Obesity trends


In the past 5 decades, the obesity rate in the United States has never gone down two years in a row, paraphrased from the Odd Lots Episode linked above.

Totally astounding. I'd be on that changing over the next two years.

Smoking and obesity correlations



From Café Anne:

I've long suspected an inverse correlation between smoking rates and obesity rates. As society, it seems, we’ve merely swapped one distraction strategy for another in an effort to prevent the VOLCANO OF INNER PAIN from erupting into our everyday lives, haha!

The inverse correlation is nearly perfect. The percentage of people who smoke dropped from 42% in 1965 to about 12% today. Over the same period, the obesity rate climbed from 14% to 43%!

My conclusion? Symmetry is cool! Enjoy your sandwich!