34 years in this business has taken me to some great places across this country. Rockford, IL, Aberdeen, SD, Stevens Point, WI, Kansas City, MO, Anchorage, AK, Dallas, TX, Enid, OK and now Fort Smith.
The most obese state in the country has almost double the proportion of plus-sized citizens than the least obese state, according to a new survey.
The newly-released Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index shows
percent of its population being obese.
smaller than 20 percent, the report found. The
Obesity rates in each state were not statistically different in 2012 when compared with findings from 2011, with the exception of four states:
Obesity rates continued recent regional trends and were highest in Southern and Midwestern states and lowest in Western and Northeastern states.
The survey found the national obesity rate held steady at 26.2 percent in 2012, compared with 26.1 percent in 2011, but is still higher than the 2008
Top Five States
In the middle of cold and flu season, most of us are careful about what we touch. Otherwise, we could get sick. But what should we do about things we have to touch? Like our cell phones?
It turns out, germs on cell phones could be putting some people's skin health at
risk. It's the one accessory you never leave home without. "My cell phone is with me 24-7," said one viewer. It's in my purse, my children are playing with it, I bring it into the bathroom," said another.
And that means nasty little organisms may be hitch-hiking from one surface to another. Then, we apply our cell phones directly to our faces.
To find out what might be lurking on your cell phone, the 12 News Defenders went to a lab to have some phones tested. A lab technician swabbed the phones, then incubated the swabs at body temperature for 3 days.
We found bacteria that cause Staph, Strep, and other infections. But don't get too
concerned. "This stuff is not harmful," explained lab tech Joel Bracey. "It occurs naturally in the environment. So people don't need to be afraid of their cell phones just because I found staph on there."
Our dermatologist wasn't surprised by the findings either. But she has added a few extra questions about cell phones when examining patients for acne.
"One consideration when a patient comes for the treatment of acne, especially if it's along the jaw line, is to ask them, 'What side do you talk on your cell phone? Do you talk on your cell phone often?" explained Dr. Laci Theunissen. "The constant pressure and contact of the cell phone, along with the bacteria found on the surface of phones can aggravate the skin and add to acne breakouts."