More than a fifth of adults in Colorado are fat, but it’s still the skinniest state in the nation, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map that highlights the scale of America’s obesity epidemic.
The CDC’s 2011 map, based on a continuous, wide-ranging series of surveys, shows that at least 20% of people in every state are obese, and in 12 states, more than 30% of people are obese, Wired reports. Obesity is most prevalent in Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.
Tennessee has dropped off the most obese list and Indiana has joined it, but the CDC warns that this year’s map can’t be directly compared with previous years because of some changes in methodology. States in the “fat belt” tend to be those with the highest rates of strokes and diabetes and lowest per-capita incomes, MedPage Today notes. Mississippi, America’s poorest state, is also its heaviest, with 34.9% obesity.
LiveScience reports, the telephone survey of more than 350,000 adults posed questions about emotional health, work environment, and self-evaluation for the present and five years down the road.
Here are the happiest states, including a score out of a possible 100 points:
- Hawaii: 70.2
- North Dakota: 70.0
- Minnesota: 69.2
- Utah: 69.0
- Alaska: 69.0
- West Virginia: 62.3
- Kentucky: 63.3
- Mississippi: 63.4
- Delaware: 64.2
- Ohio: 64.5
The LAPD got a search warrant against someone who was after Justin Bieber‘s former girlfriend, Caitlin Beadles.
According to the warrant someone went on tumblr.com, a social media website, using the name KILLSGANDCB (guessing it means kill Selena Gomez and Caitlin Beadles). The perp said she was going to “murder” Beadles and had cameras trained on her 24/7, ominously promising the victim won’t know what’s coming until she “wakes up on the other side of her bed with a knife.”
The suspect is a 14-year-old girl who lives in Kentucky who is developmentally disabled. LAPD detectives contacted her mother, who is now closely monitoring her Internet activities.
I wonder how the disabled girl felt about Mariah Yeater and her bastard child? Hey, it is a bastard. I looked up the definition.
Once the self-proclaimed “Ice Cream of the Future,” Dippin’ Dots is seeking federal bankruptcy protection, a move the company said is aimed at staving off foreclosure on more than $11 million in loans.
The Kentucky based company filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas H. Fulton to allow it to use cash collateral to continue operations while the case plays out. The company said in a filing that allowing it to use the cash collateral and stay functioning will not harm creditors, including its largest single creditor, Regions Bank, which is owed $11.1 million.
Alabama-based Regions Bank sued Dippin’ Dots in February, alleging the company defaulted on multiple loans.
Steve Heisner, director of administration for Dippin’ Dots, said Regions gave the company 48-hours’ notice that it intended to foreclose on the loans. That move forced Dippin’ Dots Inc., to file for bankruptcy while looking to refinance the debt, Heisner said.
“We are hopeful and believe we will be successful,” Heisner told The Associated Press. “There is no thought, intent … that our operations will be significantly different than they are today.”
Heisner said the bankruptcy affects only the manufacturing and national sales arm of the company. The franchise end of the company will not be affected by the proceedings, he said.
“The dot, it’s going to be there,” Heisner said. “There’s no doubt about it.”