Meanwhile, back in The Real America of Republican wet dreams, not all is well.
Huntington’s [WV] economy has withered, its poverty rate is worse than the national average, and vagrants haunt a downtown riverfront park. But this city’s financial woes are not nearly as bad as its health.
Nearly half the adults in Huntington’s five-county metropolitan area are obese – an astounding percentage, far bigger than the national average in a country with a well-known weight problem.
Huntington leads in a half-dozen other illness measures, too, including heart disease and diabetes. It’s even tops in the percentage of elderly people who have lost all their teeth (half of them have). — Miami Hurled
You’d suppose that people who eat too damn much would at least take care of their teeth, right? I mean, if you need to gum your deep-fried twinkie and cheese casserole every week at the church picnic and cattle show, you won’t have enough time for seconds or thirds.
This is McCain/Palin country, folks. The city straddles two counties, Cabell and Wayne. Both supported McCain in the general election, 54-44 and 58-40% majority of votes in the election.
The Huntington area is essentially tied with a few other metro areas for proportion of people who don’t exercise (31 percent), have heart disease (22 percent) and diabetes (13 percent). The smoking rate is pretty high, too, although not the worst.
However, the region is a clear-cut leader in dental problems, with nearly half the people age 65 and older saying they have lost all their natural teeth. And no other metro area comes close to Huntington’s adult obesity rate, according to the report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data from 2006.
Mighty pretty country,too, I imagine. Nice leaves in the autumn, and in winter, the snow covers up the coal-stained mud. So what if the population is mostly poor, obese, toothless, sickly smoking old-timers. At least they got their guns, their bibles, and their ex-Klansman Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, age 106. And they sure don’t cotton to hearing Spanish spoke in the general store.
Well, that’s enough stereotyping for one morning.