Last week Gallup released the results of its latest national “well-being” survey – data which has for the last five years has tracked body mass index (BMI) based on the self-reported height and weight of a sampling of American citizens.
According to the survey, 27.1 percent of Americans are obese – up from 26.2 percent a year ago and 25.5 percent in 2008.
“The upward trend in obesity thus far in 2013 reverses the lower levels found in 2011 and 2012,” Gallup’s pollsters note.
“One possible reason why obesity has increased is that fewer Americans are exercising frequently, in 2013 compared with 2012,” the pollsters note.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity rates in America are much higher – 35.7 percent for all adults.
In South Carolina – one of the most obese states in America – Gov. Nikki Haley declared a “war on fat” back in February. However she has yet to follow through on her only concrete proposal in that war – an effort to more tightly regulate the dietary choices of those who receive taxpayer-funded food subsidies.
Catherine Templeton, director of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), has put forward a specific proposal for regulating food stamp choices that we support – although it’s not clear whether the Haley administration backs that effort.
One thing we do know is that the governor’s food stamp czarina – Lillian Koller of the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) – simply cannot be trusted to report accurate data on food stamp usage in the Palmetto State.