Kentucky's Waistline Growing

By: Sarah Goebel Email
By: Sarah Goebel Email

With fast food at our fingertips, America's waistline continues to grow. A new study ranks the top 30 states with an obesity problem and Kentucky is one of them .

Officials have declared obesity a top health threat among Americans. Someone who is about 30-pounds overweight is considered obese.

Kentucky's population is more than 25-percent obese and we visited a local L.A. Weight Loss Center to find out why.

John Lay and Patsy Shanks have been battling their bulge most of their lives.

"I get depressed or something then I eat," Shanks admits.

"I didn't know when to stop," Lay added.

They're not surprised Kentucky ranks among the most obese states in the country.

"The way everybody cooks. They have to cook with their bacon and their grease," Shanks said.

L.A. Weight Loss Manager Tina Baker said oversized meal portions at restaurants are a big contributor to an already growing obesity epidemic.

"A lot of people have problems with portion control. They overeat and there's a lack of activity," Baker said.

"The servings they give are two to three times what I would have in a normal meal," Lay said about the way some restaurants serve food.

John said he's learning how to eat right.

"The general guideline, don't eat more than your fist," he explained.

And it seems to be working because he's lost 170-pounds in two years and patsy's dropped more than 40 this year.

"I can see someone eating something now and it just really doesn't bother me. Ice-cream, cake, whatever. I can do without," Shanks assured.

"You put your mind to it. You're going to slip, going to have set backs, but just keep the goal in mind," Lay added.

To track your total calorie consumption and to view the nutrition information at popular fast food restaurants, click here.

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