Updated Obesity Rates By US State and Information About The Beach Cities

Many of us watched the presentation by Joel Spoonheim at TEDxManhattanBeach in February 2011 that touched on obesity. If you missed his talk here is the video.

The data has now been updated to include 2010 and the results are sad.

Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, Massachusetts and California had the lowest obesity levels in the United States in 2010, although at least 2 in 10 adults were obese in each of these states. West Virginia, Mississippi, and Kentucky had the highest obesity rates, with more than 3 in 10 obese residents living in these states. The prevalence of obesity is nearly eight percentage points higher, on average, in the 11 states with the highest obesity levels compared with the 10 states with the lowest obesity levels — 30.5% vs. 22.6%, respectively.

The full text of the press release and links to more data can be found here.

A great visual representation of the data can be found here – click on the well-being tab.

In addition detailed data has been collected about the Beach Cities.

The results of an intensive survey of beach cities residents about their emotional and physical health will be released today and reportedly includes a few surprises: local residents are angrier than Detroit and more stressed out than New Orleans. The Gallup/Healthways Well Being Index, a measurement tool that will be used as the Vitality City public health initiative gets underway locally next month, shows that that while local residents are on average slightly more physically healthy than the rest of the nation, they are enduring more emotional duress than the national average. Dr. Lisa Santora, the Beach Cities Health District chief medical officer, said that beach cities residents would receive an overall “C” grade if the results were graded on a one to 100 scale like a school test.

“As you can imagine, a lot of people assume the beach cities would be uniquely healthy and have better well-being than the rest of the country,” Santora said. “The final scores do show us better in some areas….but the levels of stress, worry, and anger are higher than Detroit and New Orleans.”

For more information click here.

TED Active 2011

I just spent an amazing week at TED Active 2011 in Palm Springs. The conference was attended by around 500 people and there were over 160 TEDx Organizers from all over the world. If you want to get a feel for the 6 day event then please watch some of the following videos.

TED Active 2011 Day 1

TED Active 2011 Day 2

TED Active 2011 Day 3

If you have ever wandered why people like to get together and watch TED talks I think that this Harvard Business Review article is very helpful.

I hope that through TEDxManhattanBeach events many people will be able to enjoy some of the fun of a conference like TED Active.


Added Later:

Theses blog articles was written by Hannah who was watching the TED Live Stream they describe the talks far better than I could. Here is her bio…

My name is Hannah & I’ve been sick all my life. Even though we didn’t know it at the time, I was born with Lyme Disease (my mum had it when she was pregnant with my twin sister & I), which means that I suffered hearing loss, seizures, severe dyslexia, & eventually paralysis, which put me in my wheelchair (it is very groovy, it’s painted with vines, and leaves & flowers & is called Ivy). The good news is that I am now starting to get well & am no longer dying – thanks to some really great Dr’s I am now able to walk, talk, swallow & breathe easily again. I’m still doing treatment and rehab, but I’m finally getting better & not dying anymore (my hope is for remission).