn they party near the whole week. You gotta like a place where college football is THE most important thing going. So what if theyre a little heavy. Here in Jersey kids are getting fatheads and butts from Ipods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
    Southerners deep fry everything. And save bacon grease for seasoning their greens. Macaroni and cheese is considered a vegetable.

    But they do not put mayonnaise on their french fries.
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/n...ipe/index.html

    The Bacon Grease makes this side. It's awesome...or variants of it are also awesome.

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