July 5, 2009

Analytics- Obesity and Why Nobody From Wyoming Reads This Blog

A couple seemingly unrelated things I'd like to comment on...first of all: people who read this blog. Since I began keeping track on October 21, 2008 with Google Analytics this blog had had 7,014 visits from 90 countries/territories (including places as far removed from the content of this blog as Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago, Mauritius, Ghana, and Iran (must have been before Iran tried shutting down internet access)) but not a single visit from the Great State of Wyoming. I'd been looking as maps like those below and just wondering how I could have attracted people from eastern Europe to visit my blog but not any from a state in the western United States.

The second topic is that of obesity...I haven't noticed nearly as many overweight and obese people in Massachusetts than I did in Illinois...and was curious enough to look up the statistics and it turns out that for the 2008 rankings, Massachusetts is the 48th fattest state in the union while Illinois is 27th. Wyoming was 33rd, with 1 in 4 Wyomingites (yeah...seriously Wyomingites...but that's better than Haligonians from Halifax) being obese. Maybe that's something that will get their attention.

Wyoming obesity rate remains steady
Associated Press - July 2, 2009 12:05 PM ET

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A new report says nearly 1 in 4 Wyoming adults are obese.

That's about the same rate as in last year's report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The obesity rate among Wyoming children also has held steady.

The sixth annual report, "F is for Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing America," showed obesity on the rise in 23 states. No states had significant decreases in obesity.

The report shows Wyoming does well in preventing overweight youth. Wyoming has the fifth-lowest rate of youth who are overweight or obese.

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